Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2007

County receives $3,500 grant

August 8, 2007

Leavenworth County has received a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council for nearly $3,500.

Funds will go to a project entitled "Perform Me the Stories of Leavenworth County."

Ride into History, a historical performance troupe, will help to ensure Leavenworth County's story is told as accurately as possible.

Ann Birney and Joyce Theierer will provide four days of workshops to teach Leavenworth County volunteers to research, script and perform aspects of the history of the county.

Three stages will present, non-stop for two hours, varied perspectives of Leavenworth County's past. Figures from the county's history will tell their stories in a short first-person direct address narrative. They will represent the people behind such community names as Basehor and Tonganoxie, as well as Fred Harvey C.W. Parker, D.R. Anthony, Captain William Matthews and others.

Show organizers said they still needed actors, seamstresses, researchers and so on.

Initial meetings and volunteer briefings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 in the basement conference room of the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St.

The organizers ask that anyone interested in history, acting, set creation, sewing, researching or just being a part of the project, should attend the initial meeting.

People should RSVP intentions attend the meeting to Keyta D. Kelly at (913) 684-0441.

The program is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape people's lives and their community.

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