Three eighth-grade students have won an international award for the documentary they produced on Emma Darling Cushman, an American missionary nurse who is credited with saving thousands of Armenian orphans.  The award comes from the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Cushman remained in Turkey after the Great War began, one of few Westerners to do so.

The full story and the video can be seen here:

Congratulations to the Royal Valley students!

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.