Kansas legislators have recognized the Armenian Genocide on the state level. Gubernatorial proclamations as well as state and local legislation are provided below since 2005.  If you know of other documents to be added to this list – old or new – please send a note to elizabeth@anca.org. We look forward to showcasing them.

Kansas citizens also played an active role in assisting Armenian Genocide survivors through the Congressionally mandated Near East Foundation, during the years 1915 – 1930.  Learn more about their efforts below, through research prepared by the ANCA Western Region’s “America We Thank You” program.

And finally, review our snapshot of news coverage of the Armenian Genocide in Kansas press, as we spotlight three articles, prepared as part of the ANCA’s “Genocide Diary” project.  Check back to the Genocide Diary’s Kansas page for new articles added on a monthly basis.

Kansas Gubernatorial Proclamations

Proclamation by Kansas State Governor Kathleen Sebelius
April 20, 2005

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, today is a day for Kansas to join in remembrance of a human tragedy that stands as a reminder for us to strive for a future of peace, prosperity and freedom for all, and;

WHEREAS, today marks the ninetieth anniversary of the genocide and deportations of countless Armenians in Ottoman Turkey; this great sorrow continues to haunt not only Armenians but also their neighbors in Turkey, and;

WHEREAS, we are reminded that the suffering of the Armenian people from 1915-1923 was a tragedy which the world should not forget and applauds efforts of Armenia and Turkey to come together to consider these events and their significance, and;

WHEREAS, Kansas also wishes these countries success as they build on their recent achievements and encourages them to continue to work together in a spirit of hope and understanding, and;

WHEREAS, Kansas remembers those who perished and suffered, we also salute the modern nation of Armenia, and Armenians everywhere. Kansas is grateful for the contributions of Armenian Americans who have chosen Kansas as their adopted home. They have employed wisdom, courage and centuries old traditions to enrich the character of our state through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts, and;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF

KANSAS, on behalf of the people of Kansas, send solemn wishes to the Armenian people on this day of remembrance, and do hereby proclaim April 24, 2005, as

Armenian Remembrance Day

in Kansas, and urge all citizens to join in this observance. Our state and the Armenian nation stand together, with our partnership of peace, prosperity and freedom.

DONE: At the Capitol in Topeka under the Great Seal of the
State this 20th day of April, A.D. 2005 BY THE GOVERNOR:

Kansas Support for Survivors of the Armenian Genocide

Kansas was a staunch supporter of Near East Relief (NER), the American-led campaign that quickly sparked an international response with its unprecedented humanitarian endeavor, mobilizing all segments of American citizenry including elected officials, celebrities and laypersons alike, to help rescue victims of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey from 1915-1930.

Kansas’ NER activities were facilitated through its NER state headquarters located at the Central National Bank Building in Topeka.

Kansas participated in the Near East Relief’s Christmas Appeal in 1921 and raised an incredible sum of $23,725 in donations from generous supporters.

Read the complete fact sheet prepared by America We Thank You.

The Armenian Genocide in Kansas Press