CIMARRON — On Saturday, Aug. 3, author Dr. James Kenyon will visit the Cimarron City Library at 11 a.m.
According to Cimarron City Library director Candis Hemel, Kenyon has written a book, "Golden Rule Days," which chronicles the stories of 109 Kansas high schools which have closed throughout the years.
"He collected stories from student alumni of these closed high schools as he traveled through every county in the state, documenting the 109 institutions, including Ensign," Hemel said. "Kenyon consulted county historical records as well as interviewing former students and teachers, culminating in unique school profiles that include information from the growth of school classes and programs to songs and traditions."
A graduate of Kansas State University, Kenyon was born and raised on a third-generation family grain and livestock farm near the town of Bogue, Kansas. He is a 35-year veterinarian with a mixed animal practice in Iowa and a veterinarian for the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska.
His first book, "A Cow for College," through Meadowlark Books, was selected as the 2018 Martin Kansas History Book Award winner.
"Author-detective-explorer-historian James Kenyon has created a treasure trove of memories and discoveries about hometown high schools now lost to school consolidation and unification," said Dave Webb, co-author of "999 Kansas Characters: Ad Astra," a 2015 Kansas Notable Book, in a news release.
"In a dozen trips over 15 months to his home state, Kenyon uncovered fascinating facts, photographs and anecdotes about high schools in every Kansas county that have been lost to history," Webb said.
Kenyon will have books for sale and will sign autographs during his visit. Refreshments will be served.
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