Dennis Schiel en Happy Birthday, Kansas! <p></p><p><strong>The Path to Statehood</strong></p><p>Kansas became the 34<sup>th</sup> state on January 29, 1861. &nbsp;The journey to become a state was long and bloody. &nbsp;The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 opened the two territories to settlement and allowed the new settlers to determine whether the states would be admitted to the union as “free” or “slave.” &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 27286 at Happy Birthday, Kansas!