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Anne Hawkins

History comes to light . . .
            . . . in a visit from Topeka abolitionist, Mary Jane Ritchie.


"Mary Jane Ritchie and the Underground Railroad in Bleeding Kansas" is one of four historical programs available. Choose also to learn about the Ritchies' much-ridiculed work for equal rights and suffrage in Kansas--with the help of their guests, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton--in "Mary Jane Ritchies Votes For Women!" Find out why the Ritchies made land gifts to a Topeka college and to Kansas' African American pioneers, in "Mary Jane Ritchie and the Promised Land." Or visit with Mrs. Ritchie at the Historic Ritchie House in Topeka, in "At Home on the Range with Mary Jane." Programs are suitable for 3rd graders to adults, and include up to a 35-minute historical performance, followed by an audience interaction session with Anne Hawkins taking questions both in character as the historical Mrs. Ritchie, and as an historian.

Audience: 3rd grade through adult
Length: 20-60 minutes
Fees: reasonable
Contact information:
Anne Hawkins
(785) 230-2102

 About the Presenter:

AnnA native Kansan, Anne Hawkins has a masters degree in history from the University of Kansas.  She taught U.S. history at Washburn University, youth summer classes at the Kansas Museum of History, and a variety of enrichment sessions for Lawrence Virtual School students in northeast Kansas.  She worked several years for the Kansas State Historical Society, served as co-coordinator for the Kansas History Day state program for youths in grades 5-12, judged at National History Day, and published several articles on state history in Kansas Kaleidoscope magazine.  Her historical study of black Kansans in agriculture appeared in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. 

Anne has presented a number of historical programs and scholarly papers
throughout the Midwest. She is a member of the Kansas Alliance of
Professional Historical Performers. Anne donates a portion of performance proceeds to the Historic Ritchie House in Topeka, Kansas (http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/ritchie/education/education.htm),
and to Free the Slaves, an international organization dedicated to
abolishing slavery today worldwide (www.freetheslaves.net).

For more information, or to schedule a program, contact:
Anne Hawkins, historian & educator:  apwhawkins@att.net.

    Anne Hawkins
    Topeka, KS  apwhawkins@att.net
    (785) 230-2102 

    "Underground Railroad in Bleeding Kansas" (~1860)
    "Votes and Rights for All in Kansas" (~1871)
    "Hoeing Their Own Row: African American Farmers and 'Exodusters' in Kansas"
    "Mary Jane Ritchie at Home" at the Ritchie House in Topeka

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