Civil War Speaker Series: Tom Rafiner


Author Tom Rafilner will speak at the Jesse James Farm& Museum on Sunday, April 1st at 2:00 pm. 

tomrafiner.jpgTom Rafiner is an independent researcher and historian. He currently lives in Parkville, Missouri, but was raised in Raytown, Missouri. Tom's ancestral roots in Jackson County, Missouri, stretch as far back as 1831.  While conducting family research, he found relatives who lived in Cass County, Missouri, during the Civil War.  Tom's ancestors, the Samuel Parsons family, were driven from the county in 1863.  Natural curiosity about Order No. 11 and questions about the fate of Cass County families soon became an all-consuming passion.
Three fires raged around and through the families of Cass County during the Civil War in Missouri.  For the Kansas-Missouri border, this was the undying Border War.  Although little is known about Order No. 11 in the public eye, the conflict in the three-county border area was bad enough that the area came to be known as "the burnt district."  The three fires of Unionism, Secessionism, and the undying Border War resulted in destruction for this area and these families.  You will find these stories and more in Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County MO, Chaos, and Order No. 11. To learn more about Tom & his work, click here
The speaker’s event is free. Regular admission fees apply for James Farm tours.
Sponsored by Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites & Tourism

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