National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: May 2, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Author Debra Goodrich Bisel to Discuss The Civil War in Kansas: Ten Years of Turmoil at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Debra Goodrich Bisel on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of her book The Civil War in Kansas: Ten Years of Turmoil. Bisel will be available to sign copies of her book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

By the time the Civil War officially began in 1861, Kansas and Missouri had already been fighting for six years. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act left the Kansas Territory wide open for white settlement, and the stage was set for a battle that would ignite the nation. The hopes and dreams of settlers and the exploits of John Brown to the Lawrence and Pottawatomie Massacres and the many other battles and skirmishes are highlighted in this new publication.

Copies of The Civil War in Kansas will be available for purchase via The Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the author
Debra Goodrich Bisel
is a native Virginian and has adopted Kansas as her home. She received her bachelor’s degree in history at Washburn University, and also studied at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian Wars are her areas of focus. She is a consultant at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. She has appeared in more than a dozen documentaries including, A&E's American Experience and productions for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and PBS, and she has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN. Bisel was the host of her own radio show, Topeka Talks, on KMAJ AM in Topeka and as a freelance journalist, she contributes regularly to TK Magazine and She is active in many groups and is president of the Shawnee County Historical Society and co-president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000, email or visit:

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