Title: Wichita's Lebanese Heritage
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: The Cathedral Messenger
Date: January 2010 Issue
Wichita's Lebanese Heritage, a photographic history tracing Lebanese immigration, faith, family life, and entrepreneurship from 1895 to the present, will be published by Arcadia Press in January. Written by WSU Professor Jay M. Price, Victoria Sherry, and Matthew Namee, the book features more than 200 photographs, many of them contributed by St. George parishioners. Eighth Day Books will offer copies of the book for sale after liturgy on January 17, with proceeds benefiting St. George and St. Mary. Look for more details in next month's Messenger.
Title: New Book Features 'Wichita's Lebanese Heritage'
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: East Wichita News
Date: January 2010
Wichita's Lebanese community is featured in a pictorial
history by local authors Jay Price, Victoria Sherry, and Matthew Namee. The book, Wichita's Lebanese Heritage traces the emigration of Middle Eastern Christians who arrived in the 1890's identifying themselves as Syrians, and operated as peddlers across southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
Readers will learn about the establishment of the Delano neighborhood, Lebanese and Mediterranean food, entrepreneurial heritage that led to wholesale, grocery, and real estate professions, along with ethnic, cultural,
and religious traditions that have become part of the Wichita story.
Published by Arcadia Publishing, a leading publisher of regional history in the United States, the book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line retailers.
Wichita's Lebanese Heritage is available this month and sells for $21.99. Meet the authors in a book signing Saturday, January 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 8021 E. Kellogg Drive.
Title: Lebanese Culture Influences Wichita Community
Author: Susan Peters
Publisher: KAKE-ABC News 10
Believe it or not, much of Wichita's history can be traced back to Lebanese descendants.
That's what a Wichita State professor found out during research for a new book, titled, "Wichita's Lebanese Heritage."
Jay Price said the inspiration behind the book can be found on the WSU campus.
"Well when you're at Wichita State and you go to Ablah Library and Jabara Hall, it was even in that this is a community that is so important to wichita and its story and it deserves to be told," Price said.
The book chronicles the lives of Lebanese decedents in Wichita, who today continues to be a driving force in the community. Such names include the Jabaras, the Farhas and Stevens.
"What's most amazing to me is that my friends who move to wichita are always shocked by the number of Lebanese people here," Joan Farha said. She said the new book can now answer questions why the Lebanese descended on Wichita.
The first Lebanese in Wichita were peddlers selling everything from clothing to tobacco. Even Rolling Hills Country Club was founded by two Lebanese businessmen after the Wichita Country Club barred Lebanese members.
Victoria Foth Sherry, co-author of "Wichita's Lebanese Heritage," said there is no part of the Wichita community that is not Influenced by Lebanese families.
The book is available at Eighth Day books and other Wichita bookstores.