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Warkentin House Events

Warkentin House Museum Annual Meeting
4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2023
Free Event/Limited Seating

   The Warkentin House Museum annual meeting will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the house, 211 E. First Street.

   The meeting will be an opportunity to celebrate the recent repairs and thank those who support the house as volunteers, yard workers and docents. The meeting also will include a special presentation by Glen Ediger on the use of threshing stones in the Midwest.

   For more information, call the house at 316-283-3113. Leave a message if the house is closed, or call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642

Author Presentation: Roxie Yonkey
"Secret Kansas"
5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2023
Free Event/Limited Seating

   Join Roxie Yonkey, author of the recently released "Secret Kansas," for a presentation and book signing at the Warkentin House Museum at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28.

   This event is free, but it is limited to 40 people. To reserve seats, email Toby Carrig at Water and light snacks will be served.


About the Book

   Among Kansas’s many wheat fields lie secrets and hidden stories of heroes and villains that even a fiction author could never devise. It wasn’t just Dorothy Gale of the Wizard of Oz who roamed The Wheat State. "Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure" will introduce you to a true cast of characters along with the little-known history of their inventions, deeds, and fame. Learn about the first indigenous woman to argue before the Supreme Court to save her ancestors’ graves from greedy developers. Discover how Frank Bellamy from Cherryvale wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, only to lose his claim to its authorship. Inventions abound in Kansas history such as Mentholatum which had a small role in ending World War II. From Capt. Emil Kapaun who is headed for sainthood to the fraudulent Goat Gland Doctor whose tonics started many entertainers’ careers, there’s no shortage of fascinating anecdotes to choose from. Add to that the countless examples of courageous captains, game-changing women, along with a few ne'er-do-wells whose biographies are chronicled here. Longtime Kansan Roxie Yonkey will unearth the hidden roads and secret passages to unearth the state’s buried treasures. Visitors and lifelong residents alike will find a surprise on every page.

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