Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sesquicentennial speakers

September 13, 2007

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

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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