Located in Northeast Kansas, Topeka is the capital city of the state. When you are visiting Topeka, you must visit the Kansas State Capitol also known as the Kansas Statehouse. It houses the executive and legislative branches of Kansas state government. This building showcases great architecture and a great sense of history. There is a large mural in the east wing of the building painted by John Steuart Curry. The mural is centered on abolitionist John Brown and is believed to be the only instance of a person convicted of treason being featured in a state capitol. In 1898, Jerome Fedeli painted frescos near the top of the dome. The frescos portrayed bare-breasted classical women. The officials referred to the paintings as "Nude Telephone Girls" and had them painted over. The dome of the building is 304 feet high, taller than the United States Capitol dome. It is also one of the few capitol buildings where visitors are allowed to climb up the stair to go to the top of the dome. This is a fifth story building currently undergoing extensive renovation. While you are there, you can visit Ward-Meade Park, not too far from the city center. It is a family farm located on the Oregon Trail. This 6-acre park features an early 20th century prairie town, an old southern-style mansion, botanical gardens and original log cabins. The 2.5-acre botanic gardens has over 500 varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs, fountain, water garden and gazebo. The Victorian Mansion was the largest home in the city when it was built in 1870. It is popular for weddings, parties and other social gatherings. Ward-Meade Park hosts several special events throughout the year including the spring Tulip Time Festival and the autumn Apple Festival.
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There are lot more place to visit in Topeka, Kansas. Topeka is home to Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site. It is the site of the Monroe Elementary School, now a National Historic Site, commemorating the Supreme Court decision in 1954 that aimed at eliminating the segregation in public schools. It is also the city where the first African-American kindergarten was established west of the Mississippi River. You next stop could be Mulvane Art Museum. It is the oldest accredited museum west of the Mississippi River. It is located on the north end of the Washburn University campus. Even though it is a small college art museum, it is impressive. The museum exhibits extend over four large galleries on two floors. The permanent collection of the Mulvane Art Museum is both national and international in scope. Local and regional artists are also well-represented in the Museum. Visitors of all ages can make their own art in the museum's ARTLab, a hands-on activity center. If you like history then you can stop by at Kansas Museum of History. It is the state history museum which presents the history of Kansas from the prehistoric to modern eras. The galleries feature a steam locomotive, a full-sized tipi in the Southern Cheyenne style, a 1950s diner, one of the largest collections of prairie memorabilia in the U.S. and a hands-on children's area. The main gallery exhibits include Native American tribal history, westward movement on the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, early settlers and Civil War era among others. Another popular place to visit in Topeka is Combat Air Museum. The museum collection include military aircraft, a re-created German P.O.W. barracks, aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia from World War I to the space shuttle program era. It is one of a few major aviation museums in the nation located on an active air field.