Humanities Happenings: 07/24-07/26

This 1911 Joe Tinker baseball card was printed just a few seasons after Tinker helped the Chicago Cubs win back-to-back World Series.  Image Courtesy Benjamin K. Edwards Collection, via Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

This 1911 Joe Tinker baseball card was printed just a few seasons after Tinker helped the Chicago Cubs win back-to-back World Series. Image Courtesy Benjamin K. Edwards Collection, via Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Muscotah, Holton, and four other Kansas communities are ready to help you make the most of the dog days of summer.

Great Bend: The Mighty Ducks
In this 1992 film, a self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag- tag youth hockey team. This event supports “Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps,” a “Hometown Teams” partner site exhibit that tells the story of a competitive drum and bugle corps established in Great Bend in the 1940s, on display through August 31st. July 24th at Great Bend Public Library at 3:00pm. Click here for details.

La Cygne: Young Historian Night
See young adults perform their interpretation of historical figures with a sports connection. The performances are the result of mentored workshops that focus on historical research. This event supports “What Binds Our Community Together? It’s Hometown Teams!,” a “Hometown Teams” partner site exhibit, on display through December 31st. July 24th at La Cygne Historical Society at 5:00pm. Click here for details.

Kansas City: Riverkings
Barbara Higgins-Dover, Director of the Kansas Riverkings Museum, presents 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 24th at Mad Jack’s Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant at 3:00pm. Click here for details.

Blue Rapids: Heavy Hitters
Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. Phil S. Dixon, Speakers Bureau, explores the exciting early barnstorming days of the Monarchs, highlights great players such as Wilber “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson who wore the uniform, and connects the spirit of the Monarchs to the many Kansas communities in which they played.  July 25th at Blue Rapids Historical Society at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Holton: Reciples & Reflections
Community cookbooks have carried the stories of Kansas women over the years, sharing sentiments of home, family, and faith. Louise M. Hanson, Speakers Bureau, provides a survey of Kansas cookbooks from 1874 to the present, which reveal not only changes in foodways but also poems, prayers, personal reflections, and histories. These humble publications show that food, home, community, and faith were the foundation upon which Kansas women constructed their lives. July 25th at Jackson County Historical Society at 12:30pm. Click here for details.

Muscotah: Joe Tinker Day
Spend Joe Tinker Day in Muscotah! The Hall of Famer’s hometown plays host to a vintage baseball showdown between the Topeka Westerns and the Lincoln Olympic Vintage Baseball Club. Sponsored by Atchison County Historical Society, this event is part of the “Hometown Teams” Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, on display in Atchsion through August 9th. July 25th at Joe Tinker Field at 12:00pm. Click here for details.

For information on upcoming KHC-supported events, visit our calendar.