Humanities Happenings: 07/17-07/19

Photo courtesy of Anderson McConnell

Film still from “When the Well Runs Dry.” Image courtesy of Steven Lerner.

Small towns, big events! Check out KHC-supported events in Florence, Marysville, and more.

Cottonwood Falls: College (1927)
Starring Buster Keaton, College (1927) is a comedy that follows a bookish college student as he tries to become a athlete in order to impress a girl. The film features sports and uniforms from the 1920s. Prior to the feature film, participants will view “One Run Elmer,” a short film that features Buster Keaton and Jim Thorpe, a Kansan that played professional football in the 1920s. Derrick Doty, a local film historian, will provide introductions to “One Run Elmer” and College. This event supports “Chase County: A League of Our Own,” a “Hometown Teams” partner site exhibit on display through November 4th that explores the baseball tradition in Chase County. July 18th at Chase County Historical Society at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Florence: “When the Well Runs Dry”
The public is invited to the premiere screening of “When the Well Runs Dry,” a documentary short film that explores water resources in Kansas through the stories and experiences of Florence residents. After the premiere, learn more about the film from a panel of scholars and film participants. Panel will be moderated by Tom Averill, English Professor at Washburn University. July 18th at Masonic Lodge at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Marysville: Community and Cultural Opportunity
Woven together over the years, humanities opportunities allowed one rural Kansas town to stretch beyond its own place and time. Struggling Glasco (pop. 498) was told that their town had no future, but residents pushed back by organizing events and hosting cultural opportunities. Joan Nothern, Speakers Bureau, will lead you through their journey from Chautauqua to exhibits and special projects, lectures and book discussions, that strengthened the community and enabled small but mighty Glasco to become a facilitating agent beyond its own city limits. July 18th at Marysville Public Library at 10:00am. Click here for details.

Leavenworth: Riverkings and Fish Tales
Barbara Higgins-Dover, Director of the Kansas Riverkings Museum, leads public programs in Leavenworth, Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence that explore the history of commercial fishing and fish markets along the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. July 18th at Leavenworth County Historical Society at 3:00pm. Click here for details.

North Newton: Service on the Homefront
Few people were as unprepared for World War I as Kansas Mennonites. Opposed to military service for religious reasons, these mostly German farmers came under suspicion, and many were incarcerated at Fort Riley for the remainder of the war. Later, with World War II looming, the Mennonites–along with Quaker and Brethren churches–proposed a system for alternative service. The result was Civilian Public Service, which assigned many Kansas conscientious objectors to domestic work projects, particularly in mental health hospitals. Aaron Barnhart, Speakers Bureau, explains how CPS workers helped expose intolerable conditions at these institutions, leading to postwar reforms and a transformation of psychiatric care. July 19th at Kauffman Museum at 3:00pm. Click here for details.

For more information about KHC-supported events, visit our calendar.