Humanities Happenings: 06/19-06/21

Don’t miss the last weekend of the “Hometown Teams” Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition in Greensburg, and read on to find out about unique KHC-supported events in Cottonwood Falls, Lawrence, Lansing, and more.

 

Photo courtesy of Pageantry, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Pageantry, Inc.

Great Bend: Dixieland Jazz on the Lawn & Watermelon Feed
The “Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps” partner site exhibition continues at the Great Bend Public Library this weekend. Join local musicians as they share their talents on the library lawn.

This event supports “Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps,” a special partner site exhibit that tells the story of a competitive drum and bugle corps established in Great Bend in the 1940s. The exhibit is on display through August 31st.

The project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. June 19th at Great Bend Public Library at 6:00pm. Click here for details.

 

The Lady Bulldogs of Chase County, 2015 State Softball Champions. Image courtesy of Chase County Historical Society.

Cottonwood Falls: “A League of Our Own”
The public is invited to opening of “Chase County: A League of Our Own,” a special partner site exhibit that explores the baseball tradition of rural Chase County. Special guests include local athletes and longtime coaching staff. The exhibit is on display through November 14th.

This project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. June 20th at Chase County Historical Society at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Beverly Gardner and Watkins Museum of History

Photo courtesy of Beverly Gardner and Watkins Museum of History

Lawrence: “Larryville Offbeat Sports Day”
Watch and learn how to play some of Lawrence’s favorite unconventional team sports at this day-long festival. Featuring exhibition games from Scary Larry Bike Polo, the Kaw Valley Kickball League, pickleball, the University of Kansas Quidditch Team, a Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, and more.

This event supports “Of Two Minds: The Conventional and Unconventional Sides of Lawrence Sports,” a series of public events. The project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. Sponsored by Watkins Museum of History. June 20th at East Lawrence Recreation Center at 10:00am. Click here for details.

 

Larry Burke

Larry Burke

Abilene: Trench Warfare
Soldiers in the trenches of World War I suffered extreme temperatures, disease, and parasites in addition to the psychological stresses of war. Larry Burke, Speakers Bureau, explores events leading to the outbreak of war, and will examine the strategies and tactics of trench warfare with special emphasis on the individuals who fought the war along the Western Front. How did the soldiers cope with the immense stress of the trenches? How did they find the courage to go “over the top” into the maelstrom of no man’s land? Many WWI trench warfare soldiers suffered from “shell shock,” a combat stress reaction similar to today’s post-traumatic stress disorder. How do the stresses of WWI relate to soldiers today? June 20th at Dickinson County Historical Society at 7:00pm. Click here for details.

 

Deborah White

Deborah White

Independence: Preservation Workshop
This public preservation workshop will be led by Deborah White, Digital Librarian at Pittsburg State University’s Axe Library. The preservation workshop is aimed at helping veterans and their families preserve material related to military service.

This event supports “The 1011th -A Story of Service Throughout the Years,” a project to collect and preserve the images of veterans who served with the 1011th Quartermaster Company, US Army Reserve, during deployments to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Sponsored by RSVP Four County. June 20th at Memorial Hall at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Funding is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together initiative.

 

Jordan Poland

Jordan Poland

Greensburg: From Jayhawks to Goldbugs
They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are some of the most recognizable characters of our state: the mascots of Kansas! From the most recognizable, like the KU Jayhawk and the K-State Wildcat, to the more obscure Fowler High School Goldbugs and the Hill City Ringnecks, Jordan Poland, Speakers Bureau, shares the history and pageantry of Kansas mascots. Explore the unique, historical ties that many sports mascots have to their communities before playing the state’s newest and greatest trivia game, “Name that Kansas Mascot!” June 20th at Kiowa County Historical Museum & Soda Fountain at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

 

 

William E. Fischer, Jr.

William E. Fischer, Jr.

Lansing: Dark Skies
Popular images of chivalrous World War I aviators, goggled with silk scarves flowing, were quite different from the dark reality of the skies above Europe. As the war stalemated across Western Europe and casualties began to mount, aviation became a critical component in war planning and operations. Cutting-edge technology on land, sea, and air ensured that the war of November 1918 little resembled the war of August 1914. William E. Fischer, Jr., Speakers Bureau, explores how aviation became sophisticated and differentiated into aerial observation, bombardment, and pursuit. June 20th at Lansing Historical Museum at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Stay up to date with upcoming KHC-supported events by visiting our Calendar of Events.