KHC Awards Six Grants

The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded $32,222 in grants to six organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $73,177.

Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola ($5,695)
Keaton, Chaplin, and the ‘Fabulous Fifties’
The annual Keaton Celebration explores humanities topics through the work of legendary comedians Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Susan Raines, project director.

Emporia State University ($6,170)
A Welsh Farmstead: The Story of the Howe Family from 1858
An exhibition and documentary film tell the story of the Howe family, early Welsh settlers in Lyon County. Jim Hoy, project director.

Gray County Veterans Memorial Center, Cimarron ($3,500)
Gray County Korean War Veterans Oral History Project
This project will collect, preserve, and share the stories of Gray County’s Korean War veterans. Kathleen Holt, project director.

Lawrence Arts Center ($9,867)
Kansas 1962: ‘Mad Men,’ the Cold War, Civil Rights Protest, & the Twist
Panel discussions with humanities scholars explore the cultural, political, and social issues of the 1960s at the local and national level. Susan Tate, project director.

McPherson Main Street ($3,490)
History of Local Businesses: Main Street McPherson
This documentary research project documents the history of the buildings and businesses on McPherson’s Main Street. Elisha Beck, project director.

Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society, Wellington ($3,500)
Prairie Letters: Written in Rural Kansas in the Late Nineteenth Century
This project will transcribe and preserve letters written between 1870 and 1898 that shed light on the realities of life for homesteaders in the late 19th century. Elaine Clark, project director.

Ten For Poetry

Ten for Poetry Image

KHC has exceeded our “Ten for Poetry” goal! Thank you to the generous support of Friends of the Humanities for making it happen.

Now, without further adieu, is the complete poem, “Remarks on Poetry and the Physical World,” by Mary Barnard.

After reading Ash Wednesday
she looked once at the baked beans
and fled. Luncheonless, poor girl,
she observed a kind of poetic Lent —
and I had thought I liked poetry
better than she did.

I do. But to me its most endearing
quality is its unsuitableness;
and, conversely, the chief wonder in heaven
(whither I also am sometimes transported)
is the kind of baggage I bring with me.

Surely there is no more exquisite jointure
in the anatomy of life than that at which
poetry dovetails with the inevitable meal
and Mrs. B. sits murmuring of avocados.

We’ve reached our $10,000 goal, but it’s not too late to make your donation to the Poet Laureate of Kansas program:


Click here to donate safely and securely via the Network for Good giving
site. Type “Poet Laureate” in the Designation field.

By Mail

Click here to download a giving form to send to KHC via mail. Write “Poet
Laureate” on the form.



All the Live-Long Day

Santa Fe machinists, 1903

Santa Fe railroad machinists in Ottawa, 1903.

Ottawa, Kans., is a railroad town through and through. Not only did the Santa Fe and the Missouri Pacific railroads pass through town, but the Old Depot Museum is housed in a Santa Fe passenger depot built in 1888. So, it’s only fitting that the museum’s new exhibition is titled Workin’ on the Railroads.

Workin’ on the Railroads explores the lives of the Ottawa residents who worked for the railroads: where they lived, who they were, and how they worked. Visitors to the exhibition will learn about the day-to-day jobs on the railroad, including the job responsibilities of fire knockers and flue borers.

railroad section gang

Mexican American section gang workers at Franklin County’s Richter Station, 1930s.

The exhibition is part of  The Way We Worked in Kansas initiative. Workin’ on the Railroads is on display through May 5, 2013. The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, April 28th.

Photos courtesy of the Franklin County Historical Society.

Poet Laureate of Kansas

poet laureate of kansas logoLater this month — National Poetry Month — KHC will announce the new Poet Laureate, kicking-off our latest way of keeping the humanities available front and center as a public resource for all Kansans. A generous lead gift of $10,000 from Lon Frahm of Colby has gotten us started, but we need your help to match Lon’s gift in support of the Poet Laureate of Kansas.

Raising an additional $10,000 will support poet laureate discussions statewide that are free and open to the public, engaging Kansans in creative and meaningful ways. A gift in any amount is appreciated.

There are two ways to donate to the Poet Laureate program:


Click here to donate safely and securely via the Network for Good giving
site. Type “Poet Laureate” in the Designation field.

By Mail

Click here to download a giving form to send to KHC via mail. Write “Poet
Laureate” on the form.