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The Kansas State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Kansas serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Sunflower State". The Kansas state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following motto, reflecting the spirit of the state, is also incorporated in the Kansas state seal and is expressed in Latin as "Ad astra per aspera" which means:

"To the stars through adversity"

The Kansas state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Kansas state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.


Facts on the Kansas State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design:

Kansas State Seal Facts

Fact 1: Symbols specified by the first Kansas legislature in 1861, the year of statehood

Fact 1: Designed by John J. Ingalls (1833-1900, a state senator

Fact 2: Adopted May 25, 1861

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Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Kansas State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The motto acts as a canopy in a banner over the Great Seal of Kansas
The image as a whole represents the landscape of the state and the industries that emerged
Rays emanate from the rising sun in the east towards the banner and arcs of stars
The arc displays a cluster of 34 stars and represent Kansas as the 34th state to be accepted into the Union of the United States.
The importance of the rivers to commerce is represented with the steamboat
Steamboats were important to the economy in the 1800's and provided an excellent transportation system for the state
The landscape includes images of Native American  Indians on horseback hunting buffalo
A log cabin representing the early houses of the settlers
A Wagon train, with wagons pulled by oxen, is heading towards the west symbolizing American expansion and the life of the pioneers
The importance of agriculture is represented by a man plowing a field with a pair of horses
The Kansas seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Kansas Seal of 1876
This is a Kansas flyer showing the 1876 design of the seal. The pictures illustrate the lifestyle of the early people of the state. Early pioneers and settlers are depicted preparing a meal over an open fire, with their covered wagon in the background. Native American Indians are depicted on the other side watching the movement of the pioneers through the lands of Kansas.


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