Humanities Happenings: 08/21-08/23

Photo courtesy of Wamego Smoke Signal.

Wamego’s annual “Backyard Brawl & BBQ” event. Photo courtesy of the Wamego Smoke Signal.

Lawrence, Perry, & Wamego are the stars of this weekend’s Humanities Happenings!

Lawrence: “Kansas Fish Markets”
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. August 22nd at Lawrence Visitors Center at 1:00pm. Sponsored by Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. Click here for details.

Perry: Race to Gender Equality
Although the wording of the Title IX education amendment is brief, its impact revolutionized sports by demanding equal sports opportunities for female student athletes. With fair access to facilities, coaches, equipment, and practice time, many Kansas athletes were able to overcome gender stereotypes and excel in track and field, basketball, target shooting, and other sports, sometimes even reaching Olympic heights. Laura Hartley, Speakers Bureau, explores the history of Title IX and highlights remarkable female athletes from Kansas, including Margaret Thompson Murdock, whose athletic career spanned both before and after Title IX and demonstrates the camaraderie that exists between competitors, both female and male. August 23rd at Highland Community College, Perry Center at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Perry Pride. Click here for details.

Perry: “Hometown Teams”
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. Perry Pride’s companion exhibition “Together We Are Stronger: The Evolution of Sports Along the Kaw” will also be on display. Exhibitions on display through September 27th at Historic Perry Rural High School Gym at Highland Community College, Perry Center. Sponsored by Perry Pride. Click here for details.

Wamego: “Backyard Brawl & BBQ”
This “Hometown Teams” photo exhibition documents the “Backyard Brawl,” a pre-season football tradition that unites the rival communities of Wamego and Westmoreland. Exhibit on display through September 27th at Wamego Public Library. Sponsored by Wamego Public Library. Click here for details.

For upcoming KHC-supported events, visit our calendar.