Topeka, Kansas – The Shawnee County Historical Society in Topeka will perform four Shared Stories of the Civil War
in readers theater format at the Ritchie House’s Cox Communication Heritage Education Center, 1118 SE Madison, on successive February
Sunday afternoons at 2 PM. Member of the general public are invited to attend the free programs. Contact the Shawnee County Historical Society at 785-234-6097 or Bill Wagnon at 785-230-6481 for more information. Also see www.shawneecountyhistory.org
On February 5 JOHN BROWN: MARTYR OR MADMAN will be performed by community volunteers. Ralph Hipp, news anchor for WIBW-TV, will bethe narrator for all performances.
Other performances are February 12 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD; February 19 GUERRILLA WARFARE: BUSHWHACKERS AND JAYHAWKS; and February 26 QUANTRILL’S RAID AND ORDER NUMBER 11.
Shared Stories of the Civil War is a collection of reader’s theater scripts created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles and other archival documents from the 1850s and 1860s. The scripts explore the events—the shared stories—that occurred in Kansas and Missouri during the Border War and the Civil War.Shared Stories of the Civil War
has been developed by Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) and the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC). FFNHA is a partnership of 41 counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri dedicated to connecting the stories of settlement, the Border and Civil Wars and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom in this area. KHC is a nonprofit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shaped our lives and strengthen our sense of community. For more information visit www.freeedomfrontier.org or www.kansashumanities.org.