Hidden History of Kansas
Kansas’ storied past is filled with fascinating firsts, humorous coincidences and intriguing characters. A man who had survived a murderous proslavery massacre in 1858 hanged his would-be executioner five years later. A wealthy Frenchman utilized his utopian ideals to create an award-winning silk-producing commune in Franklin County. A young boy’s amputated arm led to the rise of Sprint Corporation. The first victim of the doomed Donner Party met her end in Kansas. In 1947, a housewife in Johnson County, indignant at the poor condition of the local school for black children, sparked school desegregation nationwide. Author and historian Adrian Zink digs deep into the Sunflower State’s history to reveal these hidden and overlooked stories.
About Adrian Zink (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Adrian Zink is a native Kansan that has worked in the history profession for over fifteen years at a variety of museums, universities, archives and historic sites. Born and raised in Larned, he holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Kansas, a Master's of Library Science from the University of Maryland and an MA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently works at the National Archives-Kansas City. He has previously worked at the Kansas Historical Society, UW-Milwaukee Archives, The National Press Club Library & Archives in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Adrian and his wife, Toni, have two children and live in Overland Park, KS. 'Hidden History of Kansas' is his first book.