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Geneaolgy and History Fair August 24

August 20, 2019

Genealogy and History Fair

August 24, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

at Pottorf Hall, CICO Park, Manhattan, Kansas

Sponsored by the Riley County Genealogical Society, the Riley County Historical Society and Museum and the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance

Schedule of Speakers, Entertainment, Author interviews

The Vista Food Truck will be at the Genealogy and History Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Tables will be available inside Pottorf Hall.  Vista Drive In is a historic Manhattan eatery, founded in 1964 by Charles and Martha Streeter and currently operated by their son, Brad Streeter, grandson Andy Streeter, and their families.

Don’t forget to sign up for the door prizes that will be awarded though out the day.  Sign up is at the front entry.


Speakers (Clover Room):

10:30 – 11:15 am        James  Sherow                                  “Chisholm Trail and Joseph McCoy”

Dr. James (Jim) Sherow is distinguished Professor of History at Kansas State University and author of six books of history


11:30 - 12:15 pm        Patricia Wadick, Vicki Holverson      "Creating Your Family Books:  The Write Time"

                                    Wadick and Holverson are experienced family history authors.


12:30 – 1:15 pm         Sara Fisher                                        “Researching your House”

Sara Fisher is a Past President and current Board member of the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance.  She has researched many historic properties.


1:30 – 2:30 pm           Nolan Sump                                       “Governor Nehemiah Green, 1881”

Nolan Sump is an historical reenactor and educator who will portray the fourth Kansas Governor Green, the man for whom Green, Kansas (Sump’s hometown) was named.


Author Interviews (S.E. Corner):

10:15 – 10:30 am        Jim Sharp, author of Black Settlers on the Kaw Indian Reservation, Diary of a Combat Infantryman, and Sgt. of the Guard at Nuremburg

10:45 – 11:00 am        Roy Bird, author of Kansas History Day by Day, The Better Brother: Tom & George Custer and the Battle for the American West, and Civil War in Kansas as well as a number of children’s books

11:15 – 11:30 am        Darren L. Ivey, author of The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame Volume 1, The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame Volume 2 1874 – 1930, and The Texas Rangers: A Registry and History.

11:45 – Noon              Jim Sherow, author of The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy's Great Gamble, Manhattan, Railroad Empire across the Heartland and others.

12:15 – 12:30 pm       Doug Tippin/Roger Brannon, authors of Rural Schools of Riley County Kansas and Town Team Baseball in Riley County Kansas During the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. 

12:45 – 1:00 pm         KelLee Parr, author of Mansion on a Hill: The Story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America and My Little Valentine.

1:15 – 1:30 pm           Bob Smith, co-author of Fort Riley, and Director of the Ft. Riley Museums.

1:45 – 2:00 pm           Marcia Shuley/Margaret Parker, authors of The Exodusters of 1879 and other Black Pioneers of Riley, County, Kansas.

2:15 - 2:30 pm            Lowell May, Author of Camp Concordia: German Pows in the Midwest.

2:45 – 3:00 pm           Rachelle Routh, author of The History of Henry and Elenora Strong Family: Early Pioneers of Manhattan, Kansas, a Family of Faith and Courage.


Live Entertainment (N.W. Corner):

Ron Wilson is the Poet Lariat of Kansas (so named in 2003 by the Governor of Kansas) who has written and performed award winning cowboy poetry for many years.  He operates the Lazy T Ranch in Riley County with his wife Chris and is the director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.

Roy Bird is author of a number of books on Kansas history, including Kansas History Day by Day, The Better Brother: Tom & George Custer and the Battle for the American West, and Civil War in Kansas as well as a number of children’s books.  Roy is an accomplished musician and especially enjoys playing cowboy and Kansas songs.  He is retired from the State Library of Kansas.

11:00 - 11:30 am        Ron Wilson - Cowboy Poetry and History

12:00 -12:30 pm         Roy Bird - Cowboy, Kansas and Historical Music

1:00 -1:30 pm             Ron Wilson - Cowboy Poetry and History

2:00 - 2:30 pm            Roy Bird - Cowboy, Kansas and Historical Music


Information Tables:

Central Branch Railroad- Historic Marshall County excursion train presenting Marshall County railroad history and experiences.

Claflin Books- Manhattan’s hometown bookstore, with great selections in history and more.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - Polly Ogden Chapter – Information about the DAR, its genealogical and historical resources, and its activities.

Family Search- Family Search Genealogical Resources, at no cost, help you fill in your family tree.

Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers- Provides a forum for American Indian Elders to share their culture, oral traditions, and ceremony.

Fort Riley Museums-Fort Riley Museums are currently closed while they renovate and expand. Exhibits and information about Fort Riley history and the Fort Riley Museums project will be available. website to bring volunteers to needed organizations to nurture community involvement.

Gary Clark/, genealogist, photographer, vintage photograph books.

Manhattan Public Library- Genealogy Resources and Services at the Public Library.

Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance- Information about this local historic preservation organization, its projects and activities.  A Fair sponsor.

Midwest Dream Car Collection- Information about Manhattan’s newest museum and its outstanding collection of historic automobiles.

Midwest Genealogy Center- Information about the Society and examples of some of their new publications.

Military Trail Marker Program-Doug Tippin and Roger Brannan will present history of the Military Trail and information about the marker program the late Don Combs and others established, as well as information about their books on Riley County Baseball and Riley County Schools.

Museums Matter-A coalition of Pottawatomie County Museums, with information about the great variety of history and experiences available in Pottawatomie County.

National Orphan Train Complex- Exhibit on the Museum and its archive/research resources.

National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC) - Elizabeth Knapp Chapter – About the DAC, its genealogical and historical resources, and its activities.

POW Camp Concordia Museum- Information about the POW Camp Concordia Museum, history of the camp, and related publications.

Riley County Genealogical Society- Information about the Society, its projects, library, website, and publications.  A Fair sponsor.

Riley County Historical Society and Museum- Information about the organization, founded in 1914, its projects, exhibits, and local history publications.  A Fair sponsor.

Roy Bird- Author of Kansas books for children and grown-ups, KSU alumni, musician, and former staff member of the Riley County Historical Museum and the State of Kansas Library.

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Kansas- Information about the Society, its genealogical and historical resources, and activities.

Sons of the American Revolution, Konza Prairie Chapter- The SAR, its activities, and genealogical and historical resources.

Strong Family History - Rachelle Routh- History of the Strong Family, a pioneer Riley County family, with connection to Route 66 and Grandma Hoerner’s foods.

Tom Parish Photography-Photographer, artist and teacher Tom Parish will have information about scanning and archiving family photograph albums and photograph collections.

Topeka Genealogy Society- Society information, resources and new publications.

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