Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sesquicentennial speakers set

August 23, 2007

The Eudora Sesquicentennial Committee will have four historical presentations during September as part of the city's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Bertha Cameron will present "The Life and Times of Paschal Fish" at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at Eudora City Hall, 4 East Seventh St.

Cameron is a member of the Shawnee Tribe and has spent a lifetime researching the history of the tribe in the Kansas area. She will discuss life in Kansas during Paschal Fish's time and what was known of his life, family and work.

Dr. Steve Jansen will present "Eudora and World War II," a discussion of the effect of the war on Eudora at 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at Eudora City Hall.

Jansen has long studied Douglas County history and is a popular local speaker. His program will include a discussion of how the influx of Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant (Hercules) workers changed Eudora.

Dr. William Keel will present a Kansas Humanities program "The German Founders of Eudora" at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Eudora City Hall.

Keel is Professor of German at Kansas University. He takes particular interest in the German communities of Kansas.

Keel's presentation will include the history of the Germans who founded Eudora, why they came, why they stayed and how their influence shaped the town.

"Remembering Miss Nottingham, Eudora's Favorite Teacher" will be presented at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Nottingham Elementary School, 1428 Elm St.

Roberta Nottingham shaped the future of Eudora by her influence on Eudora's youth. Those planning to attend will have a chance to share memories of Miss Nottingham, who was an important part of Eudora's history.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information about any of the presentations, call Martha Harris at (785) 979-4588.

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