Humanities Happenings 10/30-11/1


Scene from “Prejudice and Pride,” Episode 5 of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” documentary. Image courtesy of the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

It’s all treats and no tricks for humanities events in Kansas during the last weekend of National Arts and Humanities Month!

Overland Park: Prejudice and Pride

Frustrated by the persistent discrimination of the 1960s, Latino Americans organized labor and fashioned a “Chicano” identity with hopes of achieving political equality. Watch “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980),” part of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” documentary series and participate in a discussion led by Peter Haney of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas. You can also record your own story about the Latino American experience in northeast Kansas. Sponsored by Johnson County Community College. 10:00 AM on October 30th at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Click here for details.

Kansas City: Nicodemus Connection to a Vice President

Before homesteading as free men in the African American settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas, Tom Johnson and John Samuels were enslaved by U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson (1831-1841) and his daughter Imogene Pence. Johnson became a controversial figure when he married Julia Chinn, a biracial woman and mother of his two daughters. Angela O. Bates’ Speakers Bureau presentation follows Tom and John’s journey from enslavement in Kentucky to freedom experienced in an all-Black town. 10:00 AM on October 31st at Metropolitan Baptist Church. Sponsored by the Kansas Institute for African American and Native American Family History. Click here for details.

Garden City: Buffalo Girls

Valerie Brown-Kuchera leads the Talk About Literature in Kansas book discussion of Larry McMurtry’s “Buffalo Girls.” McMurtry returns to the Montana scene of “Lonesome Dove” as Buffalo Bill Cody convinces Calamity Jane and a handful of the West’s aging legends to tour with his Wild West Show. 11:00 AM on October 31st at Finney County Public Library. Click here for details.

Hiawatha: Gowns Fit for the Halloween Queen

It’s the closing weekend for the Wedding Gown exhibit at the Brown County Historical Society. View dresses preserved as part of the historical society’s KHC Heritage grant project, including wedding dresses, Halloween Queen gowns, and dresses from the early 1900s. Closing day: October 31st. Click here for details.

Don’t forget to visit the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Humboldt and Partner Site exhibitions in Cottonwood Falls, Independence, La Cygne, Larned, Lawrence, and North Newton. Visit the KHC Event Calendar for a full listing of events.