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“Find your house and the people who lived there”

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Smoky Hill Museum

The next First Thursday event at the Smoky Hill Museum will look at how to determine who lived in your house before you.

The Smoky Hill Museum will host Finding your home and the people who lived there Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Join Diana Staresinic-Deane as she shines a light on local resources, shares creative ways to study documents, and gathers relevant stories from maps, deeds, journals, and often unresearched or unknown resources.

The presentation will be offered in person at the museum, 211 W. Iron Avenue and via Zoom. To watch via Zoom, register at

Searching for a property, whether it’s an old house, a new business, or part of a pasture, can do more than tell us the story of a space. It can also establish a human connection with the people who came before us and the times in which they lived.

This presentation is ideal for those new to family and community histories, and helpful for those stuck at a dead end. Staresinic-Deane is the executive director of the Franklin County Historical Society and the Old Depot Museum in Ottawa.

Finding your home and the people who lived there is part of the Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau, which offers humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

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