Upcoming events

    • February 18, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Advanced Learning Library, Conference Rooms B & C

    African American musicians from 1860-1920 are often part of an under-told story in Kansas history. Not defined as traditionally Black music, these musicians played in mandolin quartets, cornet bands, orchestras, and string bands. They performed as itinerant musicians and jubilee singers at civic events, weddings, fairs, barn dances, and private homes. They were an important feature of the musical landscape of Kansas, and their history mirrors the history of Kansas itself: the struggle of abolition, the Civil War, and Western migration. This talk explores the dynamic musical history of African Americans, and the social and cultural impacts in Kansas. Presented by Lem Sheppard, who will also perform musical samples.

    Lemuel Sheppard’s presentation will introduce the audience to these musicians and the songs they performed in Kansas from 1860 to about 1919. Some of the music may be familiar as many of the songs were popular tunes of the day, but the people and places make up an untold story in this unique chapter in Kansas history and may redefine “Black Music” as we think of it today.

    Presented by: Lem Sheppard

    • March 18, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Advanced Learning Library

    Dowsing for History:  Learn a unique technique of using dowsing for locating historical clues and sites. These includes locating unmarked graves, abandoned trails, old building sites, and buried utility lines.

    Presented by Vincent B. Marshall, an educator and researcher of pioneer history of the Sedgwick County area and Kansas. Mr. Marshall has a BS from Emporia State, MS in Education from Kansas State, and a Specialist in Education Degree from Indiana University. He retired from Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita after nearly 30 years of service. He is a Kansas native, born in Wakefield.  He is a member of numerous local and state historical organizations.


    • March 25, 2023
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    • April 22, 2023
    • (UTC)
    • 2 sessions
    • Hyde Conference Room, Wichita Public Library, Advanced Learning Library

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    Beginning Genealogy: A Lecture Series. Four Sessions Conducted over Two Days

    March 25, 2023

       10:00-10:45 – Starting Your Research
       11:00-11:45 – Records and Online Databases

    April 22, 2023

       10:00-10:45 – DNA Research
       11:00-11:45 – Preserving Your Work

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