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Sunday, April 22
A Route 66 Road Trip  (Educational Program)
2:00 pm
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas
Long before the “interstate” was born, road trippers looked to Route 66 to venture across America. This 2,448-mile stretch is among America’s most famous roads, connecting a number of states from Chicago to California. In this presentation, you will learn about the historic Route 66 highway. Doug Meloan and his wife first traveled part of Route 66 in 2001. They had so much fun during that first trip that for the next 10 years they traveled stretches of Route 66 each summer re-discovering the magic of that historic highway. They have driven the entire route from Chicago to Los Angeles. During these travels they documented through hundreds of photos and video footage what they found.
Doug Meloan was born and raised in Manhattan.  He is a graduate of Manhattan High School and attended Kansas State University prior to earning his mortuary science degree in Kansas City. He has been a licensed funeral director for over 35 years with the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Since early childhood Doug has had a love for classic cars and the roads they traveled on. 
This program is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 7
First Friday Members' Class  (First Friday Membership Progra)
9:30 am
Riley County Genealogical Society, 2005 Claflin, Manhattan, Kansas
A Visit to Rock Creek Valley Historical Museum in Westmoreland
Meet at RCGS to take a field trip to the museum. We will learn of their newspaper holdings and genealogical records, walk to the grave of a pioneer, and view the wagon swales of Oregon Trail travelers. We will end with a presentation on the Oregon Trail and lunch at the Ranch.

Sunday, May 20
Historic Preservation and its place in 21st Century America  (Educational Program)
2:00 pm
Manhattan Pubic Library Auditorium, Manhattan, Kansas

This presentation will cover many details about historic preservation and how to stay abreast of new and age-proven methods of preservation. Areas to be discussed will include the application of strategies that promote the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, protection, continued use and interpretation of historic resources.

Presenters, Len and Linus Schamber, are brothers in a 40 yr. old partnership called Schamber Historic Preservation LLC. Their main objective has been to retain original fabric of buildings by process of repairing, reconstruction, rehabilitation, restoration, and renovation. They have worked on many kinds of preservation projects such as churches, courthouses, homes, offices, log cabins, stagecoach and pony express stations, barns, granaries, schools, windmills, general stores, underground vaulted rooms, and more. 

Sunday, June 24
Historic Marshall County  (Educational Program)
2:00 pm
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS

Come and travel along the Blue River as Ann Walter and Brenda Staggenborg guide you through one of the most historic counties in the State of Kansas: Marshall County, Kansas. Enjoy the "Trails Capital" of Kansas by railway, covered wagon and Pony Express. Experience the Flint Hills on board the Central Branch Rails, walk the trails of the historic Alcove Spring on the Oregon Trail and ride into history as a Pony Express Rider. Be entertained with "tours" of our interactive museums, be welcomed into the historic Weaver Hotel, Waterville Opera House, the historic Koester House and Pony Express Original Station. Walk the nostalgic brick streets of Marysville, learn about the productive manufacturing and businesses of our county and tour the Victorian houses and quaint business districts. Get a sneak peak of all the upcoming attractions and events around the county. We will welcome you to Marshall County and its viable rural communities.