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Friday, December 15
Monthly Roundtable  (Round Table)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Vista Drive In, 1911 Tuttle Creek Blvd., Manhattan, KS
Please join us for an open discussion of family history or genealogy topics.  Come prepared to share, listen or meet others interested in this fascinating hobby.
We like to patronize our host by purchasing a drink and/or other items.  The cinnamon rolls are a particular favorite.

Friday, January 5, 2024
First Friday Program  (Educational Program)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
RCGS Library, 2005 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS
  • Using the Research Wiki on Family Search
  • Consider Surname Variations When Researching Your Ancestors
Please RSVP to or 831 345-5460 if you plan to attend. 

Sunday, February 18, 2024
Kanza Home at Blue Earth  (Educational Program)
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS

A century before Euro-American settlement of Kansas, the Kanza or Kaw Indians made their home in what is now northeastern and central Kansas. They settled towns near the Missouri and later the Kansas River where they planted and harvested gardens. From there, they trekked westward into the Plains to hunt bison or back towards the east to hunt deer, trap fur-bearing animals, and exchange hides and pelts for European and Euro-American goods from fur traders. Although frequently mobile, their towns served as a home base for the tribe. Through this presentation, we’ll learn about the primary town of the Kanza between about 1790 and 1828 near the junction of the Blue and Kansas Rivers.

Presenter Lauren W. Ritterbush. As an archaeologist and ethnohistorian, Lauren Ritterbush strives to understand the Indigenous people who have lived in the Great Plains and adjacent Midwest through time. She does so as Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University, where she teaches courses in archaeology, critical thinking, and museum collection management.

This RCGS program is free and open to the public.