Fort Scott Presbyterian Village to host free history event
Local playwright Linda Knoll brings the coal mining history of southeast Kansas to life with her play, “Army of Amazons: An Oral History of Southeast Kansas.” On June 25, she will bring her knowledge to Presbyterian Village at 4 p.m. June 25 in the commons area for a presentation on the women’s march for justice that inspired her work.
Linda is an educator and historian who has worked in a variety of heritage preservation settings. Her play has been performed for numerous audiences, and provided the inspiration for the mural “Solidarity.”
Southeast Kansas has a rich and intense history heavily affected by coal mining. With the discovery of coal in the late 1860s, thousands came to work in the mines. At one time, the region produced a third of the nation’s coal.
The mix of nationalities that settled in the area coalfields created an ethnic geography unique to Kansas that came to be known as “The Little Balkans.”
In 1921, a commitment to achieving social justice was acted upon by thousands of women–wives and relatives of striking miners–who marched on the coal mines in protest of hazardous working conditions, poor pay and discrimination. It is the story of the men and women who not only toiled to extract coal from the earth, but also engaged in a courageous struggle for equity and justice that advanced the cause of human and civil rights in America.
The presentation is part of Presbyterian Village’s Just Ask series, a free, ongoing lifelong learning program featuring information from local, regional and national experts on topics of interest to older adults and their families. RSVP by June 21 to Becky Kellum at [email protected] or 620-223-5550.