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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth Public Library: A walk through history begins

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  • August begins a five-month walk through history at your Leavenworth Public Library.
    We have lined up a series of programs that examine a broad array of historical interests.  Beginning with the National Archives in Kansas City, August is a month of discovering and rediscovering our history to continue our stories.
    At 1 p.m. Thursday, the National Archives in Kansas City offers a program at your library examining the importance of ship passenger arrival lists to family research.  Participants will be instructed on the types of ship passenger lists available and how they can help you uncover your story.
    Staff from the National Archives in Kansas City will offer search techniques useful in examining these lists and other historical documents. If you are still discovering your story, this is one program you do not want to miss. The National Archives is an extraordinary resource if you are tracing your lineage. Stop by and see what they offer.
    Commemorating the 100th anniversary of The Great War, or The War to End All Wars, your library has two very special events lined up for our community. To provide a deeper understanding of the human element of warfare, members of the Living History Volunteer Corps will be in uniform, and in character, to share their stories from the front lines. Make plans to visit with them from noon-5 p.m. Aug. 23 and learn about the uniforms, equipment, and challenges the soldiers faced in this era of trench warfare as you walk through the story of World War I.
    On the heels of the visit by the Living History Volunteer Corps, Scott Porter hosts a discussion of Barbara Tuchman’s book, "The Guns of August" at 2 p.m. Aug. 24.
    Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, this thought-provoking book discussion by Porter gives participants the opportunity to consider the strategic, political, and military perspectives of the time. Porter’s insightful talk takes participants back in time to rediscover and understand the events that began 100 years ago this month.
    Members of the Fort Leavenworth Historical Society continue our walk through history in September with the first in a four-part series, "The Forgotten Germans: The POW Executions at Fort Leavenworth," is discussed at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in your library's Jahn meeting room. We are very fortunate to have this local resource providing additional programs, one each month, through the end of the year. Stay tuned for more information.
    To round out our history discovery events for August, your library is also supporting the annual Buffalo Bill Days in Leavenworth. Buffalo Bill Days commemorates the story of William Cody in a fun way for members of the community.
    From outhouse races to a bake off and pie eating contest sponsored by your library, this highly anticipated two day event takes us on an authentic journey back in time. For more information about the bake off and pie eating contest, please visit your library's website, leavenworthpubliclibrary.org.
    Page 2 of 2 - Join your library as we give you many different ways to take a walk back in time.  Remember with us, and stop by and see what we have to offer this August.  
    It is our pleasure to be the staff of your Leavenworth Public Library.  As always, we look forward to talking books and more with you soon.

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