Kansas State Archives Exoduster Reconnection IV Conference

Votaw Colony Museum, Inc. announces Reconnection IV Conference which highlights the history and heritage of African American settlements in Kansas. This years event will be held at the Kansas State History Center, 6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66615 on Thursday,April 22 and end with a tour of Tennesseetown, Redmondsville and Mudtown in Shawnee County on Friday, April 23, 2010.

Luncheon keynote speaker for the conference is the noted author, Dr. Thomas C. Cox, from the University of Southern California, author of Blacks in Topeka, Kansas 1865-1915: A Social History.

In addition to Cox, there will be several workshops throughout the first day. Alan Bearman with Jennifer Mills and Garrett Sheldon will present a panel discussion on Charles Sheldon and his contributions to Tennessee Town. Cheryl Ragar will discuss the life and works of Aaron Douglas. Lin Frederickson – will discuss researching at Kansas State Historical Society. Sherrita Camp will discuss the challenges of Ethnic Research. Tisa Anders and Cynthia Nelson will place VCMI’s work in the wider stream of public history, Deborah Dandridge will lead a Tennesseetown descendant’s panel discussion, Thom Rosenblum will talk about the Fred Roundtree and the Monroe School. Ustaine Talley and J.C. Rivers will highlight the history of the Black Settlements of Tennessee Town, Redmondsville and Mudtown and the Ritchie Communities located in Shawnee and Wabaunsee County, Kansas.

The conference workshops on Thursday are free, Thursday keynote luncheon is $25 and tour on Friday including a box lunch is $30 for a total of $55. Pick just one activity or register for all three.

The goals of the now annually presented Reconnection events are to
a) educate the public about African American settlements in Kansas;
b) identify and reconnect the descendants of Exodusters by highlighting the colonies;
c) identify and reconnect the descendants of the benefactors of the colonists, to the descendants of the colonists;
d) educate the public about African American history in Kansas from 19th to 21st century;
e) examine African American migration and its impact to present day;
f) to educate the public about the African American Community ethos and structure;
g) to educate the public about family history research.

Date: April 22, 2010
Place: 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka

Contact Information
785-272-8681, ext. 117
reference@kshs.org

The Exoduster Reconnection IV Conference is free and will feature:

? Thomas Cox on the social and intellectual history of the American and African American experience, with an emphasis on blacks in Topeka
? Alan Bearman, Jennifer Mills, and Garrett Sheldon in a panel discussion on Charles Sheldon and his contributions to Tennessee Town
? Cheryl Ragar on the life and works of Aaron Douglas
? Lin Fredericksen on researching at the Kansas Historical Society
? Sherrita Camp on the challengess of ethnic research
? Tisa Anders and Cynthia nelson on the Votaw Colony Museum
? Deborah Dandridge in a panel discussion with Tennessee Town descendents
? Thom Rosenblum on Fred Roundtree and the Monroe School
? Ustaine Talley and J.C. Rivers with a panel discussion on the local and national connections of black history in the area
? A tour of Tennessee Town, Redmondsville, and Mudtown all in Shawnee County, on April 23, 2010

The optional keynote luncheon on Friday features Thomas C. Cox from the University of Southern California

? Tickets are $30 per person
? Keynote luncheon on Friday plus box lunch for Saturday tour is $55 per person

Held in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society, Votaw Colony Museum, Inc., Washburn University, Shawnee County Historical Society, Brown v. Board National Historic Site, and Prairie Heritage Institute, Inc.

For more information contact 785-232-0848, ustaine@sbcglobal.net

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