52 for 150: What’s So Special About “The History of the Indian Tribes of North America”?

It’s national Native American Heritage Month, so for week 48 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re featuring our rare, 3-volume set of History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas McKenney & James Hall.

This tremendous 19th-century collection of lithographs was really one of the first and best records of what Native Americans looked like, what their costumes were like, what they brought with them to Washington to negotiate the treaties.


About 52 for 150

Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.

Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.

To make an appointment to see this book, either the original set or our smaller reproduction, or get help finding other books or videos related to this topic, call or stop by the Topeka Room (785-580-4510) on the Library’s second floor. We’re located at the top of the stairs on your left.


Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.

One thought on “52 for 150: What’s So Special About “The History of the Indian Tribes of North America”?

  1. I cant udsarntend why libraries should preload up to 3500 ebooks on an eareader to be lent to a patron for for a lenght of time too short to read all of them. Furthermore how many ereaders should a library purchase to fullfill the potential patron requests?

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