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Lee Ward, a mortician by trade, historian and writer, will give a presentation at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site about Jesse James and his death. The historic site will co-sponsor other activities throughout the week as part of the Lexington Fair, which runs from Aug. 18-24.
For many years the story has been told in Jefferson City of the Missouri State Penitentiary inmate who became such a star on the radio that he was released from prison. But there’s far more to the story of Harry Snodgrass and WOS, the station that broadcast from the dome of the Capitol.
This program, presented by Bob Priddy, news director of The Missourinet and widely known for his daily radio program "Across Our Wide Missouri," recalls the early days of radio, a time when WOS was redemption for a convict, the magical times when radio was young. The program will be held on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol.
This program continues the programming series, "Museum After Hours," which occurs on the first Wednesday of each month. Missouri State Museum galleries stay open until 9 p.m.
Michael Dickey, the author of several books on western Missouri history and the leading expert on historical aspects of Arrow Rock, Mo., presents "Vincent Marmaduke: James Bond of the South" at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
The Marmaduke family was a leading family in the state and in the Arrow Rock area and Vincent's brother, John, was one of the Confederate generals attacking Pilot Knob in 1864.
Part of the Friends of Arrow Rock 1st Saturday Lecture Series. Presented by Dr. Herschel and Jacque Stroud
Bill Bundschu will present his book, Abuse and Murder on the Frontier: the Trials and Travels of Rebecca Hawkins: 1800-1860, at the Westport Public Library on May 10, at 2 p.m. A reception with refreshments will be hosted afterwards at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum, located across the street at 40th Street and Baltimore.
Rebecca Hawkins was put on trial in 1838 for the poisoning and murder of her husband, a farmer and grist mill operator on the Little Blue River in Jackson County. The outcome of her trial was significantly influenced by the testimony of her slave.
After nearly two decades of physical abuse at the hand of her husband, Rebecca conspired with her neighbor, Henry Garster, to put a stop to it. She was convicted of poisoning her husband, but only Garster was convicted of the actual murder. Garster was hanged at the Temple Lot in Independence, the first legal hanging in Jackson County.
But was Rebecca’s story unique among frontier women? Bill Budnschu’s presentation of her life reveals much about women, slaves, and otherwise unknown persons who led quiet, yet at times desperate lives on the American frontier.
The Westport Public Library is located at 118 Westport Road.
Bill Bundschu is a retired attorney who resides in Independence, MO with his wife Betty. He is a member of the Jackson County Historical Society and Heritage League of Greater Kansas City. He became interested in early American history while biking over 53,000 miles through most of the major historic trails in the U.S., including the Santa Fe Trail, Natchez Trace, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Route 66.
Attend this evening open house and see the exhibit "Show Me the Fair: Souvenirs and Remembrances of the 1904 World's Fair." Visit with World's Fair enthusiasts to hear about the experience of attending the fair and see some of the museum's collection on display this summer.
This program continues the programming series, "Museum after Hours," which occurs on the first Wednesday of each month. Missouri State Museum galleries stay open until 9 p.m. The program will take place in the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery, located at 101 Jefferson Street in the Union Hotel. The gallery is part of Jefferson Landing State Historic Site.
In June and July, Fort Davidson State Historic Site will host a variety of speakers each Tuesday. The schedule is as follows:
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