The Independence Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 12, on the fourth floor of the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence.

Local historian Ted Stillwell, writer of a weekly local history column in The Examiner and owner of “The Blue and Gray Bookstore” in the Emporium on the Square, will be the featured speaker. The 16 springs of fresh water established Independence where it is today. Ted will talk about The Big Spring, the term the Kanza and Osage Indians gave to our area. What happened to that spring – and all the others? Not only will Indians and fur traders be mentioned, but the Bunyard Greenhouse as well as the Cairnes Greenhouse. Plants and water – that’s what makes Independence beautiful.

You're invited to join them for an evening of fellowship, education and good food.