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Presentation Explores Legacy of African American Baseball

McPherson, KS – McPherson County Historical Society in McPherson will host “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” a presentation and discussion by Phil S. Dixon on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2 pm at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the McPherson Museum at 620.241.8464 for more information. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

All McPherson County Historical Society programs are free to the public and refreshments will be provided.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

Phil S. Dixon a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed over 500 former Negro League players and family members.

“The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For more information about “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” in McPherson, contact the McPherson Museum at 620.241.8464 or visit www.mcphersonmuseum.com

About Humanities Kansas
Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.

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