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All About The Kaw: A Speakers Series

You won’t want to miss out on this Lunchtime Speakers Series!

This speakers series complements our current exhibit The Kaw: A Prairie River Shapes a State and is FREE to members.

Non-members pay regular admission. Bottled water available but no food—bring your own lunch if you wish.

May 9, "Improving Access on the Kaw River", Aaron Deters. Aaron is a Regional Wildlife Supervisor in Topeka for the KS Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.  Aaron also coordinates the Kansas Water Trail program through KDWPT to improve access, conservation and recreational opportunities on the Kaw.

Previous Speakers:

October 11, 12-1pm “Our National Water Trail - The Kansas River”, Dawn Buehler. Dawn is the Kansas Riverkeeper with Friends of the Kaw.  She monitors, responds and mediates suspected pollution incidents to Kansas River; schedules and facilitates educational river trips; and manages advocacy efforts to protect and preserve the Kansas River. 

November 8, 12-1pm “Along the Kaw: A Journey Down the Kansas River”, Craig Thompson. Craig earned an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Kansas. Craig began exploring Kansas while working for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  During the next several years, he photographed the Kansas River and published a book titled Along the Kaw: A Journey Down the Kansas River. You can connect with ATK on Facebook at Craig lives in Kansas City, Missouri and is now a scientist with US Environmental Protection Agency.

December, No speaker

January 10, "The Kansas Riverkings", Barbara Higgins-Dover.  The Kansas RiverKings were men living off the Kansas River beginning as early as 1870. Their work was hard, dirty, and dangerous. They built a cabin on the water below the Lawrence dam and started and operated a commercial fishing industry that lasted, despite the illegality, 100 years. The first known Kansas Riverking in Lawrence was a runaway slave named Jake Washington. Abe Burns would later partner with Jake to form one of the most historic catfishing teams anywhere. 

February 14, “In Love with the Kansas River”, Bill Riphahn. Bill is with Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.  In Bill’s thirty-year tenure as the park planner he has also become the park historian and collector of park artifacts, photos and drawings.  He also has a fondness for the Kansas River and its rich history.

March 14, "Fish Tales from the Kaw". Ned Kehde was a long-time friend of "River King" Tom Burns who fished with him and has written about him.  Ned is a former columnist for the Topeka Capital-Journal and Lawrence Journal World, and currently writes a twice-weekly column for In-Fisherman.

April 11, “Crossing the Kansas River on the Oregon Trail”, Tom Ellis. Tom is a writer and historian whose research interest is focused on 19th century Kansas.  He is retired from Washburn University and the Kansas Historical Foundation.