Parsons Public Library will host the program “Bullets, Books, and Bricks: Beyond the Raid” on Monday, August 20 at 6:30pm. Wendy Alvey, Magada (Alexander) and Brent Craven, caretakers of the Dalton Defenders Museum, will present the program.
Coffeyville, KS was the sight of the deadly shootout between townsfolk and the Dalton Gang. This Wild West town suffered loss and victory when the Dalton Gang ended an 18-month bank-and train-robbing spree in death on October 5, 1892. The townsfolk defended their banks and town in one of the “last great gun battles of the Old West”.
Today, visitors to Coffeyville can re-live this historical Dalton raid, with restored buildings and layout of the crime, at the Dalton Defenders Museum.
This program will discuss, “Dust, Smoke and Death: End of the Dalton Gang at Coffeyville, Kansas”.
Mrs. Wendy Alvey’s family moved to Coffeyville when she was 2 years old, and she stayed in Coffeyville until her sophomore year of college. Mrs. Alvey moved to Fayetteville, AK and graduated in 1966 with a degree in social work. She returned to Coffeyville and went to work for the Welfare Department until her marriage in 1967. From 1998 to 2008, Mrs. Avey lived in Oklahoma and Nebraska, and after returning to Coffeyville, she began volunteering at the Dalton Defenders Museum.
Brent Craven was born and raised in Missouri, and received a degree in Chemical Engineering from MSM. Mr. Craven’s entire professional career was spent in the Farmland Industries Refineries in Coffeyville and Phillipsburg, KS. In addition to his love for his family and of history, his main interests are cooking, cars, and Kansas City Royal baseball.
Magada (Alexander) Craven was born and raised in Coffeyville, KS. She graduated from Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Junior College. She received her Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University. Mrs. Craven taught for 42 years in Montgomery and Phillips County, and Coffeyville District 445. She stays busy trying to keep up with her extended family and their interests. Being a native of Coffeyville, Mrs. Craven in interested in all the history of Coffeyville and Southeast Kansas.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. To sign up for the program or for more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.
July 22-28, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read The Maestro, by Bill Martin Jr, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.
Monday, July 23, 2018 from 1pm – 2pm. Cupcake Social. Come to the library to enjoy our monthly social event. Our sponsors, HomeTown Health Care and Hospice and Elmhaven East will be here to check blood pressure and blood sugar, provide health information & CUPCAKES. All Ages Are Welcome.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:30 am. Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Carol and Miss Willie. Lunches will be provided by Labette Health. Children will tell about the book they are reading, and why they chose it. A craft will be created as well.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 2 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Stained Glass Craft Program. Supplies are furnished for one project. Please sign up for this program.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read The Maestro, by Bill Martin Jr, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 1 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Safari So Good Workshop. Children will listen to a story and afterwards bring to life a related plush character by stuffing it and wishing on a star. Participants must have pre-registered and paid to participate.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 2 pm. Color Your Stress Away in the Board Room. Supplies are provided. Young Adults and Adults welcome.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Make a Bracelet Craft. Join us to make bracelets. Supplies will be furnished for one bracelet craft.
Thursday, July 26 , 2018 at 5:30 pm. Catch a Killer Job! Adults and Young Adults are welcome to attend. Please sign up for this activity at the front desk.
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10 am. Family Morning Movie. Join us to watch the movie, Fantasia 2000.
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2pm in the Multipurpose Room. Adult Afternoon Movie. Join us for It Happened In Brooklyn.