Kansas City, Kansas Public Library to host Wyandotte County Heritage Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/15/17 Contact: Anne Lacey, Kansas Room Librarian 913-295-8250 ext. 1108 alacey@kckpl.org

Beth Edson Youth Services Supervisor 913-295-8250 ext. 5107 eedson@kckpl.org

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library to host Wyandotte County Heritage Festival

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is hosting their first Wyandotte County Heritage Festival on April 15, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This multi-generational event, designed for all ages, is in partnership with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas Humanities Council.

Children will enjoy a goat cart ride around the lawn, while the entire family visits with over a dozen local organizations that will entertain and educate them about Kansas and Wyandotte’s rich history. At 2:00 pm, Angela Bates, executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society, will tell the story of Nicodemus, Kansas, the only remaining western community established by African-Americans during the reconstruction period after the Civil War.

Participating organizations include:

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Kansas Humanities Council Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s Kansas Room Old Quindaro Museum Black Archives of Mid-America Wyandotte County Historical Museum Shawnee Town 1929 Museum National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame Tamara Cash and her Juneteenth Panels Grinter House Shawnee Indian Mission Local Author, Gwendolyn Thomas Lecompton Reenactors El Centro Mahaffie Stagecoach and Farm Stop Wyandot Nation of Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895. In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today. It serves a population of 159,129. The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. The library can be found online at kckpl.org

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