Captain Osborn’s Legacy in Kansas History

Join author Patsy Redden on Tuesday, January 24, 7-8pm in the Library’s Marvin Auditorium (101B) for a lively program about Kansas History.

The true story of the life of Russell Scott Osborn, Civil War soldier, stonemason, Congregational minister, and Populist Party leader who was elected Kansas Secretary of State, therefore becoming an integral part of the Legislative War of 1893.  Compiled from his own diaries and writings, Captain Osborn’s Legacy is that rare account that captures a period of Kansas and Western history largely overlooked until now.

A 2005 family reunion led Osborn’s great-great-granddaughter Patsy L. Redden to become not only aware of the accomplishments of her ancestor but also of the available primary material with which his story could be properly told.

“I have been discovering them [Russell and Sabrina Osborn] as real people who had needs, faults, and values, linking them to all other humans. They faced the common human dilemma in a world where dreams and goals do not always have the desired end results. While Russell and Sabrina were living their lives filled with adventure, hardships, successes, and even failures . . . they did not realize what a legacy they would be leaving.” – From the Introduction by Patsy L. Redden.

Valuable as a social and historical record, Captain Osborn’s Legacy is excellent scholarly writing presented in a personable style.

A book signing will follow the author talk.

(Note:  background & book information provided by the publisher)

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.