Library to hold panel discussion on Quindaro townsite future Aug. 19

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library will hold a panel discussion on the Quindaro townsite at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.

The townsite was designated a National Commemorative Site earlier this year. Jim Ogle, FFNHA executive director will lead a discussion about the future of the townsite and the community’s efforts to make the ruins a National Historic Landmark.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas.

BPU to meet Aug. 21

The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the BPU offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. A work session will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the BPU offices.

On the agenda for the regular session will be a visitors’ time, appointment of Western Fuels delegates, an electric production update, board comments, general manager comments and a closed, executive session.

At a BPU work session at 5 p.m. Aug. 21, there will be a board update, general manager update and customer service update.

KCKCC to hold Women’s Equality Day Event Aug. 23

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is holding its fifth annual Women’s Equality Day luncheon and program. This year the event will feature two local women – former KCK Mayor Carol Marinovich and State Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-36th Dist.

The event is noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the granting of women the right to vote in the United States.

First proposed in 1878, women known as suffragettes worked peacefully for more than 70 years to gain equal voting rights. Some would try to pass suffrage acts in individual states. Others organized parades, vigils or even hunger strikes.

After President Woodrow Wilson changed his position and started supporting a woman’s right to vote, other politicians soon followed his lead. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law, and since 1972, every president has issued a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day.

“It’s important that we recognize the hard work it took to win the right to vote and continue to work diligently on the issues and inequities that women still face today,” said Jennifer Gieschen, coordinator of Women and Gender Advocacy at KCKCC.

Marinovich was the first woman elected mayor of KCK and was instrumental in the creation of the Village West retail and entertainment development, which helped to bring more than 4,000 new jobs to Wyandotte County.

She was named the 2005 Outstanding Kansas Citian and received both the Community Leadership Award from the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Service National Network and the Mayor of the Year Award from the Kansas Mayors Association. She spent 10 years as mayor of KCK.

Rep. Wolfe Moore represents the 36th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and has worked as a business director and assistant to the CEO at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

KCKCC’s Women’s Equality Day event is co-hosted by Women and Gender Advocacy, the Counseling and Advocacy Center, the American Association of University Women, the AAUW Student Chapter and the Intercultural Center.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jennifer Gieschen at gieschen@kckcc.edu or 913-288-7193.