Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Underground Railroad Bus Tour

Upcoming Tour of the Underground Railroad by local good guy and director of the Wonder Workshop Richard Pitts. The bus tour is September 16, 2007 from 3-6 p.m.

The Underground Railroad Bus Tour

Lead by Richard Pitts, the author of "A Self-Guided Tour of the Underground Railroad in Kansas" & Executive Producer of the DVD Documentary "The Kansas Underground Railroad"


Arrive early to get a seat on the bus otherwise you will have to drive your own vehicle

Date: September 16, 2007 Time: 3 – 6 pm, Where: Triangle Park in Aggieville

Co-Sponsored by CCHW at K-STATE & USD 383

The year is 1858. The Fugitive Slave Law was passed just eight years ago; bad news for you and your small group who just managed a narrow escape from slavery's doorsteps in Missouri. Alas, you thought your adventure was over now that you are in Kansas. You now are going to carefully navigate your way through to get your passengers to Canada on the Underground Railroad.

Richard Pitts, Executive Director of the Wonder Workshop, proudly presents a journey back in time to Underground Railroad sites in Riley and Wabaunsee Counties. This tour will travel to various sites within fifteen miles of Manhattan. At each site, (there will be seven stops made on this tour) participants will be presented with information regarding its historical significance. You should plan to spend at least 3 ½ hours to complete the entire route. Travelers will learn about the famous Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, Captain Mitchell, Strong Farm, Reverend Blood, and others who helped to make Kansas a free state! Your group will take part in interactive activities along the way. This adventure will place you in the shoes of enslaved Africans, Slave Owners, and Abolitionists as you learn about the true meaning of strength, courage, and endurance experienced by those early "Human Rights" activists whose broad shoulders we all stand upon!


How long is the tour? Between 3 - 5 hours to complete




Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Another Global Warming Scare

Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned | Environment | Guardian Unlimited  Annotated

A melting iceberg

Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.

If the increased rate of melting continues, the summertime Arctic could be totally free of ice by 2030.

Dr Serreze said: "If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our childrens' lifetimes."

The sea ice usually melts in the Arctic summer and freezes again in the winter. But Dr Serreze said that would be difficult this year.

"This summer we've got all this open water and added heat going into the ocean. That is going to make it much harder for the ice to grow back."