Ride Into History: Historic Figures Intrepretation Workshop

On Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th, the Marshall County Railroad Historical Society with monetary support and endorsement from the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, State Bank of Blue Rapids, Citizens State Bank of Waterville and the KANSAS Chapter of the Oregon California Trail Association is offering a FREE 2-day workshop under the leadership of Ride Into History, Ann Briney and Joyce Thierer, for the purpose of developing and training youth and adults in first person narratives of historical persons and events in Marshall County. No experience is necessary.

The workshop will be hosted at Valley Heights High School, Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 1 to 6, free of charge to participants. The workshop will include processional training on 1st person narratives. Participants will select from following, possible historic figures or events: Conductor on the Central Branch/Missouri Pacific Railroad beginning in 1868, a Pony Express rider or station keeper, a pioneer on the Oregon Trail, a Donner/Reed party member camping at Alcove Spring and/or county historical figures from area communities, such as Joseph Cottrell or Frank Marshall.

Each participant will receive an “Historian’s Toolkits”, and other supplies including a Certificate of Achievement for completion of the workshop. Participants will be asked to research possible personal narratives of interest prior to the workshop and be willing to volunteer to perform when asked by the participating organizations as able.

This is an exciting event that will allow persons interested in performing and preserving Marshall County history to continue the historical significance of area organizations.

For more information and/or registration, please call Ann Walter at 785-799-4294 ot 785-363-2343 by January 25th. A workshop schedule will be made available on registration. The workshop is open to 12 participants. Please register soon.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.