August 24, 2019 – Riley County Genealogical Fair , Manhattan, KS At 12:45–1:00 p.m. I will be doing a book interview and available to sign books at Claflin Books table. See more information below.

September 17, 24, and October 1, 2019 – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture KSU-Olathe campus 7:00–9:00 p.m. See more details below.

September 21, 2019 – Delia Days Presentation 10:45–11:00 Delia, KS

September 23-27, 2019 – Adoption Summit, Sponsored by I will have two presentations available on their webinar. See more information below.

October 7, 2019 University of Man class “Writing Your Family Stories” This class will cover ideas on how to write your family stories. KelLee Parr will share his experiences of how he got started documenting his family’s story. You will be able to start writing your own story, get help with editing, and suggestions on how to publish if desired. Riley Co. Genealogy Library – 2005 Claflin Rd. Manhattan, KS Monday, 10–11:30a.m.

November 5, 2019 – Life Enrichment Lecture – Butler County Community College, El Dorado, KS 10:00 a.m.

January 5, 2020 – Missouri Sunday Speakers Series Helzberg Auditorium at the Central Library, Kansas City, MO 2:00 p.m.

Event Detailed Information:


Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10am – 3pm  Pottorf Hall, CICO Park, Manhattan at Kimball & Wreath Hosted by Riley County Genealogy Society,Riley County Historical Society and Museum, &Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance 

  • Classroom Presentations – Topics about genealogy, history, and preservation. 
  • Information Tables – Genealogy & Historical Societies, Museums, personal history projects, & more
  • Kansas History Book Corner – author interviews

Admission is free – Open to the publicFor more information call RCGS Library at 785-565-6495.  Check library open hours before calling.We invite organizations to participate in the 2019 Manhattan Area Genealogy & History Fair.  Reserve a table to promote your group.  There is no charge for a displaly table.  Register early to reserve a table.  All registrations must be returned by August 5, 2019.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Course detail: OSH217 – The Willows Maternity Sanitarium, Kansas City and America’s Unwed Mothers

The well-documented orphan trains brought a wave of humanity to the Midwest in the late 1800s. A lesser-known wave arrived in secrecy. In the early to mid-1900s, Kansas City was known as the “Adoption Hub of America.” More than 100,000 pregnant, unwed young women arrived to give birth in one of several maternity facilities. The babies were placed for adoption and thewomen returned home heartbroken.We will explore how Kansas City received this distinction, delve into the history of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium (the “Waldorf”of such facilities). Finally, we’ll study the family who ran The Willows for 64 years.

Adoption Summit