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Julie McPike is the Managing Director of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and will be with us to explore this local resource. Events that happened in the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area led to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew those on both sides into a violent Border War. Missouri heroes were Kansas villains. Kansas victories were Missouri tragedies. Now Freedom’s Frontier bridges the border. We will participate in and listen to a “reader’s theater” piece.

Vital Conversations meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:30pm at the Antioch Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 6060 N Chestnut Ave, Gladstone, Missouri 64119