Dr. Jeremy Neely, an assistant professor in Missouri State University’s History Department, will give the second presentation of the annual Sherwood Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Corley Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University.

Neely will speak on Robert Van Horn and ideas of loyalty and freedom among people living in the Missouri-Kansas border region.

Presented by the Sherwood/Rader Farm Park Inc. and hosted by Missouri Southern, the series is an opportunity to learn more about the Civil War and its legacies. The series will conclude with a presentation by Jennifer M. Murray from Oklahoma State University on Feb. 24.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Sherwood / Rader Farm Park commemorates the May 19, 1863, engagement between African American soldiers of the First Kansas Colored Infantry and Confederate guerrillas, in which the Union soldiers were ambushed and killed. The park is located at the intersection of Peace Church and Fountain Roads in Jasper County.