Humanities Happenings (2/14-2/16)

To My Valentine, 1890Make a date with the humanities this weekend and indulge your love of literature, history, and great conversations with KHC-supported events across the state.

Garden City: Calling All Book Lovers

Good books. Great conversation. There is a lot to love about a Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion. Martha Ortiz Sanchez leads a discussion of Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat at the Finney County Public Library. The book follows Sophie as she makes the difficult transition from rural Haiti to an impoverished New York. February 15th at 11:00 AM. Click here for details.

Concordia: I Like Ike

Roy Bird presents “The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower,” in this Speakers Bureau event at Cloud County Historical Society Museum. Learn how Ike’s parents worked hard to feed and clothe their family of six boys and how young Ike worked various jobs, from selling vegetables and his mother’s hot tamales door-to-door, to laboring as a farmhand and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery. How did he manage these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities? This talk will explore how Ike’s Kansas work ethic prepared him for military and presidential greatness. February 15th at 2:00 PM. Click here for details.

Park City: Music to Their Ears

Cowboy folksongs were more than entertainment on the lonely prairie: they told the story of a way of work that has since changed radically. In “Singing the Cattle North,” Jim Hoy explains that through trail-driving songs, night-herding songs, and bunkhouse/chuckwagon songs, cattle drovers produced a musical culture that still appeals to today’s ranchers who have traded their horses for four-wheelers and six-guns for cell phones. February 15th at 7:00 PM at the Park City Public Library. Click here for details.

Hays: Lincoln’s Likeness

Just in time for President’s Day! Brian Craig Miller examines how the image of Abraham Lincoln evolved over time in “The Tattered Lincoln Album: Lincoln’s Likeness and Image in History and Memory” at the Hays Public Library. Using over fifty photographs, paintings, and drawings, participants will learn about Lincoln’s quest to secure the presidency, his interaction with the public, and finally his death and ultimate legacy. While you’re at the library, be sure to visit the current exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” produced by the National Constitution Center. February 16th at 2:00 PM. Click here for details.

That’s just this weekend! There are more events throughout February on the KHC Calendar of Events.

Image: To My Valentine, 1890, via the Library of Congress.