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July 9, 2019

K-State partner course about Willows Maternity Sanitarium in KC starts July 10

Submitted by Charlene Brownson

In a unique partnership, Kansas State University's UFM Community Learning Center and the University of Kansas Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are offering courses in Manhattan. Willows Maternity Sanitarium, Kansas City and America’s Unwed Mothers will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10, 17 and 24 at Meadowlark Hills. 

In this course, KelLee Parr, author of "Mansion on a Hill: the Story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America," recounts Kansas City's history in the first half of the 20th century as the destination for more than 100,000 pregnant, unwed women arriving to give birth at one of several maternity facilities where the babies then were given for adoption. 

To enroll for courses or for more information, visit osher.ku.edu or call 913-897-8530. Each course costs $50, and members of the KU and K-State alumni associations can claim a $10 per semester discount.

Established in 2004, the Osher Institute offers noncredit enrichment short courses and events specially develop for people 50 and older. In 2010, KU and K-State entered into a historic partnership to bring the Osher program to Manhattan. 

UFM Community Learning Center is a creative educational program serving Kansas State University, Manhattan and communities across Kansas. UFM offers a variety of noncredit and credit classes for all ages and interests. Based on the philosophy that everyone can learn and everyone can teach, UFM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and personal development. UFM serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as a catalyst for new programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all. In addition to the noncredit and credit classes, UFM coordinates several other programs.

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