Friday, April 11, 2014

Lecture Series 2014: Linda S. Johnston

Posted by Museum intern Victoria Kunhardt

The Museum of World Treasures will soon host author Linda S. Johnston for the first event of the 2014 Lecture Series. Johnston will join the Museum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 to discuss her book Hope Amid Hardship.

Johnston is an environmental educator and field interpreter for George Mason University who has a keen interest in history. With the goal of emphasizing the written word, Johnston created The Journaling Project, "to show students the importance of telling their own story.” Her book Hope Amid Hardship was released in August of 2013 and offers a new perspective on the pioneer voices from Kansas territories.

Hope Amid Hardship offers a fresh approach to history as it collects journals and writings from 60 settlers. The reflections of these pioneers provides on outlook on the burdens, challenges, and brighter times of pioneer life. The unique format of Hope Amid Hardships preservers the character and charm of the writers’ words, while the "whimsical watercolor illustrations give the book a journal-like feel, making it irresistible to those who enjoy history, memoir, art, and nature. Thoughtfully researched and illustrated, this piece of Americana presents the hopeful, light-hearted side of life in Kansas Territory.”

This educational event is open to the public. Please join us to learn about the challenges and brighter side of pioneer life among those who shaped the Sunflower State. Audience members are welcome to explore the vast array of treasures that the Museum has to offer and then discuss with Johnston and ask questions about her book and research.

Please join us for this educational event. Admission for this lecture is free for Museum members or $5(+tax) for non-members due to our monthly Family Night event. Please visit our website for more information or call the Museum at 316.263.1311.

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