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Free workshop offered for residents interested in Christmas Open House

Mike Stephenson, of Leavenworth, portrays historic judge and Kansas statesman H. Miles Moore at the 2007 Leavenworth County Christmas open house.

Mike Stephenson, of Leavenworth, portrays historic judge and Kansas statesman H. Miles Moore at the 2007 Leavenworth County Christmas open house.

July 23, 2008

Leavenworth County's history is full of characters, and county staff is inviting residents to portray one of them at this year's Christmas Open House, to be held in December at the County Courthouse.

All interested persons, no matter what level of acting experience - if any at all - are encouraged to attend a free workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 in the basement conference room of the courthouse, 300 Walnut St., Leavenworth.

Professional instructors with "Ride Into History," a touring troupe that trains average citizens in historical performances, will conduct the workshop, which is paid for through grant funding from the Kansas Humanities Council.

Suggested personages for volunteer performers include the ax-wielding Carrie Nation, who spent the last six months of her life in a sanitarium in Leavenworth; Chief Tonganoxie, for whom the City of Tonganoxie was named; Justice David Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the late 19th and early 20th Century; the notorious killers Richard Eugene Hickok and Perry Smith, both of whom are buried in Mount Muncie Cemetery; and Buffalo Bill Cody's father, who was murdered in Leavenworth during the Bleeding Kansas period.

Call Tammy Saldivar in the County Counselor-at-Large's office with questions at (913) 684-1031.

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