Free presentations happening Sunday focus on tragic histories

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There are several history related presentations happening around northeast Kansas Sunday. The author of “Auschwitz #34207” will be at the Topeka Shawnee County Library to discuss her best selling book.

It tells the story of Holocaust survivor Joe Rubenstein’s time in a concentration camp and life after the war. Author Nancy Sprowell Geise is discussing the book Sunday in honor of International Holocaust Day. The event is from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Emporia State University professor Dr. Christopher Lovett will talk about a period in Kansas’ history in the 1900s when thousands of people were forcibly sterilized.

His presentation is part of the “Shawnee County History Geeks” programs offered by the Shawnee County Historical Society. Dr. Lovett is giving that presentation at the Hale Ritchie House, 1118 S.E. Madison, Topeka at 3:00 p.m.

Congressman Steve Watkins is talking about Kansas Day as part of the Constitution Hall State Historic Site’s Bleeding Kansas program series. The executive director of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Jim Ogle, will also speak during the presentation.

The talk is at 2:00 p.m. at the Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 319 Elmore, Lecompton.

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