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Historian to speak at Mound City Historical Society event

Updated: Mar 25, 2023


The author of this book on the original Jayhawkers is set to speak in Mound City on Thursday evening.


MOUND CITY – A Kansas historian, author and retired history teacher will be speaking Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the schoolhouse in the Mound City Historical Park.


Todd Mildfelt has spent more than 20 years researching the Underground Railroad and its connections in Kansas, and he will be speaking at Thursday's event sponsored by the Mound City Historical Society. The public is invited to attend.


Mildfelt is expected to talk about several places in Linn County that he hopes will be included in the national Network to Freedom. That organization honors places and people who helped escaped slaves seek freedom before and during the Civil War.


The historian’s latest book, An Abolitionist of the Most Dangerous Kind: James Montgomery and His War on Slavery is expected to be out this fall. He co-authored the book with Dave Shafer.

Mildfelt’s first book, published in 2003, was The Secret Danite’s: Kansas’ First Jayhawkers.


In addition to Mildfelt’s presentation, members of the society will give an update on the progress of restoring the park as well as plans for the future.


In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Bunker Hill Community Center.

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