Library to host TALK series
The Basehor Community Library will offer a four-part book discussion series from September through December exploring the theme "Before the Civil War."
The first book in the series, "Adventures of Lidie Newton," by Jane Smiley will be discussed 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Sara Jane Richter of Oklahoma Panhandle State University will lead the discussion of the book, which transports readers back to the Kansas of 1855.
Between 1854 and 1861, people with opposing views from across the United States clashed within the Kansas territory. Would Kansas allow slavery within its borders or would it join the U.S. as a free state? Two competing visions of America's future were to be determined on the Kansas frontier. However, the Kansas Territory was already home to many Native Americans. How would settlement impact the existing Native American way of life?
Other books in the series include Thomas H. Gladstone's "The Englishman in Kansas," who arrives just days before the 1856 burning of Lawrence by pro-slavery people (Oct. 20), the pre-Civil War South novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," by Harriett Beecher Stowe (Nov. 17) and "Waterlily," by Ella Cara Deloria, a culturally detailed story of a 19th century young Sioux girl (Dec. 15).
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as a part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. The Council's Resource Center furnishes the books and discussion leaders for the series.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs at the library, 1400 N. 158th St. To check out books or for more information about the series, contact the library at (913) 724-2828.