June 25, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library
1st Infantry Division history began in 1917. Gen. John "Blackjack" Pershing arrived in France with First American Expeditionary Force; the "Fighting First" led the way for American troops in both World Wars. Robert Smith is director of the Fort Riley Museum, and possesses a doctorate in history with numerous published articles on military history.
June 28, 2017, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM @ Manhattan Public Library
Allana Saenger Parker discusses “Summer Outside the City: Eureka Lake Resort”. On this topic, Parker explores colorful history of the Eureka Lake area, which included a resort that attracted tourists from Chicago, fraternal orphanage/elderly home, amusement park and more recently Flint Hills Job Corps. Parker has served as curator of design at Riley County Historical Museum since 2012.A number of objects related to Eureka Lake Resort are part of the new Riley County Historical Society exhibit “Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage” (2309 Claflin Road), open Tuesday through Friday, 2-5 p.m. weekends.