KINSLEY — A new series will be coming to the Kinsley Library with four sessions beginning Jan. 14.

The series will be World War I and America and will have sessions run on Sunday's from 2 to 5 p.m. that will take place on Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15 after its first session.

"The series will explore the transformative impact of the First World War through presentations, discussion and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand," Kinsley Library director Joan Weaver said in a press release. "A special invitation is extended to veterans of more recent wars to attend and bring their experiences to bare on war and its effects."

The scholar of the series will be former Dodge City Community College history professor Larry Burke.

Burke graduated from the University of Kansas in 1962 and also served in Vietnam from 1966-67 as an officer in the US Army as an Army Ranger.

Burke then taught at DCCC for 43 years.

"He had a distinguished military career, earning two Bronze Stars and other medals," Weaver said. "He has received numerous academic awards, published book reviews in the "Journal of Military History", and wrote a short story entitled "Quon Loi" which won him recognition and was published by "Vietnam Generation Journal" and "Kansas Voices."

Burke will begin the presentation with an overview of the war starting with the Austria Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.

There will also be a display of combat-related artifacts from World War I along with a conversation with John Musgrave.

Musgrave was recently seen in the The Vietnam War documentary that ran on PBS from filmmaker Ken Burns.

There is also an online anthology of World War I writings that can be viewed at

"The public is also invited to follow the library blog to get the news of the home front through the local Edwards County newspapers of 100 years ago," Weaver said. "This series is being funded by an initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and additional support from the Kansas Humanities Council."

For more information visit the Kinsley Library website at or visit the library in-person at 208 E. 8th St., or call 620-659-3341.

For those interested in attending the series, register to attend by calling the library or on the Kinsley Library website.

The series is open to the public and free to attend.

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