• American History Enthusiasts
    We are meeting this November 08, 7:00 PM at Dave Huston’s house. Yuliya is prepared to speak about Gaius Marius, a Roman general, who held the position of consul seven times in his career. He was responsible for reforms of the Roman army and other innovative ideas which had a bearing on Rome’s military successes. Yet he is little known today in spite of his many contributions to the Republic. Yuliya will enlighten us about this interesting Roman.

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    Our presenter this month is Diane Eickhoff who will be speaking on “Vegetopia: The Kansas Colony Way Ahead of its Time.” Diane is a speaker sponsored by Humanities Kansas, an independent, nonprofit organization. In 1856 a band of pilgrims, led by the eccentric Henry Chubb, set out to establish “heaven on earth” in Kansas. Come to the meeting to see what happened.

    San Francisco Tower at Crown Center

    2510 Grand Blvd · Kansas City , MO

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    We will me this Thursday, September 13th. Tom will discuss the Shenandoah Campaign, 1862, starring Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Jackson performed brilliantly in fighting off three Union Armies and while always outnumbered he was never outfought. This campaign is considered one of the brilliant ever fought. Come and learn our history; Tom will not disappoint.

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    The topic for this Meetup is the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor bestowed by this country. What is the correct name for this medal? Why and when was it instituted? In which war were the most given? What are today’s criteria for winning this award? Who won the medal from the Kansas City area? Name winners of this medal for whom movies were made.

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    The topic for this Meetup is the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor bestowed by this country. What is the correct name for this medal? Why and when was it instituted? In which war were the most given? What are today’s criteria for winning this award? Who won the medal from the Kansas City area? Name winners of this medal for whom movies were made.

    San Francisco Tower at Crown Center

    2510 Grand Blvd · Kansas City , MO

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    We will meet Join Lewis Diuguid, former KC Star editor, for a look at his book, Our Fathers: Making Black Men, at Meet Up American History Enthusiasts, Thursday July 12, 7 PM. Diuguid’s book focuses on one block of St. Louis in the mid-20th century, where African American businessmen living the American Dream also created a sense of community for boys in that neighborhood. The author's father, Lincoln I. Diuguid, a PhD graduate of Cornell University in chemistry, anchored the block with Du-Good Chemical Laboratories & Manufacturers.The chemistry the book reveals isn't rocket science, it's just the lost formula of community engagement. The black men as mentors emphasized the importance of education and helped prepare the African American boys to be men. Duguid may have copies of his book availlable.

    San Francisco Tower at Crown Center

    2510 Grand Blvd · Kansas City , MO

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    We will convene at Kent Johnson’s house this Thursday and he will discuss the cattle trails of the 1870’s and 80’s that were important to the economy of Kansas in the nineteenth century. Cattle drives played a role in the growth of cities, such as Dodge City, and the rise of legends like Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Wild Bill Hickok. Kent will discuss some well known trails and lesser known trails such as the Sun Flower Trail. I’m certain this will add to everyone’s knowledge of Kansas History. Incidentally, Thursday is also Flag Day. And let us recall that June 6 was the anniversary of D-Day, 1944.

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    We will meet this Thursday, May 10th and I will present “A Forensic Study of Lincoln’s Assassination”. I will discuss the last week in Lincoln’s life and review the underlying issues that culminated in his murder. We will discuss the individuals involved and how their lives played out after Lincoln’s death as well as the findings from Lincoln’s autopsy.

    San Francisco Tower at Crown Center

    2510 Grand Blvd · Kansas City , MO

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    We will meet April 12 at the Tomahawk Ridge CC to learn about early 19th Century America, sectionalism, Romanticism, Gothic literature and Edgar Allen Poe. Poe was a writer and poet who gained little fame and fortune in this country while he was alive, but was widely known and respected in Europe and especially in France. He influenced many future authors and his works are still widely read today. We will conclude with a reading of Annabelle Lee and The Bells. This was an interesting time and an interesting man.

    Tomahawk Ridge Community Center

    119th and Lowell · Overland Park, KS

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  • American History Enthusiasts
    On this Thursday, we will travel along the Santa Fe Trail, learning about its history, the travails of the travelers, and what it is today. John Nolan will recount the adventurous trip his grandfather took along the Santa Fe in the “Big 6” also called “Old Betsy”, a $4,000, red, 60 horsepower, 1908 Stevens-Duryea. John will also talk about early auto races and early automobiles in the Kansas City area in the early 1900’s. Keep in mind that roads were unpaved, gas stations were uncommon, and reliable road maps a rarity. It was an interesting time to travel!!

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