Lunch & Learn will feature “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown”

September 28, 2016

Lunch & Learn will feature “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown”

Fort Scott, Kan.––The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College will host “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” a presentation and discussion by Phil S. Dixon on October 20 at 12:00 pm at 2108 S. Horton in Fort Scott. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.


“We have had several ‘Lunch & Learn’ presentations and they are well-attended. It’s at noon so that working people can take their lunch hour to come out and hear this presentation,” said Jill Warford, Gordon Parks Museum Director. “We encourage people to bring their lunch with them. We will have drinks and dessert available.”


Dixon’s visit, which will include information about the Monarchs playing in Fort Scott, is a tribute tour that includes sports history with a 30-45 minute PowerPoint presentation featuring historic photographs, entertaining stories, and colorful baseball poetry. He will also have some of his books for sale after the presentation.


Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball—not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.


Phil S. Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed over 500 former Negro League players and family members.


“The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.


For more information about “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” Lunch & Learn presentation, contact the Gordon Parks Museum at 620-223-2700, ext. 5850 or email