WSU showcases historic images

I love Kansas, and I love where I am from, which is Canton in McPherson County.

It was a wonderful place to grow up, and I am fascinated by the history of the community. Thanks to Wichita State University and its Libraries Information System Special Collections and University Archives I can learn more about the place I call home, including nearby Galva which is part of the Canton-Galva Unified School District No. 419 and where my mother grew up. Also, I can check out my current home — Ransom.

Thanks to the Kansas Sampler Foundation of Inman, I learned that WSU is hosting historic photos of Kansas towns.

The photos are broken down by counties and then towns. It is pretty cool. You can check it out here:

And because I think this is so neat, I’m going to share a few images from the collection with you below:

Aerial View of Canton (via WSU Special Collections)
Galva Public School (via WSU Special Collections)
East Side of Ransom Main Street (via WSU Special Collections)
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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at