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Chester Owens (File photo)
“Saturdays by the Grinter Stove,” a program about Kansas City area history, will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 with a presentation about Strugglers’ Hill at the Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St.
The first speaker in the series will be Chester Owens, who will discuss his documentary, “The Story of Strugglers’ Hill.”
The series continues on selected Saturdays through March with different speakers. Besides learning about local history, visitors will stay for lunch prepared on the wood stove at Grinter Place.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger. It includes a tour of the house and lunch.
On Dec. 14, the program will be a Christmas celebration.
Dr. Brice Obermyer, associate professor of anthropology at Emporia State University, will discuss the Delaware Indians at the Jan. 14 program.
On Feb. 8, Whitney Baker will present, “The Rise of the Bumper Sticker.” The program is presented in cooperation with the Kansas Humanities Council.
On March 8, Gary Hicks will present a first-person portrayal of Alexander Majors, businessman and cofounder of the Pony Express.
All programs will begin at 11 a.m. at Grinter Place, the site of the oldest home still standing in Wyandotte County. Completed in 1857, Grinter House also was a trading post, post office and site of a military ferry across the Kansas River at the Delaware Crossing.
Grinter Place was the home of Annie and Moses Grinter. Annie, a Lenape (Delaware) Indian, helped to farm, raise poultry and livestock, and plant an apple orchard. Moses operated a ferry and a trading post, where he traded with the Lenape Indians.
For more information, call 913-299-0373 or visit kshs.org/grinter_place.
This is a terrific program presented by Struggler's Hill and Chester Owens, plus the added benefit of the demonstration of the wood burning cook stove.
- Lou Braswell