Kansas Author Robert Collins

Robert Collins County Seat Conflicts coverKansas Author Robert Collins will be in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, July 21, 2013 to talk about his newest book Kansas County Seat Conflicts as well as his other writing including Ghost Railroads of Kansas.

Since the establishment of Kansas Territory in 1855 well into the Twentieth Century, communities have fought over the privilege of being named the county seat. Over 60 of the state’s 105 counties have seen some attempt, successful or not, to move the county seat from first designated site. Some have been brief, like the two-month effort in Reno County. Some have been long, like the eight-decade struggle over the seat of Logan County. And some have become notorious for their violence, like the battle between Woodsdale and Hugoton in Stevens County.  The struggle in Shawnee County was bitter but not violent.

Kansas County Seat Conflicts recounts all the fights that author Robert Collins was able to document and research. There are fascinating period newspaper accounts, as well as analysis on the causes of these fights. Collins also considers what lessons can be drawn from these many and varied conflicts. This book also contains maps of the counties mentioned.

Robert Collins is the author of numerous nonfiction works. His most recent historical work is Kansas County Seat Conflicts published in January, 2013.  His book, Jim Lane: Scoundrel, Statesman, Kansan, published in 2007 by Pelican, was a finalist for biography of the year as voted by the Society of Midland Authors.  Pelican released his biography of a Kansas Civil War general in 2005.  He has had six railroad books published by South Platte Press, including Kansas Railroad Attractions and Ghost Railroads of Kansas.  He has sold dozens of articles to periodicals such as Working Writer; Wild West; Chronicle of the Old West; and Territorial Magazine.

Mr. Collins is also the author of the science-fiction novel Monitor, published in 2010 by Whiskey Creek Press.  Lisa’s Way is the second novel of his to have been published.  His first novel, Expert Assistance, came out in 2007. He has sold over 85 short science-fiction and fantasy stories to magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine; Tales of the Talisman; Space Westerns; The Fifth Di…; and Sorcerous Signals.  In 2009 he self-published a short-story collection, The Sagas of Surgard.

Mr. Collins is a member of the Kansas Center for the Book, the Society of Midland Authors, and the Butler County Historical Society.

Books available for sale & signing after the talk.  For more information please call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.

*Book and Biographical information supplied by the author.

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room/Genealogy. Her start at TSCPL came as a genealogy researcher soon after the Baker Genealogy Center opened in November 2007. In early 2009, she became a Genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at TSCPL. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December 2011. One of her favorite times of year is when the Topeka Room is decked out for the holidays.