National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: March 3, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eickhoff to Discuss The Big Divide

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eickhoff for a discussion and signing of their book The Big Divide. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

In this new book from husband and wife team, Barnhart and Eickhoff, readers can plan to partake in a guided tour of the Missouri-Kansas border region. Discover the African-American soldiers who were the first to die for their freedom (months before the 54th Massachusetts of Glory fame took up arms); the ferocious battle to keep Missouri in the Union, with dueling governments, flags, and armies; and how the Civil War shaped future outlaw Jesse James and future president Harry Truman. The Big Divide is much bigger than a war. The authors take you to dozens of one-of-a-kind wonders, from the majestic Flint Hills of Kansas to historic Arrow Rock, Missouri; from the sunken steamboat recovered after 130 years to the homes of path breaking Americans like Amelia Earhart and George Washington Carver; and more. Summer travel planning will be easy with this historical guide, which is packed with themed driving tours, kid-friendly sites, and tips from two experienced history travelers.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. The authors will be available to sign copies of the book after the program. Copies of The Big Divide will be available for purchase.

About the Authors

Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart are writers who live two blocks from State Line Road in Kansas City, Missouri. They present programs for the humanities councils of both Kansas and Missouri. Eickhoff's biography of Clarina Nichols, titled Revolutionary Heart, was named a Kansas Notable Book in 2007. Barnhart was for 15 years the television critic of the Kansas City Star. Their latest book is The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region.

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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