Marion museum to host ?Kansas BC?

The Marion Historical Museum will host,?Kansas BC,? a presentation that will focus on artifacts and prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas prior to the European settlers homesteading here.

Donald Blakeslee, professor of archaeological anthropology at Wichita State University, will be the featured presenter at the gathering, which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

?If people want to bring in Indian artifacts, (Blakeslee) will take a look at them and tell about their purpose,? said Gary Ewert, member of the museum board,

Ewert said he doesn?t think Blakeslee will appraise personal artifacts.

Blakeslee will discuss evidence that prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas traveled a lot?even to central Mexico?and traded with the Pueblo people of the Southwest.

According to information provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, his presentation will address how the early people of Kansas were interested in meteors and meteorites.

?It is easy to imagine that the small human communities that occupied Kansas for thousands of years would have existed in relative isolation, but nothing could be further from the truth,? Blakeslee said.

Anyone planning to bring artifacts for Blakeslee to review is asked to be at the museum at 6 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. presentation.

?He will explain what (the artifacts) are and answer any questions people would have about them,? Ewert said.

The program is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating in the museum, he said.

The museum also is hosting a program June 13 called, ?The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War,? presented by Leo E. Oliva, a former professor at Fort Hays State University.

Both programs are made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council in Topeka.

For more information, call the museum at 620-382-9134.

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