Humanities Happenings: 02/13–02/15

Attend one or more of these ongoing KHC events with someone you love this Valentine’s Day weekend:

Hesston Swathers "Hometown Teams" trading card

Hesston Swathers “Hometown Teams” trading card

Wichita: Sports Culture

The “Mascots of Kansas” exhibit explores the cultural significance of team mascots in sports, including the use of Native American imagery.

The project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. January 1st-August 31st at Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Click here for details.


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Topeka: Water and the Humanities

“Drift and Drag: Reflections on Water” is an exhibition that examines Kansans’ perceptions of and experience with water. January 16th-March 14th at Washburn University, Mulvane Art Museum. Click here for details.




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Sterling, Lyons, and Little River: County-Wide Community Sports

The Rice County Historical Society will explore stories of local sports heritage with exhibitions in Geneseo, Chase, Little River, Sterling, and Lyons. In Central Kansas, Hispanic youths formed their own teams and traveled to nearby communities to compete. The Rice County Historical Society will examine this story, and those of other nearby communities, with this exhibition.

The project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

  • February 7th-February 28th at Studio 96 in Sterling, KS. Click here for details.
  • February 8th-July 31st at Rice County Historical Society in Lyons, KS. Click here for details.
  • February 12th-May 23rd at Little River Senior Citizens Center in Little River, KS. Click here for details.                                                                                                            Ellinwood #3

Ellinwood: For the Love of the Game

“Heroes on the Sideline” is a local exhibition featuring Ellinwood sports fans and boosters.

“Heroes on the Sideline” is part of “Hometown Teams” Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition which explores the ways sports build and unite communities. The enthusiasm and dedication of fans, athletes, and coaches bonds us across time, cultures, generations, and geography. January 31st-March 15th at Ellinwood School and Community LibraryClick here for details.

Kinsley: Dust Bowl History

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” national traveling exhibit about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period. The exhibit recalls a tragic period in our history – the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s – and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. What caused the fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons have we learned.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the library will host “It Blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl & Great Depression in Western Kansas,” a series of reading discussions. January 10th-February 20th at Kinsley Public LibraryClick here for details.

Read about KHC’s February and ongoing events here.