Deb, our good friend and host has the day off. She’s feeling a little under the weather and actually has no voice. Now I know what you’re all thinking. Deb has no voice. She’s lost her voice. How can that be? Well, we wish Deb a speedy recovery. And like all good friends, I volunteered to come up from the minor leagues and take a swing at the big time here. But we hope Deb recovers real soon. So we have a fantastic show today. We have a wonderful segment on the cop point and wildlife. We’re going to look at some early African American settlers in Kansas you should know about. But I wanted to share some rather interesting and sad information with you. If you love Kansas history like I do, like Deb does, you’re going to be sad to hear that the University Press of Kansas is possibly going to be shut down. I know how can the largest press in the state of Kansas be shut down? Well, its budgets just like everything. I don’t know about you, but their books are fantastic Bleeding Kansas by Nicole etchison. The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae Dixon. And the first book I ever read from the University Press of Kansas, Albert Castells, Civil War Kansas that introduced me to the complexity of Kansas history.
So if you love our Kansas history, like Devin I do, make sure you reach out to the press through their website and let them know that you support them. And if you can look for some good titles from the University Press of Kansas and by them, it will help also with some upcoming events this spring. I know Doesn’t that sound wonderful, upcoming events. The first I want to talk about is the fort wellness Symposium on March 13. For the day, you will get to take the Smoky Hill to Santa Fe with amazing presentations and speakers and camaraderie. And you’ll be around like minded folks who love our Kansas history. Deb and Jane and the folks at the museum do a fantastic job with their events. You can visit the museum online or their Facebook page for more information. And let’s look forward to summer, shall we? The new inductees for this year’s Kansas Music Hall of Fame celebration have been announced. The virtual ceremony will be held on the 24th of July 2021. And you can visit their website for more information. What an incredible organization. I’ve had the opportunity to be at in person induction ceremonies and they are a treat. Lastly, I know times are tough. We’re all ready to get outside and explore when it’s time to do so. Please think about visiting our State Historic Sites, our local and regional museums. They need our support more than ever and if you love our Kansas history, please show them some love. Stop in visit. Leave a little donation in the jar or better yet spend a little bit in those gift shops. I can guarantee you Deb and I have never met a museum gift shop we did not love. We’ve got a great show for you today. Sit back for a cup of coffee and Get ready to enjoy around Kansas.