Humanities Happenings: 06/26-06/28

Photo courtesy of Meredith Wiggins

Lincoln School, Atchison. Photo courtesy of Meredith Wiggins.

Put on your game face and get ready for a Saturday jam-packed with KHC-supported events in Atchison, Clay Center, Blue Rapids, and more.

Great Bend: Angels in the Outfield (1994)
When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible. This film screening 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 project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. June 26th at Great Bend Public Library at 3:00pm. Click here for details.

Atchison: “Hometown Teams” Exhibition Opening
Experience the story of sports–the athletes, the coaches, and the fans who cheer them on–in “Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Get up close to memorable artifacts and view over 200 photographs highlighting Americans and their love of sports. Get into the game with “Minute for Movement” sports-inspired exercise stations designed to get you moving.

Also on display is the Atchison County Historical Society’s companion exhibition, “Team Colors: Wearing Our Hearts on Our Sleeves, Caps and Coats.” June 27th at Atchison County Historical Society. Click here for details.

Blue Rapids: “For a Day, for a Decade, for a Century”
The public is invited to the opening of “For a Day, for a Decade, for a Century,” a special partner site exhibit that features a 1913 exhibition baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants played in Blue Rapids.

This project is part of “Hometown Teams,” a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities. June 27th at Blue Rapids Historical Society at 9:00am. Click here for details.

Alma: Flint Hills Photographer
Hear a panel of experts discuss the life of Otto Kratzer, a Volland business owner and amateur photographer whose work captured life in the Flint Hills community between 1905 and 1965. Learn the significance of Kratzer’s photo and film collection and hear about the lifecycle of the now-vanished town of Volland. Panel is moderated by Virgil Dean, Adjunct History Professor at Washburn University, and sponsored by Wabaunsee County Historical Society. June 27th at the Volland Store at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Hiawatha: Preservation Workshop
This public preservation workshop will be led by Shannon Hsu, Curator of Collections at Shawnee Town 1929. The preservation workshop is aimed at helping veterans and their families preserve material related to military service. The workshop is part of “The Things They Carried Home” grants initiative, and is sponsored by Brown County Historical Society. June 27th at Morrill Public Library at 10:00am. Click here for details.

Marysville: Movement through Music
Kansas City jazz thrived on diversity: just as it melded and reshaped African and European musical traditions, it also gained energy and vitality from the talents of musicians of all races. KC’s jazz visionaries crossed social barriers and championed racial integration. Kevin Rabas, Speakers Bureau, explores how musicians such as Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, and Lester Young drew national attention to the need for racial harmony by integrating KC’s black musicians union, touring with integrated bands, and writing songs that advocated equal rights in the early years of the Civil Rights movement. June 27th at Marysville Public Library at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Concordia: “Eye Deep in Hell”
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 27th at Cloud County Historical Society Museum at 1:30pm. Click here for details.

Clay Center: Preservation Workshop
This public preservation workshop will be led by Cynthia Harris, archivist at Kansas State University‘s Hale Library. The preservation workshop is aimed at helping veterans and their families preserve material related to military service, and is a part of “The Things They Carried Home” grants initiative. Sponsored by the Solomon Valley-Hwy 24-Heritage Alliance. June 27th at Clay County Historical Society at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Augusta: An Unlikely History
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, features the history and pageantry of Kansas mascots. Explore with us 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 27th at Augusta Public Library at 10:30am. Click here for details.

For more information about upcoming KHC-supported events in your region, visit our calendar.