Pratt Public Library and the Pratt County Historical Society will host “Shared Stories of the Civil War: Readers’ Theater,” a script reading and discussion led by Anne Hawkins on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Oneita Johnson Auditorium at the Pratt Public Library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

The Shared Stories of the Civil War readers’ theater project features stories created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other materials. These voices from history provide insight into how 19th century Americans living in Kansas and Missouri struggled to define the meaning of freedom during the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War years. Members of the community will read the scripts, and then Hawkins will lead the audience in a discussion.

Anne Hawkins teaches United States history at Washburn University, as well as U.S. and world history classes for home-educated youth ages 7–17 across northeast Kansas. She received her Masters degree in History from the University of Kansas, and has published numerous writings on state history.

“Shared Stories of the Civil War: Readers’ Theater” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.

For more information about “Shared Stories of the Civil War: Readers’ Theater” contact the Pratt Public Library at 672-3041 or staff@prattpubliclibrary.org or the Pratt County Historical Society Museum at 672-7874 or pchsmuseum@sctelcom.net.