‘Before the Civil War’ concludes with ‘ The Englishman in Kansas’

Sandra Wiechert of Lawrence will lead a discussion of The Englishman in Kansas by T.H. Gladstone at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The event will be held at the Augusta Public Library, 1609 State.

This is the third and final book in a “Before the Civil War” series.

With reporter-like details, Englishman and abolitionist T. H. Gladstone paints vivid pictures of “border ruffians,” frontier life, and the violence of slavery, giving the background to “Bleeding Kansas” and the contested elections that decided if Kansas would be free or slave.

The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization with over 40 years of experience promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and build community. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

A native Kansan with an M.A. in American History from Kansas State University, Sandra Wiechert is a retired teacher and reference assistant/community relations coordinator for the Lawrence Public Library. There she managed over 25 four-part book discussion groups, including many KHC TALK groups. She is the author of Historic Mount Oread: A Catalog of KU’s Landmarks and has received Lawrence’s “Phoenix Award for Literary Arts.” Sandra joined the KHC TALK program as a discussion leader in 2008.

To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Carol Courtwright at the Augusta Public Library, 775-2681.