Murderers. Mob bosses. Anarchists. Bootleggers. Thieves.
Who knows - maybe even one of your black-sheep relations?
They've all found a home at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, regarded for many years as the ultimate high-security prison.
Now their stories are told by the National Archives' Jake Ersland in Locked Up in Leavenworth on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Among the more unusual - and heavily used - genealogical resources held by the National Archives at Kansas City is "Record Group 129" or, in layman's terms, the inmate case files for Leavenworth Penitentiary. Ersland gives an illustrated lecture on the history of these valuable research files and the untold stories they contain, many with Kansas City connections.
Ersland has been an archivist with the National Archives at Kansas City since 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in History from Pittsburg State University.
Admission to the event is free. Free parking is available at the Library District parking parage at 10th and Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.
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.