New partnerships for a trio of events at the Lyon Departmental History Center


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The month of April is placed under the sign of partnerships for the Departmental History Center of Lyon.

Three partnerships will result in three new events starting this Saturday with a “beginner genealogy” program that will explore the basics of genealogical research in a cooperative event with the Emporia Public Library. This event will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the History Center.

Once residents have researched their own personal history, they are invited to participate in a special tour that will expand their understanding of local history. The LCHC has postponed its Santa Fe Trail bus tour, which was originally scheduled to take place last year before a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The tour will take place on Saturday, April 30 and will take participants through the dirt roads of northern Lyon County and will include stops at historic sites including the AI ​​Baker property which was excavated in the 1970s. Baker was a judge killed by Bloody Bill Anderson in 1862.

The visit will follow two presentations of the program by Jan Huston on April 26 at the Departmental History Center of Lyon and on April 28 at the Departmental Museum of the North of Lyon in Admire. History Center assistant director Lisa Soller said anyone interested in the bus tour will also want to attend the presentations.

After the bus tour, the third floor of the History Center will be filled with music on the night of April 30 in support of the Emporia State University Choir. The choir will perform “A Night of Poetry” beginning at 7:30 p.m. where audiences will hear the choir musically perform selections of poetry, all in support of the choir’s 2023 tour.

Bus tour tickets are $25 and include lunch with poetry fundraiser tickets ranging from $12 to $25. For more information on these and other activities, visit


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