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Learn at the Uplands
McPherson Uplands Women’s/Youth Instructional Shoot will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at McPherson Uplands Outdoor Learning Center, 732 Limestone Road in McPherson.
Free hot dogs, chips, drinks will be served and shooting sports activities will be going on for the whole family. All materials are provided.
Activities are recommended for ages 4 to 18, but all are welcome. Sling shot, pallet gun, .22 rifle and archery range, and clay shooting range stations will be open with instructors at each. Call 620-242-8161 or 620-755-4727 for more information.
Catch a film
The McPherson Police Benefit Association is showing the documentary “Officer Involved” at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St. in McPherson. All proceeds will benefit the McPherson Police Department officers in the event of injury and/or death. Tickets will be sold at the door for a free will donation. The suggested amount is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The film is recommended for adults and young adults at least 14 years old.
Meet an author
LARNED – Fort Larned is pleased to announce the upcoming special program and book signing by Charlotte Hinger at 1 p.m. on Aug. 12 in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Charlotte Hinger, award winning novelist and independent historian, will discuss her book “Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice in Western Kansas.”
A raw community of ex-slaves created a new community on the Great Plains. Even with settlers like Buffalo Soldier veteran Sam Gardner, it had an uneasy relationship with Fort Hays and the city of Hays, Kansas. Still, African Americans turned Nicodemus into an unlikely Great Plains political powerhouse.
Charlotte Hinger is the author of several articles and encyclopedia entries on African American history in the West and the novels Come Spring, Deadly Descent, Lethal Lineage, and Hidden Heritage. The talk will be in the Visitor Center Theater at 1 p.m. followed by a book signing.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911.