Locked Up in Leavenworth - Jake Ersland

Missouri Valley Sundays
Drawing from official case files, the National Archives’ Jake Ersland explores the murderers, mob bosses, anarchists, bootleggers, and thieves – many from Kansas City – who have done time at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 to Monday, February 17, 2014
2:00 pm
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Murderers. Mob bosses. Anarchists. Bootleggers. Thieves. 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 an exploration of the Archives’ “Record Group 129,” the inmate case files for the Leavenworth penitentiary. Ersland gives an illustrated lecture on the history of these valuable research files and the untold stories they contain, many with a Kansas City connection.

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.