National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: April 2, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

Jake Ersland to Discuss World War II Records at the National Archives

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

Kansas City, (MO)…On Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m., the National Archives will feature Jake Ersland for a lecture focused on World War II Records found in the holdings of the Archives.

Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States swiftly moved to mobilize for war. Across the nation individuals volunteered to serve, were trained, and shipped off to fight the Axis powers. Those that stayed behind supported the war effort in whatever way was necessary. The records of the National Archives at Kansas City document this mobilization on the home front. Whether producing bombs in ordnance plants, registering men for the draft, or marshaling resources to produce the tools of war, men and women in the Great Plains states played an important role in winning the war. Ersland will take a look at the records that document the key roles played on the home front, and instruct how these records can be accessed by the general public.

This program is presented in partnership with the Johnson County Museum and their exhibit Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie, an exhibit that focuses on the Sunflower Ordnance Works, later known as the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, located near present day De Soto, Kansas. The exhibit focuses on the workers and artifacts from the onetime world's largest smokeless powder explosives plant. Records from the National Archives at Kansas City and Johnson County Museum are featured. The exhibit continues through August 23, 2014, at the Museum.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the Speaker

Jake Ersland joined the permanent staff at the National Archives at Kansas City as an archivist in 2008 after previously working as a student hire, contractor, and intern. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Pittsburg State University. Ersland oversees holdings maintenance projects, the accessioning of new records, reference requests, and writes descriptions of records, as well as performing other miscellaneous duties.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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