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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

Visiting Topeka
If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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News releases

Online auction contains once-in-a-lifetime chance to own part of history

Apr 27, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. _ Hundreds if not thousands of items that once were used in the Kansas Statehouse are being auctioned off to the public in early May.

The items _ doors, windows, hardware, cabinets _ were all once part of the Statehouse but removed or replaced as part of the renovation project that concluded last year. Items can be viewed at dlwebb.com or in person during open house from 8 a.m. to noon on April 28 or 8 a.m. to noon April 30 at 1221 Kansas Avenue.

Bidding will be online only and begins at 10 a.m. May 2 and concludes at 10 a.m. on May 9.

The items have been in storage for the past decade for safekeeping. Some select pieces were retained for historical purposes by the Kansas State Historical Society. Remaining pieces are now being made available for purchase through the online bidding process.

Items include numerous doors, archways, brass hardware, wrought-iron stair railing with brass handrails, library ladders used in the Kansas State Library, wainscoting, Kansas Supreme Court bookcases, door jambs, a curved Senate clerks’ desk from E. Horn Manufacturing in Topeka and a copper door that once led to the Statehouse dome.

Auctioneer Dave Webb said many of the items were installed when the Statehouse was constructed in three phases starting in the 1860s, including some that still have their square nails in place.

“If you would like a piece of history from the State of Kansas Statehouse this is your opportunity,” Webb said. “I remember my first visit to the Statehouse while in grade school like thousands of young people. The building and grandeur left a lasting impression on me.”