Humanities Happenings – Spring 2014


Spring is here! For KHC, Spring means commemorations, oral histories, poetry, and lots and lots of humanities events.

Brown v. Board & StoryCorps

To honor the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision and to consider changes in Topeka’s schools since 1954, thirty-six Topekans will participate in a special StoryCorps national oral history project to document, preserve, and share their reflections, school experiences, and perspectives. The interviews will be recorded in Topeka and archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Interested in being part of the StoryCorps interviews? Contact Donna Rae Pearson, Local History Librarian at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, at (785) 580-4510 ASAP.  Read more…


Calling all poets and poets-to-be with Kansas roots for a weekly poetry column, edited by Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley, to be published in newspapers across this great state. Read more…

Pin-Up Poetry

Celebrate April’s National Poetry Month with Pin-Up Poetry, an easy, free statewide project that encourages Kansans to write, read, and share their own poetry and the poetry of others on Pinterest. Read more…

Banner Image Credits: 1) Mrs. Hunt’s first grade class at State Street Elementary School, Topeka, January 1955. Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society. 2) Wyatt Townley. Photo by Terry Weckbaugh.