Humanities Happenings (2/1-2/4)

From Burroughs to Lincoln to Civil Rights, there’s a lot to love about humanities events in Kansas this February.

Creative Observer: Lawrence

Lawrence was home to William Burroughs, provocative Beat Generation writer and artist, from 1981 until his death in 1997. Bill Tuttle, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Kansas, moderates a panel discussion at the Lawrence Arts Center about Burroughs’ philosophical perspectives, social relevance, and cultural legacy. Panelists include Barry Miles, Burroughs’ biographer; Ira Silverberg, New York literary agent and friend of Burroughs; and James Grauerholz, director of the Burroughs’ estate.
The event supports “The Creative Observer,” a retrospective exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Burroughs’ birth. Februray 1 at 7:00 PM. Click here for details.


Lincoln and the Civil War: Hays

lincoln150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was in the White House and the nation was in the grip of the Civil War. The Hays Public Library explores this dramatic chapter in American history with the exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, the exhibit offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Opening Feburary 1. Click here for details.


abolitionistsCreated Equal: Atchison

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Atchison Public Library will discuss the documentary film, The Abolitionists.  The discussion will be facilitated by historian Anne Hawkins. The “Created Equal” film discussions are made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its “Bridging Cultures” initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. February 4th at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.

More KHC-supported events are taking place throughout Kansas this February. Click here for the KHC Calendar of Events.

Humanities Happenings (1/25-1/29)

Kansas Day is January 29th. Commemorate the 153rd anniversary of Kansas statehood with KHC-sponsored events exploring the history, people, and places of the Sunflower State.

On the Screen: Haysville, Smith Center, and Wichita

RTV Poster 2 copyKansas stories are on the big and small screen this weekend. Screenings of The Road to Valhalla: Civil War on the Border will take place at the Center Theater in Smith Center on January 25th and January 26th and the Haysville Community Library on January 25th. The documentary film tells the gripping story of continued conflict on the Kansas-Missouri border.  Presented by Lone Chimney Films. Click here for details.

Tune in to KPTS TV in Wichita to see Conducting Hope, a documentary film about the inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility who comprise the “East Hill Singers,” the only chorus in the nation to perform outside prison walls. Presented by Arts in Prison and filmmaker Margie Friedman. January 25th at 11:00 p.m. Click here for details.

Shared Stories: Fort Scott and Topeka

What was life like in Kansas 150 years ago? Relive the thoughts and experiences of early Kansas settlers in their own words with Shared Stories of the Civil War reader’s theater events. Find out why nowhere in the United States was the Underground Railroad more dangerous than in western Missouri and eastern Kansas in the late 1850s when the Fort Scott National Historic Site presents “The Underground Railroad” on January 25th at 2:00 p.m. Click here for details.

Each experience in the Kansas Territory was unique, yet all who arrived suffered hardships from trying to make a living on the western frontier. Learn more when the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library presents “Settling the Kansas Territory” on January 29th at 7:00 p.m. Click here for details.

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Prairie Letters: Wellington

Join the Sumner County Historical Society staff as they share findings from a Heritage Grant project to transcribe the letters of Emily Sell, an early settler in Sumner County. January 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Senior Citizen Center. Click here for details.

Agricultural Roots: Junction City

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Kansas farm family, late 1800s.
Photo from, Kansas Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply.

Our state’s deep agricultural roots and pioneer history are familiar to most Kansans. Less known, however, is the history of the thousands of African American pioneers in Kansas who settled to farm. In her Speakers Bureau presentation, Anne Hawkins introduces one such farmer: Junius Groves. Born into slavery, Groves became a millionaire in Kansas agriculture and the nation’s wealthiest black farmer of his era. By 1910, black Kansans farmed a greater average acreage, and enjoyed a higher average farm value, than farmers of any race in the American South, and other African American farmers in most states. Many of these agricultural operations endure today. Hawkins’ presentation, “Succeeding Generations: African-American Agriculture in Kansas,” takes place on January 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library. Sponsored by the Prairie Heritage Institute. Click here for details.

Explore additional Kansas history topics, from breweries to bucket lists, in Speakers Bureau events taking place in Larned, Wichita, WaKeeney, El Dorado, and Manhattan. Click here for details.

More KHC-supported events are taking place throughout Kansas this winter.  Click here for the KHC Calendar of Events.



Challenge Met!

Slide1KHC is pleased to report that we met our fundraising goal for our fall campaign. Thank you to all who participated in the KHC Challenge with a year-end contribution to the Kansas Humanities Council. Your support of the humanities in Kansas will make a difference in the civic and cultural lives of Kansas communities throughout 2014.




Here Are Your 2015 Hometown Teams Host Sites

Hometown Teams_Title Treatment_SM_color_FNLThe Kansas Humanities Council announces six Kansas hosts for Hometown Teams, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition about sports and community coming to Kansas in 2015.

Hosts and dates for the 2015 Kansas tour of Hometown Teams include:

Ellinwood School & Community Library, Ellinwood
January 31 – March 15, 2015

High Plains Museum, Goodland
March 25 – May 3, 2015

Kiowa County Historical Museum, Greensburg
May 9 – June 21, 2015

Atchison County Historical Society, Atchison
June 27 – August 9, 2015

Perry Pride, Perry
August 15 – September 27, 2015

Humboldt Historic Preservation Alliance, Humboldt
October 3 – November 15, 2015

Hometown Teams explores the many ways that sports build and unite communities using photographs, hands-on components, and audio and video clips from the Smithsonian Institution. From the little leagues to the big leagues and everywhere in between, Hometown Teams examines how sports are a significant part of our national narrative.

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