Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2008

History author slated to speak at museum

July 17, 2008

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The author of a book about a black Kansas Civil War infantry regiment will speak during this year's ice cream social at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum.

Dale Vaughn will talk about the history of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was featured in his book, "Chance." Many descendants of that unit still live in the Clinton Lake area.

The book follows the flight of Elias Mothers from Virginia to Kansas, where he joined Gen. James Lane's black regiment in 1862.

The ice cream social will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard at the museum, located at Bloomington Beach near Clinton.

In addition to Vaughn, there will be an entire evening of entertainment. Homemade ice cream, cakes, pies and cookies will be available. There is no charge, but the event is a fundraiser for the museum and donations are accepted.

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