Tom Rafiner Bio
Tom Rafiner, a Jackson County native, continues his focused and dedicated journey to uncover western Missouri history. For ten years he has researched family and community histories buried in the border conflict and the Civil War. Tom’s first history, Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, Mo., Chaos and Order No. 11, documented previously lost Civil War history. His latest, Cinders and Silence: A Chronicle of Missouri’s Burnt District 1854-1870, tells the story of how three western Missouri border counties plunged from prosperity to devastation and finally, to oblivion between 1854 and 1870. A sought after speaker and storyteller, he has spoken throughout Missouri and Kansas. Tom holds a B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tom is a member of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City.
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