May 28, 2014


May 28, 2014 - meeting
"Cinders & Silence: Order No. 11 and Western Missouri's Burnt District" by Tom Rafiner, author and storyteller

Tom Rafiner
Author and historian
Parkville, MO

Tom Rafiner is an independent researcher, historian, and author.  Tom grew- up  in Jackson County, Mo. and has western Missouri ancestral roots stretching back to 1831. During the Border War and through the Civil War his ancestors felt the angst of the fighting and suffered the pain of refugees under Order No. 11.

Since 2003 Tom has devoted his full energy and passion to recovering the Burnt District’s lost history.  By relentlessly pursuing the stories of individual families and commun- ities, he has brought the historical mosaic of Jackson, Cass, and Bates counties into clearer focus.

The commitment to documented detail has carried Tom to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. five times.  His pursuit of first hand stories has led him throughout the Midwest.

A sought after speaker, storyteller, and historian, Tom has appeared on Public Television and, as a historical consultant, provided material to Midwestern newspapers.

In addition to local presentations in over 40 Missouri and Kansas counties, he has been appeared at the Kenosha, Wisconsin Civil War Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Kansas City Public Library’s “Missouri Valley Series.”  Tom has been the keynote speaker at the Missouri state conventions of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Daughters of Union Veterans.