KHC Holiday Office Hours

The KHC office will be closed December 24, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and will re-open on January 5, 2015.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Grant Supports Hometown Teams

Hometown Teams_Title Treatment_color_FNLKHC is kicking off a Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America statewide initiative in 2015 thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. Anchored by a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition of the same name, Hometown Teams promotes healthy behaviors through exhibitions and public programs about sports and fitness activities. The exhibition will visit six locations from January through November 2015, with an additional 16 partner sites participating in programs and activities to extend the conversation on sports and fitness to a total of 22 communities.

Using the popular topic of sports and engaging local and national exhibitions as a gateway, Hometown Teams encourages Kansans to get moving through eight “Minute for Movement” activity stations in the Smithsonian exhibition, and fitness and walking activities in all 22 communities.

Click here to read the full press release. Contact Tracy Quillin, associate director, at tracy(at) or (785) 357-0359 with any questions.

KHC welcomed NEH chair to Kansas

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Photo by Tom Parker

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) welcomed National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman William D. Adams to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene on October 23, 2014, for one of his first official visits to a state humanities council as NEH chair. Chairman Adams participated in a full schedule of events including KHC’s “Heart of the Matter” event and meetings with humanities leaders and KHC board and staff. KHC is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Confirmed by the United States Senate in July 2014, William D. “Bro” Adams is the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). A committed advocate for the liberal arts, Chairman Adams most recently served as president of Colby College in Waterville, ME, from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014. Chairman Adams brings to the Endowment a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities. Learn more about Chairman Adams in this recent article in NEH’s Humanities magazine and in an interview on the Diane Rehm Show.

In a speech at the National Humanities Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 31, 2014, Chairman Adams reflected warmly on his “eye opening” visit to Kansas, stating, “Last week I spent two days in Abilene, Kansas, with Julie Mulvihill and the Kansas Humanities Council staff and board. I got a very good sense of what that energetic council is doing, which is very impressive. I also spent time with representatives from academic institutions around the state, many of them recent NEH recipients.” Adams noted that the visit enhanced his understanding of the state’s historical and cultural treasures, adding, “I would like to go back.”

“It was a pleasure to host Chairman Adams in Abilene,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “During the evening event, he encouraged us to think about how we can better apply the humanities to the current conditions of our nation. It’s a provocative thought and one that emphasizes the essential nature of KHC’s work in strengthening civic life.”

Chairman Adams’ full address to the National Humanities Conference, including his remarks about Kansas, is available here.


Give Voice

When you give to KHC, you give voice to history. KHC brought the StoryCorps national listening project to Topeka in 2014 to record interviews with Topekans on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. Now the experiences of Topekans “post-Brown” will be preserved for future generations at the Library of Congress. Donate Now to give voice with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.



Give Vision

When you give to KHC, you give vision. Water is on the minds of Kansans as the state plans for its water future. KHC grants provide a way for Kansans to start the conversation about water through the support of short films, exhibitions, and book discussions. A recent book discussion series in Kinsley looked to the past for water solutions for the future. Donate Now to give vision with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.



Give Understanding

When you give to KHC, you give understanding through shared texts and meaningful conversations. Manhattan is one of six communities exploring the experiences of returning veterans through a Big Read one-book community discussion of Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried Home. Donate Now to give understanding with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.


Give Traditions

When you give to KHC, you give traditions passed between Kansans of different generations and cultures. Jim Gray shared the traditions of cattle covers with a young cowboy at his Speakers Bureau presentation of “Head’ Em Up and Move ‘Em Out” in Blue Rapids. Donate Now to give traditions with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.



Photo Credit: Tom Parker

Give Spirit

When you give to KHC, you give the spirit of hometown teams. The Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition kicks off a six-community tour in January 2015. 16 additional Hometown Teams partner sites will explore sports and comity spirit through local exhibitions and projects. Donate Now to give spirit with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.



Photo Credit: Perry Pride

Give Spark

When you give to KHC, you give the spark of new ideas through Speakers Bureau presentations that link the past with modern-day Kansas. Gene T. Chavez presented his topic “Mexican American Workers Help Build the Kansas Economy” in Hutchinson earlier this year. Donate Now to give the spark of new ideas with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.


Give Sense of Place

When you give to KHC, you give sense of place. South Hoisington was an African-American community in Barton County that now exists only in the memories of those who lived there long ago. A KHC Heritage grant supported the Barton County Historical Museum’s oral history project to document and preserve the memories of former South Hoisington residents, restoring sense of place to the community. Donate Now to give sense of place with a #GivingTuesday gift to KHC.