Author Lana Wirt Myers will talk about the research behind her new book, “The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War Soldier,” 2 p.m. Sunday at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa.

In 1854, recent English immigrant Reuben Smith arrived in the U.S. and worked his way west, eventually settling in the Kansas Territory. He witnessed the bloody Border Wars, served as a soldier, officer, and spy in the Civil War, was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, and was steward for the Kansas State Insane Asylum. Throughout his life, he captured his observations of the world around him in vivid journals, which Myers sets into context with commentary and notes in this new book.

Myers has been a freelance writer for more than 30 years, including seven years as a weekly newspaper columnist. Her book, “The Life and Poetry of May Williams Ward” was named a 2011 Kansas Notable Book. She lives in Newton.

The Franklin County Historical Society program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, call (785) 242-1250.