Miner inspired, informed

Craig Miner, who died this week at age 65, didn't just write about the past. His books on Kansas history told us about who we are today.

"He helped define Kansas' understanding of itself for a whole generation and for Wichita," said Jay Price, director of the public history program at Wichita State University.

Dr. Miner, the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History and past chairman of the history department at WSU, wrote more than 40 books covering topics ranging from pioneer stories to oil and entrepreneurship. His latest book, "A Most Magnificent Machine: America Adopts the Railroad, 1825-1862," comes out in five weeks.

"Kansans have lost someone who spent a magnificent lifetime in explaining where we live, who we are and how we fit into the world," said Fred Woodward, director of the University Press of Kansas.

Fortunately, Dr. Miner's books remain, and will continue to inspire and inform for years to come.