Press Release: September 7, 2010
National Archives at Kansas City
Author Carol Ayers to discuss Lincoln and Kansas at the National Archives
For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072
Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Carol Dark Ayres on Thursday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on her book Lincoln and Kansas. Ayres will be available to sign copies of her book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. Attendees are encouraged to view the two Abraham Lincoln exhibitions, Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America and Lincoln Lives On, prior to Ayres’s discussion.
Lincoln and Kansas chronicles the much overlooked but historically important visit of Abraham Lincoln to Kansas in December 1859. Lincoln traveled to Kansas to give his first campaign speech for the presidency and to help Republican candidates vie successfully in the upcoming election. Drawing extensively from original sources of newspaper accounts and memoirs of people of the period, Ayres uses the rich language of the era to enable reader to experience the event for themselves.
Carol Dark Ayres is head of the Leavenworth Public School District Foundation. She is formerly the Special Collections Librarian at DePaul Library at Saint Mary University. The Lincoln Collection, owned by the university, houses over 10,000 items given by Dr. Bernard hall, formerly of the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. Ayres holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Education degree from Saint Mary University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University.
Copies of Lincoln and Kansas will be available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at the National Archives. Following the program Ayres will be available to sign copies of her books. For more information or to make a reservation call 816-268-8010 or register by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America is a traveling exhibit featuring reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln Lives On is an exhibit created by the National Archives at Kansas City featuring original materials from the local community.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.
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