Forty and Fabulous

Throughout the month of November, KHC tweeted “40 Reasons to be Thankful for the Humanities in Kansas” on Twitter in honor of our fall fundraising campaign and our 40th anniversary.

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1. Turning local stories, like KCK’s Strugglers Hill, into a short film.
2. TALK book discussions in Newton since 1996.
3.  The Kinsley Library’s inspiring oral history projects to preserve community history.
4. Bringing “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian exhibit to six Kansas communities.
5. The new Kansas Town Hall partnership with the Eisenhower Library.
6. Preserving thousands of glass plate negatives in Stafford.
7. Humanities and Heritage grant projects across the state.
8. Reader’s theater brings the Shared Stories of the Civil War on the KS-MO border to life.
9. Exploring work in rural Kansas in “The Way We Worked in Morton County” exhibit and programs.
10. Documenting changes in Kansas working life through the Boeing Oral History project.
11. “Harvesting the High Plains” documentary film based on the book by historian Craig Miner.
12. Over 50 “The Way We Worked” Speakers Bureau topics exploring work in Kansas and how these stories define us.
13. We think this little ditty says it all.
14. TALK book discussions, like “Best of the West” series at Basehor Community Library.
15. Ideas exchanged at the 618 humanities events in 126 Kansas communities in 2011.
16. “KHC developed my desire to be a lifelong learner.” —Sr. Mary Collins.
17. Speakers Bureau events, like Matthew Thompson’s talk about German POWs in Kansas on 11/11 in Lawrence.
18. WWII veterans stories preserved by KHC Heritage grant in Hodgeman County.
19. Short films that tell local stories and promote community dialogue.
20. Bringing cultures together at the Kansas City Chinese film festival.
21. Exploring Eudora’s African American community as part of “The Way We Worked in Kansas” initiative.
22. Lots of “Food for Thought” at the TALK book discussion in Glasco.
23. Farmers talking about the way they worked in Liberal.
24. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gordon Parks’ birth at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita.
25. Reflections on memory at a TALK book discussion in Ottawa.
26. KHC’s TALK partnership with the Northwest Kansas Library System.
27. Biscuits and Bison: exploring food heritage in Manhattan.
28. Virgil Dean’s look at the way we work in Kansas.
29. “For rural Kansans, KHC is a solution waiting to happen.” — Joan Nothern.
30. Grants to preserve the history of a recent Kansas ghost town.
31. The Poet Laureate of Kansas‘ new home at KHC.
32. All the people who choose to get involved with humanities projects.
33. TALKing about contemporary immigration through literature in Council Grove.
34. Community discussion in Lawrence about Quantrill’s Raid supported by a KHC grant.
35. Short film featuring the story of basketball’s original “Dream Team.”
36. Exploring the way women in the West worked in Hugoton.
37. Exploring the indigenous people of Kansas on Sunflower Journeys.
38. Grant for photo documentary project of working in Blue Rapids, Kansas.
39. Dedicated Kansans who serve on KHC Board of Directors.
40. KHC’s Friends of the Humanities, who make humanities in Kansas possible.