Monday, December 6, 2010


This blog is a new personal project of mine.  I have never been much of a blogger in the past, but I figured it would be a nice thing to try and a great outlet to share some different writing of mine on historical topics.

The primary focus of this blog will be to feature stories and hopefully discussions on various moments in the history of Dickinson County, Kansas and some general Kansas history as well.  Local history is a sometimes overlooked topic, but a great deal can be learned from examining it.  With local history we can not only learn personal stories of those who lived before us, but we can also see how national and world events affected those people as well.  If this blog is successful, these types of stories should interest all types of readers, not just those from Dickinson County.  (Fingers crossed!)

To introduce myself, I am the Education Coordinator / Curator for the Dickinson County Historical Society.  In this position, I work at the Dickinson County Heritage Center (which houses the Dickinson County History Museum, the Museum of Independent Telephony, and many out-of-door attractions including a 1901 C.W. Parker carousel).  Also in my position I manage the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum, which is a former photography studio that opened in 1925 and was operated by three generations of photographers.  At this museum, we feature temporary photo exhibits, antique cameras, and many pieces of photographic equipment.  Both the Heritage Center and Jeffcoat Museum are located in Abilene, Kansas.

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