Built in 1942 in the Prairie Center area of Johnson County, Kansas, the Sunflower Ordnance Works quickly became the world's largest rocket propellant plant, producing over 200 million pounds of propellant for the war effort.
But that success came at a cost. To obtain the 10,000 acres needed, farmers were forced to sell their land to the U.S. government.
Anne Jones, curator of collections at the Johnson County Museum, and Matt Gilligan, the museum's curator of interpretation, examine the long history of the Sunflower Ordnance Works on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Sunflower plant became an important part of America's "Arsenal of Democracy" during World War II. Since its military role ended in 1992, civilian development plans - like a proposed Land of Oz theme park - have created their own sorts of explosions.
The talk complements the Johnson County Museum's new exhibit on the Sunflower Ordnance Works, which opens September 20, 2013.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Johnson County Museum.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.