Novel Structure

Mark Bouton discussing the structure of a novel at the Tallgrass Writing Workshop in Emporia, Kansas.

Clark Bruster letter from 1917

The Kansas Historical Society posted this and gave permission for it to be used here.

Clark Bruster was a soldier in training at Fort Riley on this day in 1917. In a letter to his family in New York he described the cavalry school. “There was just 500 Cavalry men in our bunch and we are all housed in the riding school. It is some building, when you can set 500 cots on the floor and leave an isle between each row. The floor is covered with sawdust 4 or 5 inches thick so we do not get dirty at all.” Bruster survived his time during World War I and returned to his native New York.

Parachutes in the Korean War

Sueann Good of Hendron, Kentucky, shared these photos. She says she got the photos when her father died. She believes her Uncle Vernon was a photographer for the army and took them. She says they are from the Korean War.

There's quite an amazing story in the handwriting!

Wage and Tax Statement Form from 1938

The children of Loretta Anderhalter shared this. It's a page from their mother's High School Diary. She graduated in 1937. Thanks to Roy Beckemeyer and his sisters for sharing. He can be contacted at

Caitlin's Car

Caitlin Doornbos had this note left on her car in an Orlando parking lot. Those University of Kansas folks find each other!

Sharon's Birthday

Terry McLaughlin posted this photo for his big sister Sharon's birthday. She was being held by their dad Bill. Their mother Ruth wrote on the back.