Topics: local history, storytelling, architecture, historic preservation, and urban development.
Fee Range: $150 per speaking event
Contact Details: Please provide 2 week advance notice. Minimum of 2 days notice for emergency speaker situations.
Representative speaking topics include: Take a bold new look at Topeka through the untold stories of the city's historic buildings and the intriguing people who built them. From the iconic Kansas statehouse and reaction-inspiring Docking Building, to the neighborhood grocery store and drive-thru, Topeka has a fascinating history. Hear about the courtroom that changed American history. Learn about the small gas station that, according to legend, was once robbed by the notorious Bonnie & Clyde. How did social and economic forces shape the city? What buildings remain, and what has been lost? The presentation will explore new ways of appreciating and preserving the city's rich architectural heritage.
This hour-long event will include a 45-minute Powerpoint presentation addressing the general history of Topeka and profiling several historic buildings. Stories will include building construction, social circumstances, and the interesting people involved. The presentation will be followed by a 15-min question & answer session. Participants are welcome to share their knowledge and stories. The presentation can be tailored to specific neighborhoods or themes.
Organizations he’s worked with in the past include:
Kansas Museums Association
Topeka-Shawnee County Library
Shawnee County Historical Society
Kansas State Historic Preservation Office
and the Topeka Landmarks Commission
Murl has worked in the history field for over 15 years. He has a bachelor's degree in History from Kansas State University, and a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas. Murl worked as an Assistant Curator at the Kansas Historical Society for ten years. He currently works as the Director of Grants at Humanities Kansas, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Murl served as a mayoral appointee to the Topeka Landmarks Commission and was selected as chair for one term. As a volunteer, he conducts surveys for the Kansas Historic Resources Inventory database.