"FROM MISSIONARY TO MURDER: A VISIT WITH THE JOHNSON'S"
On the lawn at the Tennant-Baker House
Historical Interpreters George and Diane Bernheimer bring their imaginative presentation in the personas of the Reverend Thomas and Sarah Johnson to the Tennant-Baker House in Troy on June 30, at 6:30pm. The Johnson's, married in Missouri just before Thomas' assignment as a missionary to the Shawnee Indians in 1830, would begin to raise a family in relative peace on the western frontier before being taken up in church schism, the politics of "Bleeding Kansas", and family tragedy in the Civil War.
The Bernheimer's are independent historical researchers living in Topeka, Kansas. First becoming involved in Civil War research and reenacting in 1995, they later developed a keen interest in the people and times of the Kansas Territorial era of 1854 to 1861. George says that "we research and introduce our audiences to usually lesser known individuals of our history that had an impact in their time. The Johnson's are an example. You're likely familiar with the name, but you're not sure why." The Bernheimer's are members of the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historic Performers, Volunteers In Parks (National Park Service), and the Shawnee County Historical Society. George is the current Vice President of the SCHS and Diane serves on the board of the Blackjack Battlefield and Nature Park.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us for an evening of entertaining history on the lawn of the Tennant-Baker House on the Square in Troy. Special thanks to the Historical Society for letting us use the space. For additional information call Becky Etherton, Library District #1 Doniphan, Co at 785 985-2597.