Humanities Happenings: 03/20-03/22

Celebrate the first weekend of spring by participating in one of these fabulous KHC events!

Glasco: Hometown Teams Local Exhibition & Community Play Day

Glasco’s Hometown Teams partner site exhibition, “A Triple Threat on the Diamond, Field, and Court,” explores the sports heritage of Glasco, which includes the tradition of women’s town team baseball and the story of the Red Liners, an exhibition team that painted telephone poles by day and played basketball at night in the early 20th century.

Join the residents of Glasco for the exhibition opening and the “Community Play Day.” The public is invited to participate in alumni basketball, work-up clinic, and putt-putt golf. March 21st at Glasco Community Foundation. Click here for details.

Sara Jane Richter

Sara Jane Richter

Belleville: Something Out of Nothing

During the bleak days of the Dust Bowl, women used their green thumbs and gardening skills to extend their daily menus, earn money, and even beautify their dreary environs. Drawing from first-hand accounts, Sara Jane Richter’s Speakers Bureau presentation, “Grandmother’s Dust Bowl Garden,” explores the vegetables, flowers, and medicinal herbs these women cultivated within the harshest conditions during the Great Depression. By experimenting with and cultivating hardy breeds many women were able to augment their families’ menu, larder, meals, and mood. March 21st at 2:00pm at Belleville Public Library. Click here for details.




Goodland: Hometown Teams Opening Reception

Join the High Plains Museum for the opening of the “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition and “The Goal of Sports: How Goodland Comes Together” local exhibition is also on display. Both exhibitions are on display through May 3rd. Click here for details.

During the opening reception, Kelly Werts, a folk singer who specializes in songs from the Midland Trail and sports, will talk about the role basketball played in the marking of the trail. Audiences will also learn about the Goodland basketball team that played along the Midland Trail 100 years ago. March 21st at 1:00pm at the High Plains Museum. Click here for details.

Hays: “Polo on the Plains” 

This Hometown Teams partner site exhibition highlights polo’s history in Victoria, a community settled by British immigrants in 1872. March 21st at Ellis County Historical Society. Click here for details. For a trading card image of “polo on the plains,” check out our Instagram profile here.


Photo courtesy of: The Newton Kansan

Photo courtesy of: The Newton Kansan

Newton: A Pillar of the Community

This exhibit explores the 50-year history of the Harvey County Courthouse. The exhibit features stories collected as part of a community oral history project. March 21st at Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives. Click here for details.




Photo courtesy of: Ashley Bergner/The Newton Kansan

Photo courtesy of: Ashley Bergner/The Newton Kansan

North Newton: Race Representations

Beverly Rodgers, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Ottawa University, explores how words, phrases, and visual representations in current use are still stereotyping Native Peoples living in what is now the United States.

“Stereotypes & Realities of the 21st Century Indian in the US” supports “Sorting Out Race,” a special exhibit that uses thrift store race-related objects as a starting point for conversations about race and racial identify. March 22nd at 3:00pm at Kauffman Museum. Click here for details.


Elkhart: The (Other) Forgotten War

"Arrival of the Caravan at Santa Fe," c. 1840. Image courtesy of, Kansas Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply.

“Arrival of the Caravan at Santa Fe,” c. 1840. Image courtesy of, Kansas Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply.

During the Civil War, events at both ends of the Santa Fe Trail contributed to the war’s outcome while another war in the middle–the Plains Indian Wars–grew in intensity and eventually resulted in removal of the Plains tribes from Kansas. Leo E. Oliva’s Speakers Bureau presentation, “The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War,” introduces key conflicts along the Santa Fe Trail, including significant but largely forgotten battles in New Mexico and the period of accelerated conflict that ended with the destruction of Plains tribes as they had existed for over a century. March 21st at 12:00pm at Morton County Historical SocietyClick here for details.



As always, we encourage you to peruse KHC’s calendar for upcoming humanities events.