James Kenyon might be the country’s foremost authority on rural Kansas high schools. Kenyon is the author of “Golden Rule Days,” a collection of histories and memories of 109 communities and closed high schools in Kansas. He shared some of those stories at the Emporia Public Library on Saturday afternoon.

A native of Kansas, Kenyon grew up on a third-generation grain and livestock farm near the small town of Bogue, Kan., population 300. His graduating class at Bogue High School — closed in 1978 due to unification — consisted of six people. He went on to become a veterinarian and moved to Iowa where he has lived for the past 45 years.

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