History buff to present session at Lifelong Learning

March 11, 2013

Categories: General News

Do you know what homesteading is? Former Denver Seminary professor and history buff, Jim Beck, Wakefield, would like to enlighten you with details about it from his recent book, “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Settlement of Union Township, Clay County, Kansas.”

This interesting session is the feature presentation at Lifelong Learning on Friday, March 15 at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Beck’s book provides a mirror for the overall process of how the plains of central and western Kansas were settled during 1854-1894 including railroad and school lands, homesteading, and timber claims. His book explores how 155 settlers obtained their land in the 36 square miles of Union Township.

Before retiring to Kansas, Beck was Senior Professor of Counseling at Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO and a licensed clinical psychologist.

Lifelong Learning is held regularly through the school year according to program director Connie Isaac. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple) payable at the door. Registration allows for optional lunch at discount in the cafeteria after the session.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-5964, or

The next Lifelong Learning will take place on Friday, March 22 and is a make up session featuring Steve Vincent that was scheduled in February and canceled due to the snowstorm.