Friday, January 23, 2015


On Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Debra Goodrich Bisel who will discuss her book Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

The relationship between Kansas and the science of war is ingrained, consistent and evident, yet it seems antithetical to the quiet, conservative farmer who is the quintessential image of the state. It is not. The same values created both, and both created Kansas. From early exploration of America, Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian wars to the world wars and the modern era, the forts and bases of the Sunflower State have been central to America's defense. Beginning with Fort de Cavagnial in 1744 through to the defunct fields of Cold War missile silos, Sentinels on the Prairie provides a guide to the forts and posts throughout Kansas. Copies of Bisel’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Debra Goodrich Bisel is a regional author and speaker. She is co-host of Around Kansas, a weekly TV show and is the resident historian at Historic Topeka Cemetery. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. She has made various forays into publishing magazines, including the Kansas Journal of Military History. She has been a guest on C-SPAN, numerous radio talk shows, and has appeared in many documentaries on various history topics. Currently, she appears on The Gunslingers on the American Heroes Channel. She serves on the selection committee for the Kansas Hall of Fame at the Great Overland Station and is past president of the Shawnee County (KS) Historical Society and is a president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas. Her most recent book, Kansas Music: Stories of a Rich Tradition with The History Press was released in November.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

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