Apple, Cherry, and Oatmeal Pecan pies were the popular accompaniment to the Manhattan Barefoot Dixieland Band Sunday. The Riley County Genealogical Society hosted a lawn party. President Ginny Petersen explains. Listen here:
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Petersen says they have mainly Riley County records but also have records for six other local counties. They also assist in research for those without local ties. They have access to multiple online genealogical programs for the entire United States. One of their subscriptions includes worldwide research access.
About 100 people attended the 3rd annual Pie Party, filling their yard with lawn chairs to enjoy the band performing on the porch of the Society’s house. Part-time Manhattan resident Pastor Clint Firstbrook III, from Minnesota, was in attendance. A few years ago, Firstbrook found a book from New Jersey at the Riley County site.  In that book, Firstbrook found information about his relative Daniel Gard, leading him to learn about Gard’s adventurous life. Firstbrook says, he and his daughter also enjoy the events hosted by the Genealogical Society. Listen here: 
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The annual membership fee is $30. For more information, go to: Read about Daniel Gard’s interesting life here: