The Burnett family has a long, rich history with the Potawatomi people, starting in Michigan and spanning several states across the United States.
The CPN and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Department partnered to highlight the history of Burnett’s Mound at Skyline Park in Topeka, Kansas. Named after 19th century Potawatomi Chief Abram Burnett, the mound is Topeka’s highest elevated point.
Within the CHC’s ethnology collection is the cane of prominent Citizen Potawatomi leader and Burnett family patriarch Nan Wesh Mah [Abram B. Burnett], on long-term loan from the Kansas History Center. The cane is 36” in length, with a removable 16.5” acid-etched dirk or dagger.
Diary of William Polke Tuesday, 2 Oct. 1838 “We struck our tents at 8 this morning, and prepared for a march. Owing to the very great curiosity manifested by the citizens generally, Judge Polke, after being solicited, marched the emigration into the square, where we remained for fifteen or twenty minutes.” “Presents of tobacco and Read More »