Butler County Times Gazette
  • Kansas author, historian to present at Coutts’ Brown Bag Program

  • Noted Kansas author and historian Deb Goodrich Bisel will be presenting a book-talk / signing at the Coutts Museum of Art August Brown Bag Lunch Program on Tuesday.
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  • Noted Kansas author and historian Deb Goodrich Bisel will be presenting a book-talk / signing at the Coutts Museum of Art August Brown Bag Lunch Program on Tuesday.
    The program will be from noon to 1 p.m.
    She will talk on her most recent on book, “The Civil War in Kansas: Ten Years of Turmoil,” and will also have other books she has written available. Bisel will be on hand to sign copies of her book after the discussion.
    By the time the Civil War officially began in 1861, Kansas and Missouri had already been fighting for six years. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act left the Kansas Territory wide open for white settlement, and the stage was set for a battle that would ignite the nation.
    Bisel will talk about the events leading up to the war, including the exploits of John Brown, the Lawrence and Pottawatomie Massacres and the many other battles and skirmishes that made Kansas a primary spark of the Civil War.
    Bisel is a native Virginian and has adopted Kansas as her home. She received her bachelor’s degree in history at Washburn University, and also studied at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.
    Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian Wars are her areas of focus. She is a consultant at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth.
    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, and she has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN.
    Bisel is also a radio show host, and a freelance journalist. She is active in many groups and is president of the Shawnee County Historical Society and co-president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas.
    The Coutts Museum of Art, located in downtown El Dorado, is a regional destination art museum that houses more than 1,500 works of art in an historic downtown building. The collection includes Art of the American West, contemporary American, European, and regional Kansas art. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
    The museum and all Brown Bag Programs are always free and open to the public, funded in part by El Dorado Main Street. Check the Coutts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/couttsmuseum for updates on museum activities.
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