Joe Vaughan to Speak at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

From our friends at KCKPL:

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is pleased to host local author Joe Vaughan for a presentation on his latest book, Colonel Wilkinson’s Diary: A Kansas Doctor in World War I France on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Library café. His book tells the story of a Kansas surgeon who volunteers to go to war in 1917. Dr. Hugh Wilkinson left his wife and daughter behind to care for soldiers injured on the battlefield during WWI. From his years of military and medical training, Dr. Wilkinson, had dealt with the best and the worst of humankind, which served him well working in the uncertainties of war. Even though war is about killing, Major Wilkinson was trained and dedicated to repairing those damaged by it. Vaughan will sign books following the event.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, Vaughan is an area civic leader and local historian. A graduate of the KU journalism school, he worked in broadcast journalism for two decades before becoming an author. His other works include pictorial history books for the cities of Westwood, Kansas; Mission, Kansas; Merriam, Kansas; the History of KCKN AM & FM Radio station and the Sesquicentennial of Historic Union Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895. In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today. It serves a population of 159,129. The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. The library can be found online at