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DNA for Genealogists

Have you had your DNA tested and puzzled over the results?

On Wednesday, DEC 6 from 6:30–8 PM, KU researcher Dr. Kristine G. Beaty will be here to discuss how biological anthropologists use DNA to better understand human populations, and explore the pros and cons of using your genome to understand your history, identity, and health. Meet up in the Auditorium and bring questions about your own DNA results!

Connect with Melissa for more info: mfisherisaacs@lplks.org

 

The Man from the Train: A Midwest Murder Case for the History Books

Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James’ The Man from the Train opens with the brutal murder of 8 people in the quiet town of Villisca, Iowa during the summer of 1912.

The murders rocked the tiny town and fed the newly burgeoning press scene with half truths and speculation. Though the press could be wildly unhelpful, authorities could now see a continued pattern of murders stringing along the rail lines from small town to small town in the Midwest thanks to the reporting and sharing of information across county and state lines. Read More..

Magic Tree House Club

It’s the Jack and Annie fan club! We’re meeting on Saturday, November 11th from 3:30- 4:30 PM in the Readers’ Theater. Join us for crafts and fun with a historical twist about book  #41, Moonlight on the Magic Flute. Program is for ages 5-8! Register for clubs at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

All About the Book

Explore the book not simply as a container of content, but a “meaningful physical object that has shaped the way we understand the world around us.”

Starting Wednesday, NOV 8, this 4-part series focuses one of our favorite topics—books!—with insight and expertise from KU faculty and staff.

Adults and Teens welcome! Free, but registration is required for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library Special Collections Tour. Questions? Email Ian: istepp@lplks.org.


BOOK LEARNIN’

WED | Nov 8 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Anne D Hedeman: Shaping the Medieval Illuminated Manuscript

WED | Nov 15 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Elspeth Healey: A Past You Can Touch: History of the Book in the Collections of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library

WED | Nov 29 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Jonathan Lamb: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: the Typographical Revolution in Retrospect

TOUR

FRI | Dec 8 | 2 PM | Kenneth Spencer Research Library Special Collections
Register with Ian: istepp@lplks.org.


QUOTE SOURCE: Harvard University

 

Maggie Herrington’s Lawrence

What was life like for kids in Lawrence 150 years ago? Find out on Wednesday, April 12 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater. Come explore the world of Maggie Herrington, a real girl whose journal is the inspiration for this hands-on history program from the Watkins Museum. Program is for ages 7-11.

Let’s Flock Together!

Beginning WED, Apr 5 at 7 PM, right in the thick of spring migration, we’ll spend the month learning some local birding basics from some of the best birders in the field!

Throughout this 4-part series, we’ll divide our time between the library and a living laboratory—the Baker Wetlands. For more info, email Jake: jvail@lplks.org


All ages welcome!
SCHEDULE:

Birding Basics: Part 1
WED | Apr 5 | 7 PM | Library Auditorium
Birds up close, with Prairie Park Nature Center. Get a good look at some live birds!

Birding Basics: Part 2
WED | Apr 19 | 7 PM | Library Auditorium
The Jayhawk Audubon Society will teach you how to be a better bird watcher.

Birding Basics: Part 3
SUN | Apr 23 | 7 AM | Baker Wetlands
Rise and shine! Go birding with Dr. Roger Boyd and the Jayhawk Audubon Society in one of the best locations around.

Birding Basics: Part 4
WED | Apr 26 | 7 PM | Library Auditorium
The History and Future of the Baker Wetlands, with Dr. Roger Boyd, Baker Wetlands Education Coordinator.

Web Archiving 101

The average lifespan of a webpage is estimated to be just 44 days, and this includes webpages that convey important cultural and legal information.

On Thu, Feb 23 from 6:30-7:30 PM in Meeting Room B, learn about current efforts to archive the Internet, and basic tools you can use to help. Adults and teens welcome!

Questions? Contact Melissa: mfisherisaacs@lplks.org

Inspiring African Americans

On Thursday, Feb 23 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, kids ages 5-11 are invited to an interactive event where they’ll “meet” some of the most inspiring African Americans in our country’s history, from George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, and Rosa Parks to Oprah Winfrey and Senator John Lewis. Special guests Stefanie Bryant from 6 News will read stories and Ramona Wilson will entertain us with songs!

Returning to Etzanoa

You’ve read about it Lawrence Magazine, now, on Sunday, Oct 9 from 6-7:30 PM, hear the inside scoop on Etzanoa, a pre-1500 AD city located near Wichita whose population rivaled that of London and Paris at the time.

Professor of Archeology at Wichita State University, Donald Blakeslee, will talk about what led to the discovery of the city, and how his team works to preserve the site.

See who’s going! Meet up in the Library Auditorium.


Etzanoa

Haskell Asks: What Would You Ask a Native American?

Tonight at 7 PM in the Library Auditorium, Haskell students invite the Lawrence community to join them in an open and honest question and answer session.

Any question is welcome, and you can ask without fear of being offensive or intrusive. Non-Natives can also spend one-on-one time with a representative from a broad tribal spectrum representing Natives from coast to coast.

“What have you always wanted to know about Haskell or Native people? Let’s get to know each other and build a better, shared community,” encourages Dr. Eric Anderson, Haskell Professor of History and Indigenous American Indian Studies.

Refreshments will follow.