Historian will speak at Friends annual meeting

Special to The Hays Daily News

The annual meeting of the Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Historic Fort Hays visitor's center.

The meeting will begin with a program by historian Debra Goodrich Bisel. She will talk about her book "The Civil War in Kansas: Ten Years of Turmoil." No other state's history is so entwined with the American Civil War as that of the Sunflower State. From the hopes and dreams of settlers and the exploits of John Brown to the sacking of Lawrence and the Pottawatomie Massacre, Bisel tells that tumultuous story. Copies of her book will be available for sale. The program is open to the public. There is no charge to attend the program or meeting.

Following the meeting will be a short break. Cookies, coffee and tea will be provided. After the break, a meeting of the Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays will take place. This will allow members of the Friends to hear first-hand the progress that has been made in developing the site as well as what future plans will bring. Site staff and Friends board members will be in attendance to answer any questions or hear comments from the membership.

Fort Hays State Historic Site is located 4 miles south of Interstate 70 exit 157 at Hays. The site is one of 16 administered by the Kansas Historical Society. For more information, contact Fort Hays State Historic Site, 1472 U.S. Highway 183 Alternate, at (785) 625-6812 or thefort@kshs.org.