Hall Center For The Humanities


Sandra Swanson Wiechert

Traveling the Silk Road in Asia
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Fri., Mar. 7, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts

The Silk Road is a trading route in Asia that has existed for hundreds of years. It gets its name from the lucrative silk trade moving cloth from East to West along the route. In October- November 2013 local historian and writer, Sandra Wiechert, traveled the Silk Road for about 3 weeks. Through slide presentation and narration Sandra will take us with her on this incredibly interesting adventure with some unexpected Kansas connections along the way.

Sandra Swanson Wiechert was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. Her father was active with UNESCO projects there, and perhaps it was from these that she developed her interest in international cultures, leading to a love of travel. While studying elementary education and later frontier American history at Kansas State University, she met her future husband, Allen Wiechert, an architecture student from Independence KS. The Wiecherts moved to Lawrence in 1969 when Allen became University Architect for KU. They have now been married over 52 years. Sandra is a charter member of the Oregon-California Trails Assn and a past president of the KU Endacott Society. Her book, 'Historic Mount Oread: A Collection of KU Landmarks' was published in 1999. She and her husband Allen are active in the Historic Mount Oread Friends.

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