Civil War in Kansas


Sunday, April 7, 2 pm


Debra Goodrich Bisel

The Kansas Historical Society announced that Kaw Mission State Historic Site will present The Civil War in Kansas by Debra Goodrich Bisel, author and historian. The program is the first presentation of the Kaw Councils 2013 educational program series and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Kaw Mission, 500 N Mission, Council Grove. Regular admission fees apply, adults-$3 children-$1.

In her presentation, Bisel tells the tumultuous story of The Civil War in Kansas from the hopes and dreams of settlers and the exploits of John Brown to the Lawrence and Pottawatomie Massacres and many other battles and skirmishes. No other state's history is so entwined with the American Civil War as that of the Sunflower State. By the time the war officially began in 1861, Kansas and Missouri had already been fighting for six years. With the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act the Kansas Territory was left wide open for white settlement and the stage was set for a battle that would ignite the nation.

A native Virginian, Bisel has adopted Kansas as her home. She received her BA in history at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and studied at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian Wars are her areas of focus. She consults at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, on media training. History is Deb's first passion, and she has appeared in more than a dozen documentaries including, A&E's American Experience and productions for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and PBS. She has also been a featured speaker on C-SPAN. Bisel has been the guest on dozens of talk radio shows around the country including Captain Dale Dye in Los Angeles and Jan Mickelson in Des Moines. She was the host of radio show, Topeka Talks, on KMAJ AM in Topeka. As a freelance journalist, she contributes regularly to TK Magazine and localgrass.com. Active in many groups, Bisel currently serves as president of the Shawnee County Historical Society and co-president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas and lives in Topeka with her husband, musician Gary Bisel.

Immediately following the presentation, there will be a book signing of her books The Civil War in Kansas and Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie, which is due for release in February 2013. The newer publication is co-authored with Michelle M. Mason. These books are available for sale in the Kaw Mission State Historic Site Gift Shop.

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