Humanities Happenings, 10/23-10/25

The Wichita Bull Stockings vintage base ball team. Photo courtesy of Aaron Staab/Topeka Westerns.

The Wichita Bull Stockings vintage base ball team heads to Humboldt this weekend. Photo courtesy of Aaron Staab/Topeka Westerns.

National Arts and Humanities Month continues with a full lineup of humanities events.

Humboldt: Party Like It’s 1885

The Wichita Bull Stockings take on the Olympics of Lincoln, Nebraska, in a vintage rules “base ball” game straight out of the 19th century as part of Hometown Teams in Humboldt. October 24th at 11:00 AM at George Sweatt Field and 2:00 PM at Walter Johnson Field. After the game, be sure to check out the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition on exhibit at Humboldt City Hall and be sure to come back on Sunday for Rich Hughes’ “Netting Out Basketball Presentation” at 1:00 PM on October 25th.

Fort Scott: Digitizing the Learning Tree

Katherine Karlin, professor of English at Kansas State University, presents on KSU’s online digital resource that features the work of late photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. Parks’ 1964 novel, “The Learning Tree,” will also be discussed. October 23rd at 1:30 PM at Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Cultural Diversity. Click here for details.

Independence: Sports as Religion: Fact or Fiction?

Tour Scholar Michael J. Zogry makes unexpected connections between the worlds of sports and religion in this Hometown Teams presentation. Drawing on different cultures and historical periods, Zogry highlights several examples when athletic games and religion cross paths. October 24 at 2:00 PM at Independence Public Library. Click here for details.

Riley: The Things They Carried Home

Cynthia Harris, archivist at Hale Library, Kansas State University, leads a preservation workshop aimed at helping veterans and their families preserve materials related to military service. October 24th at 2:00 PM at Riley Community Center and sponsored by the Solomon Valley-Hwy 24-Heritage Alliance. Click here for details.

Speakers Bureau

There are lots of Speakers Bureau presentations to choose from this weekend. On October 24th Jordan Poland discusses “The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas” in Garnett, Joan Nothern talks about how “The Humanities Combat Rural Decline” in Harper, Lorraine Madway looks at “World War I on the Homefront: Persuasion and Propaganda” in McPherson, D. W. Carter revisits “Fire From the Kansas Sky: The Piatt Street Plane Crash of 1965” in Park City, and Aaron Barnhart explores “How Kansas Mennonites Changed Mental Health Care” in Wichita. On October 25th Jim Hoy presents “Singing the Cattle North” in Scott City.

Plus, many more events. Visit KHC’s Calendar of Events for a full listing.