In early March, the Kansas Humanities Council is taking their Shared Stories of the Civil War program on the road. KHC, in collaboration with the Baker University Speech Choir of Baldwin City, KS, will bring Shared Stories reader’s theater events to four communities within the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, with stops in Leavenworth, Fort Scott, Topeka, and Kansas City, MS.
Shared Stories of the Civil War features scripts compiled from historical letters, diaries, newspaper particles, and other primary source material from the Civil War era. At the reader's theater events, the Baker University Speech Choir will bring the words of Civil War participants and observers to life through their unique spoken word presentation style. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a historian from Kansas or Missouri.
According to Speech Choir director Susan Emel, "the Shared Stories events open many new doors for our students by allowing us to present in new places and contexts, while collaborating with KHC and local historical societies on their goals. We are excited to have this as our first 'world tour' and expansion of our program into new avenues of possibility."