Local historian, author, and filmmaker Ken Spurgeon will be reading and signing from his new book A Kansas Soldier At War: The Civil War Letters of Christian and Elise Dubach Isely, on Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. Spurgeon’s documentary Bloody Dawn currently plays for visitors in the Museum’s Civil War exhibit, and the filming of his latest movie Road to Valhalla will wrap up this summer. Spurgeon is the president of Lone Chimney Films.
Spurgeon’s book will be for sale at the event, and includes insightful historical analysis of a couple torn apart by war: “War broke out in 1861, Christian and Elise Dubach Isely, soon to be married, found themselves in the midst of the conflict as Christian enlisted with the 2nd Kansas Cavalry to fight alongside Union forces. The hundreds of letters the couple wrote to each other over the next three years still survive today and provide a unique look at the Civil War, one in which the war, faith and family are discussed openly and frankly.”
Please join us for this event. Admission for lectures is free for Museum members or general admission for non-members. Students with an ID are only $5 (+tax). Please visit our website for more information or call the Museum at 316.263.1311.