Humanities Happenings: 05/23-05/25

It would be downright unsportsmanlike to let this weekend’s Humanities Happenings pass you by!



Blue Rapids: Glory Days
The public is invited an open house and sneak preview of “For a Day, for a Decade, for a Century,” a special exhibit that explores the tradition of local sports and features a 1913 exhibition baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants played in Blue Rapids.

Local high school alumni are encouraged to attend and bring sports memorabilia and photographs. The partner site exhibit is on display through August 9th.

This project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. May 23rd at Blue Rapids Historical Society at 9:00am. Click here for details.



La Cygne: Semi Pro
The public is invited to an open house for “What Binds Our Community Together? It’s Hometown Teams!,” a special exhibit that examines the semiprofessional baseball teams popular in Linn and Miami counties at the turn of the 20th century. The Hometown Teams partner site exhibit is on display through December 31st. May 24th at La Cygne Historical Society at 11:00am. Click here for details.

Additionally, Phil Dixon, an independent scholar, will present on the Kansas City Monarchs, members of the Negro National League, and a highly skilled baseball team with a rich history. Learn about the communities around Linn County that hosted the team. Sports-themed books and local memorabilia will also be on display. May 24th at Linn County Library, District 2 at 1:00pm. Click here for details.


Photo courtesy of: Ashley Bergner/The Newton Kansan

Photo courtesy of: Ashley Bergner/The Newton Kansan

North Newton: Reflecting on Race
Annette LeZotte, Kauffman Museum Director, and Rachel Pannabecker, Exhibit Researcher will share community reactions toward and interactions with “Sorting Out Race,” a special exhibit at the Kauffman Museum that uses thrift store race-related objects as a starting point for conversations about race and racial identity. May 24th at Kauffman Museum at 3:00pm. Click here for details.




Jane Holwerda

Jane Holwerda

Garden City: Waiting
Author Ha Jin provides a moving, but disturbing, view of Cultural Revolution-era China and human frailties. Lin Kong, a doctor whose duties separate him from his arranged-marriage wife, falls in love with Manna. Lin’s wife won’t agree to divorce. Thus, he is “waiting” the 18 years before he can divorce without her consent. 308 pp. Jane Holwerda leads the TALK book discussion. May 25th at Finney County Public Library at 11:00am. Click here for details. 






For more dynamic humanities events, visit KHC’s calendar.