Historian Chester Owens to Speak at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library in cooperation with the Museums & Historical Sites of Wyandotte County will host a series of Wyandotte County history lectures this summer at the Main Library. The first lecture in the series will be presented by local historian Chester Owens on Thursday, July 20 at 6:00 PM in the Main Library auditorium. Mr. Owens will speak on Sumner High School and the African American churches of Wyandotte County. Mr. Owens is a community leader, statesman, civil activist, business professional and humanitarian. He was the first African American voted to the KCK City Council and has received numerous awards throughout his lifetime including the NAACP Civil Rights award.

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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 kckpl.org