Upcoming events

    • August 27, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Wichita Public Library

    When coal was discovered in southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. The mix of nationalities created an ethnic geography unique to Kansas that came to be known as the Little Balkans. Miners faced hazardous working conditions, poor pay, and discrimination. In 1921, thousands of women marched on the coal mines in support of striking miners. The New York Times dubbed them the “Amazon Army.” This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.

    Presented by Linda O'Nelio Knoll. Linda is an educator, author, and historian who researches the local history of southeast Kansas.

    This will be held in the Conference Rooms at the Advanced Learning Library. No registration is required - free and open to the public.

    • October 08, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC)
    • Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex

    Save the Date:  October 8th, 2021

    Join us in the Metroplex Complex for another great annual conference - In Person!  Join us and spend a day with Gena Philibert-Ortega. Gena is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history.  

    Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as five editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing.  Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera as well as the GenealogyBank and Legacy Webinars blogs. She is a course instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies and has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. She holds a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master’s in Religion. 

    Gena will share expert genealogy tips and insight during these four sessions.

    FDR's New Deal: The WPA and Genealogy Research 

    Did you have a family member work for the WPA during the depression? Want to tell their story? in this presentation, we will go over the history of the WPA and how it relates to Kansas families. We will then explore where to find information about Kansas projects and employment records for WPA employees. 

    What Was HER Name? Steps to Researching and Finding Female Ancestors

    “What’s her maiden name?” “What happened to her after her husband died?” “How do I start researching my great-grandmother?” We’ve all felt the disappointment of seeing the word “unknown” to describe a female ancestor’s name. How do we go from “unknown” to finding a name? This presentation will explain techniques, methodology, and resources vital to family history research. Enhance your research skills using a 5-step approach to researching (and finding) female ancestors. 

    How to Organize All this Genealogy Stuff!

    Think you know everything about the US Census? Most researchers know some of the ins and outs of researching the decennial census, but they don’t know about some of the census gems, including non-population schedules, census bureau reports, enumerator instructions, and "hidden" schedules. Learn more about the census so you can use it to create a more in-depth analysis of your ancestor’s life. 

    Bierocks, BBQ, and Grandma: Your Family's Food History

    What is a family food history? It's the foods you grew up eating, it's the recipes your family passed down generation after generation, and it's the memories of food growing up. Family food history encompasses everything from recipes and community cookbooks to heirlooms like aprons and china, to how food changes over time. Learn more about family food history and how you can research your own and document it for generations to come.

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