Thursday, July 14, 2011


The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Rose Ann Findlen, on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. for a workshop based on her genealogy research and book Borderland Families Always on the Edge. Findlen will be available to sign copies of her book after the discussion. This event is presented in partnership with the Jackson County Historical Society.

True life stories of frontier families, Findlen’s books provide a personal glimpse into life in Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War. Borderland Families Always on the Edge documents carefully researched genealogies which Findlen brings back to life through the tales of guerrilla warfare and martial law that swept the plains in the 1850s and 1860s. Through her focus on the Lykins, Peery, and Heiskell families, Findlen personalizes the political and social climate that affected every family living in the Kansas-Missouri borderland.

Copies of Borderland Families Always on the Edge will be available for purchase. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email us here.

About the presenter

Rose Ann Findlen grew up in the Kansas-Missouri borderland, with little awareness of the history that surrounded her and its greater impact on critical issues that shaped the nation’s political and social destinies. Findlen received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University and pursued her graduate degree in English from the University of Kansas. After a career in college administration, Findlen turned her attention to writing and, through researching the history of the region in which she was raised, she came to appreciate the profound impact of the events that took place in the Kansas-Missouri borderland. Findlen is also the author of Missouri Star, which chronicles the life of Martha A. “Mattie” Lykins Bingham, a Kansas City pioneer. This biography, making extensive use of excerpts from Bingham’s journal, details life in Kansas City and the tumultuous conflicts of the Kansas-Missouri borderland from the 1850s through the 1890s.

The National Archives at Kansas City is a regional facility that serves as a repository for 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. These records are available for public research and use. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for research, with exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-800 or visit our website..

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