From prehistoric times to the Civil War, from the industrial explosion of the late 1800s and on to the steady growth and occasional upheavals of the 20th century, the Kansas-Missouri border country has seen plenty of history.
Now authors Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart offer a new way to appreciate the past in a discussion of their new book The Big Divide on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The married couple have spent much of the last two years crisscrossing the Kansas City area to create a travel guide for the ultimate Midwestern road trip.
"Unlike a lot of travel books, it's organized not geographically but chronologically," says Barnhart, the retired television editor for the Kansas City Star. "We begin writing about sites that reflect what this region was like before people arrived, then move on to the Native Americans, settlers, the Border War, the Civil War, and so on through the 20th century."
The Big Divide, an easy-to-use travelogue with point-by-point directions, features more than 100 photographs and 20 maps.
Aaron Barnhart was from 1997-2012 the television editor of the Kansas City Star. Diane Eickhoff is the author of Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.