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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 Bruce Dierking, owner of KNDY radio in Marysville, and chairman of the Marshall County Development Corp/tourism will 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.

This RCGS program is free and open to the public.




Sunday, July 29
The History of the Strong Farm and Family  (Educational Program)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas

The stone home on the Strong Farm was built by Henry Strong in 1867.  Henry was known for his involvement in the Underground Railroad at his farm. He was one of many along the trails to provide a safe haven until the slaves could make their way to the next stop.  Henry had a large diary, a rock quarry, one of the largest apple orchards in the area. Mabel Baxter Hoerner, known for Grandma Hoerner Foods, was born and raised at the Strong Farm with her grandparents Henry and Elenora. Elenora was one of the first schoolteachers in Manhattan. She taught in the loft of her barn; the school bell is on exhibit at the Riley County Historical Society.  The Home at 1916 Beck St. is open as a guest house. 

Rachelle Routh, great-great-great granddaughter of Henry and Elenora Strong purchased the Strong Farm in 2006 for the Beckenhaur family.  This presentation of the history of the family will be given by Rachelle.

This RCGS program is free and open to the public.