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2015 Conference Registration

James-Younger Gang – 22nd Annual Conference

October 1, 2 & 3, 2015 in Kearney, Missouri

Registration Form

$89.00 per person, includes all three days, events and banquet.

_____ $89 Full Conference _____ $20 Thursday only

_____ $60 Friday only _____ $40 Saturday only

Total Enclosed $__________

Thursday, Oct. 1

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Welcome BBQ poolside at the Super 8, Kearney.

7 p.m. Special program.

8:45 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Super 8 for our bus trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas

City, the Liberty Bank Museum and the James County Mercantile.

Dinner on your own.

Saturday, Oct. 3

A day at the James Farm.

6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Banquet at JJ’s Homestead Restaurant in Kearney.

7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Brian Ivlow, “Guns of the Civil War”.

Please send in registration by August 31, 2015

Make check or money order payable to: James-Younger Gang

Send registration with payment to: Paul Nelson

2110 Richway Lane

Owatonna, MN


Reserve rooms before August 31, 2015 at the Super 8, Kearney. Mention the James-Younger Gang and re-
ceive a reduced rate. Super 8 Motel, 210 Platte Clay Way, Kearney, MO. Phone: 1-816-628-6800.

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2015 annual conference info-

It’s time to return to the beginning of the JAMES story – the 2015 annual conference will be in Kearney, Mo.

Join us as we get up close and personal with the James Family story in Kearney, Missouri!  Learn about Frank and Jesse’s unique place in time and what contributed to their lives as outlaws.  October 1, 2, & 3 2015.

The conference usually costs @$80 per person and includes all the entrance fees, speakers, comfy bus transportation tour and the annual banquet.

Special James/Younger Gang rates are available at the Super 8 in Kearney call 816.628.6800 be sure to mention the JYG to get the special rate.

The more attendees the more fun and for everyone!

Included in the conference:

*Tour of the James Farm Museum

* Visit Jesse& Zee’s grave and possibly the Younger Brothers and Frank James too.

*Learn more about the  James family.

* Learn about the Pinkerton Raid that maimed Jesse’s mother and killed his half brother.

*Learn about early photographic techniques and a behind the scenes tour of  the  “Outlaws & Gangsters” exhibit at the  Nelson-Atkins Museum which houses the Hallmark 19th Century  Photographic collection.

* Visit the Liberty Bank where the first daylight bank robbery was attempted– by “you know who.”

*Learn about period clothing  for  soldiers and everyday people in the 1860-80’s

*Learn about Civil War period fire arms with Brian Ivlow’s talk at the annual banquet.

* Meet others from across the country who are interested in the James/Younger story.

*See where the story that ends in Northfield started in Kearney!

For more information or details please email Kathy Ness




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2014 Annual Conference Info!

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2015 Conference Registration

James-Younger Gang 22nd Annual Meeting October, 1-3, 2015

Kearney, Missouri  Registration Form

$89 per person, includes all three days and all events, including banquet.

_____ $89 FULL conference

_____$20 Thursday only

_____$60 Friday only

_____$40 Saturday only

Total Enclosed $_____

Please send in registration by August 31, 2015

Please send check or money order to:

Kathy Ness, 743 Lincoln St. North, Northfield MN, 55057

Please direct any questions to: Kathy Ness, Vice-President, James-Younger Gang 507-581-9600

Reserve rooms before August 15, 2015 at the Kearney Super 8 Motel . For the special room rates  including breakfast. Mention the James-Younger Gang and receive this reduced rate. Kearney, Missour Super 8 210 Platte Clay Way, I-35 & Hwy 92, Kearney, MO 64060  call 1-816-628-6800


Please make your reservation prior to August 15 or your room rate will be considerably higher.

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October’s conference update!

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The conference committee just returned from visiting the warm and friendly folks in Ft. Smith! The elements of the 2014 conference are falling into place- we will have a great lineup! Check back here for more info.

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2014 Conference is set for Ft. Smith, Arkansas!

The planning committee has made some interesting contacts with the folks in the Ft. Smith area. The conference will be in October due to Ft. Smith hosting the Oklahoma/Arkansas States Fair during the last 10 days of September.

The dates are: Thursday, Oct. 2 finishing with a dinner/banquet on Saturday evening Oct. 4.James younger FT smith


Hotels and more details will be announced in February.


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Northfield Historical Society to display famous firearm

Wheeler Gun Install

Northfield Historical Society Executive Director, Hayes Scriven installs the Henry Wheeler carbine into its display case

This summer the Northfield Historical Society will display one of the most important artifacts from the 1876 robbery attempt by the James-Younger Gang: the rifle that Henry Wheeler used to defend the First National Bank of Northfield. The weapon — a .50 caliber Smith carbine — is on loan from owners Gerry Groenewold and Connie Triplett and will be on display in the museum starting June 25.

“This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen” stated Hayes Scriven, NHS executive director.  “We have so many artifacts from the James-Younger Gang members, but little that represents the town’s defense of the failed 1876 raid.”

“We care greatly about historic preservation,” explains Groenewold. “Over the years our collecting interests have focused on artifacts having verifiable historic significance. Accordingly, we feel an obligation to allow the public to see these artifacts and learn from the stories they tell.

Along with the rifle, NHS will be displaying the Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver that Wheeler carried in his back pocket after the family of Clell Miller threatened his life, since he had shot and killed Miller during the raid. A gold pocket watch the First National Bank presented to Wheeler for his efforts in defending the bank also will be on display.

“All of the artifacts are in good condition and will be a great addition to our bank raid exhibit this summer,” says Cathy Osterman, NHS curator.

‘One of those moments’

The museum also will display some items relating to Wheeler from their collection that have not previously been displayed, including an unpublished photo of Wheeler recently discovered by Ariel Butler, manager of the Northfield History Collaborative Project. The image seems to be of Wheeler around the age when he was attending Carleton College.

Scriven says he was speechless when Butler first showed him the photo. “That was one of those moments when you first see an item and you can’t believe what you’ve just found,” he says.

Watch Install

Northfield Historical Society Curator, Cathy Osterman installs Henry Wheeler’s gold watch.

Also on display will be the actual glass plate negative taken by Ira Sumner of the dead Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell that was donated to NHS in 2009 by Benjamin Nystuen, a Colorado resident who grew up in Northfield. Scriven believes the negative to be the first photo taken of the dead raiders.

The artifacts will be on display June 25–September 30. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 1–6 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children (6–12).

NHS is located in historic downtown Northfield at 408 Division Street. Visit for more information.

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