Deb Southerland

Deb Southerland

Deb has worked at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library since 1995. She has delivered thousands of books to folks around the county through the bookmobile department, presented hundreds of programs to school children, and has presented to a number of community groups and library conferences. Deb likes to say she plays with books and drives big trucks.

Steamboat Arabia: Treasure in a Cornfield!

They went looking for buried treasure and instead developed a life-long commitment and love for the incredible slice of history uncovered! Hear firsthand accounts of the 1850’s sinking of the Great White Steamship Arabia in the Missouri River. Learn the details of its 1980’s resurrection from a Kansas cornfield. Witness the creation of a one-of-a-kind museum to house and preserve the artifacts they so lovingly unearthed. Experience the amazing real-life adventure of a working class Kansas family that through extraordinary effort brought a one of a kind treasure to light.