Nancy Landon Kassebaum To Speak At Kaw Mission
Kaw Mission Historic Site presents the eighth program in the 2019 Kaw Mission Councils, “Our favorite daughter of Kansas,” by Nancy Landon Kassebaum, at 2 p.m. on September 15. The program will be held on the grounds of Kaw Mission and is sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage. Visitors should bring a lawn chair. Free refreshments will be served after the program. For more information contact the site administrator at 620-767-5410; email@example.com.
Kassebaum was the daughter of Alfred M. Landon, 26th governor of Kansas and 1936 Republican nominee for president. She studied political Science at the University of Kansas and diplomatic history at the University of Michigan. In 1956 she married Phillip Kassebaum and began serving as vice president of Kassebaum Communications, which operated two radio stations. She also served on the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission and Kansas Committee on the Humanities, as well as the school board in Maize.
In 1975 Kassebaum moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Senator James B. Pearson of Kansas as a caseworker. In 1978 she was elected to replace the retiring Pearson, who was expected to leave the office in January 1979. However, he resigned early, and Kassebaum was sworn in on December 23, 1978. At the time, she was the only woman in the U.S. Senate and the first from Kansas.
During her nearly two decades in the Senate Kasserbaum became the first woman to chair a current Senate standing committee, the committee on labor and human resources, chaired the foreign relations subcommittee on African affairs, and championed the causes of arms control and budget reduction. Kassebaum played a crucial role in Congress’ designation of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail under the National Trail System Act in 1987.
She was easily reelected in 1984 and again in 1990. She is most proud of her accomplishments close to her home at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. “We worked a long hard time to get that included as part of the National Park Service,” Kassebaum said in a TV interview earlier this year.