Humanities Happenings (7/20-7/30)

Beat the heat with KHC-supported events taking place through the end of July. Talk about books in Ashland, ponder postcards in Tonganoxie, and put on your cowboy hats in Abilene.

Ashland: TALK of the Town

Where do book lovers gather to share insights, ideas, and good books? At TALK discussions, of course! Join Dennis Etzel as he leads a Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion of Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker at Ashland Library. July 20th at noon. Click here for details. Not sure what to expect at a TALK discussion? Watch this short film to learn more!

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Tall Tale Exaggerated Postcard

Tonganoxie: Tall Tales

Ever wonder about exaggerated postcards? You know the ones: giant grasshoppers that stop trains in their tracks or ears of corn so big that it takes a saw to cut them in half? Join Erika Nelson as she profiles the creativity of postcard pioneers in “The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard” at the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society. See postcard examples and learn how you can make your own “hopper whopper.” July 23 at 7:00 PM. Click here for details.
Image courtesy of KansasMemory, Kansas Historical Society.

Jim Hoy

Jim Hoy

Abilene: Cattle Boom

Satisfy your inner cowboy or cowgirl with two Speakers Bureau presentations on Kansas cattle history, July 27th at Old Abilene Town. At 10 AM, join Jim Gray as he presents “Frontier Cattle Towns.” Find out what happened when cowboys, cattle buyers, salon keepers, madams, merchants, and settlers came together, and how the relationships formed a national industry. Click here for details.

At 12:30 PM, Jim Hoy explains why cowboy folksongs were more than entertainment on the lonely prairie and how cattle drovers created a musical culture that still appeals to today’s ranchers in “Singing the Cattle North.” Click here for details.

And there’s much more happening throughout the summer. Click here for a full schedule of KHC-sponsored events.