It’s a busy month for the humanities in Kansas! The number of innovative events and inspiring conversations give Kansans plenty to be thankful for this November. Here’s a sampling of events taking place today and tomorrow:
El Dorado: Archives Open House
The Butler County History Center recently cataloged and indexed documents in their collection, with the support of a KHC Heritage grant, to make them more accessible to researchers and community members. Tonight, the public is invited to an open house and a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and collection storage. 6-8 PM, November 14th. Click here for details.
The Lawrence Public Library hosts an evening with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas, at the Cider Gallery. Townley will present “Coming Home to Poetry” and music will be provided by the Lawrence Free State High School Orchestra Gig Group. 7:00 PM on November 14th. Click here for details.
St. John: Foam on the Range
As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers set up their mash tuns and wort kettles when making beer was still an art and state prohibition a bemusing notion. A reassuring fixture in German enclaves, Kansas’s 90+ breweries fueled social events and made brewers one of the most influential citizens in town. Join Cindy Higgins at the Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library for her “Kansas Brewers and Breweries” Speakers Bureau presentation and discover these brewers of early Kansas, German social customs, livelihood loss, and the emergence of artisan brewing today. 7:00 PM on November 14th. Click here for more information.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a panel of experts, including historians Gretchen Eick of Friends University and Robert Weems of Wichita State University, will discuss the documentary “Slavery by Another Name” at The Kansas African American Museum. This event is part of the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 6:00 PM on November 15th. Click here for details.
There are many more humanities events taking place this week and throughout November. Click here for the full KHC calendar of events.