Warm up to weekend humanities events that will have you thinking, sharing, and cheering.
It’s your last chance to see the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition at the Ellinwood School and Community Library before the exhibition closes in Ellinwood on March 15th. You’ll also have a chance to see local exhibitions about Ellinwood’s sport history, including Heroes on the Sideline. Click here for details.
Veterans and their families learn how to preserve materials related to military service at The Things They Carried Home Preservation Workshop. This public workshop is led by Deborah White, digital librarian at Axe Library, Pittsburg State University. March 14th at 2:00 PM at Fort Scott National Historic Site. Click here for details.
Gridley: Sharing Patterns
In the early 20th century, Emporia was home to a group of innovative quilters that included Rose Kretsinger, Charlotte Whitehall, and Hannah Hayes Headlee. Today their quilts are housed in art museums and revered internationally. In Deborah Divine’s “Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilt Workshop” Speakers Bureau presentation, participants will learn about Kansas quilts from this time period and the unique collaborations that sparked “the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon” and some of the finest quilts of the 20th century. Following a brief lecture and discussion, participants will make a Kretsinger-inspired quilt square of their own. March 14th at 11:00 AM at Gridley Branch of Coffey County Library. Click here for details.
Bonner Springs: The Power of Persuasion
When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, the civilian population was aware of the high casualty rates from trench warfare and the resulting low morale. It was necessary to inspire and inform people in ways that were both heroic and practical. Lorraine Madway’s Speakers Bureau presentation “World War I on the Homefront: Persuasion and Propaganda” highlights posters, pamphlets, and sheet music that encouraged Americans to buy Liberty Bonds; raise, conserve, and send food to Europe; and promote the importance of books and libraries as a vital component of democracy. March 14th at 2:00 PM at Wyandotte County Historical Museum. Click here for details.
Pratt: A Trail Between Two Wars
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 15th at 2:00 PM at Pratt County Historical Society Museum. Click here for details.
There are even more humanities events happening this month. Visit KHC’s Calendar of Events for a full list of speakers, book discussions, museum exhibitions, preservation workshops, and much more.