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  PROGRAMS 2013-2014

October 7, 2013. “Amelia Earhart.” Ann Birney, historical re-enactor, tells the amazing story of Amelia Earhart as she hopes to set records in aviation with global flights. After her plane is repaired at Luke Air Field near Honolulu, she will complete her record flight, but will she go east or west? Come join the Friends of the Whitewater Memorial Library and the Frederic Remington Area Historical Society in a night of high-flying excitement at the Centre Point Church, 212 S. Main, Whitewater, KS, at 7:00 p.m.

November 4, 2013.  “Civil Rights Working in Kansas.” Dr. Gretchen Cassel Eick is an historian in the Department of History, Friends University and author of the book Dissent in Wichita.  The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s –1970s dramatically affected the way we work in Kansas.  Dr. Eick will review how Civil Rights advocates forced the state and other government agencies to alter their policies in south central Kansas.  Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:30

german pow's

February 3, 2014. “Prisoners of War in Kansas 1943-1946."   Mark Schock, co-author of book by this name with Lowell A May, will give an overview of this historical activity in Kansas. Locally, a POW tent camp was set up in Peabody on September 11, 1943 just south of town at an old creamery and then relocated to the Eyestone Building at 122 West 2nd on November 28, 1943. Local farmers and business could hire these POW by the day. Many farmers in the FRAHS area utilized this inexpensive man-power. Communication with these POWs was enhanced because many farmers in the FRAHS area were of German decent. The evening will conclude with Walter Penner, Wilbert Wiebe, Melvin Epp, and anyone else who has a vignette or story, telling of their remembrance or interaction with the POWs. Everyone who attends will be given a postcard of the painting of the Emmaus Mennonite Church drawn by a POW; the church building burned in 2008. Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:30 p.m.

March 3, 2014.  “Wichita’s History in Picture Postcards.”  Naturalist and author Jim Mason, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, suggests that the Golden Era of picture postcards occurred 100 years ago, at a time when Wichita was undergoing a tremendous burst of growth and development.  He will present an illustrated presentation about his 2012 Arcadia Publications book, Wichita, which features 206 vintage picture postcards showing what the city was like a century ago.  Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:30 p.m.

April 7, 2014.  “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas.” Bill Worley will review rural electrification during the early 20th century in Kansas and how the New Deal legislation established rural electrical association (REAs) as cooperative ventures managed by farmers and supported by low-cost government loans.  Bill specializes in Kansas and Missouri history at the Blue River Branch of Metropolitan Community Colleges.  Meeting at Remington High School at 7:30 p.m.

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