Humanities Happenings – 1/23 -1/24

KHC-supported humanities events are the cure for the winter blues: a film premiere, a book discussion, and presentations sure to get you thinking and doing this weekend.

Topeka: Meet “Our Charley”

The Shawnee County Historical Society presents the premiere of “Our Charley: A Boy Forced to Choose,” a documentary short film about the Kansas years of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President of the United States. January 24 at 2:00 PM at the Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas in Topeka. Details here. 

Courtland & Belleville: Soda Fountains of Kansas

Relive the glory days of the soda fountain where tonics and curatives evolved into refreshments like the Brown Cow, the Mudslide, and the Egg Cream. Cindy Higgins’ Speakers Bureau presentation looks at how and why Kansas pharmacists made more ice cream concoctions and added food to keep their evolving fountain sidelines profitable. The presentation also explores soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains throughout the nation. January 23rd at 3:00 PM at Courtland Arts Council. January 24th at 2:00 PM at Belleville Public Library. 

Lansing: Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives

In the early 20th century, Emporia was home to a group of innovative quilters that included Rose Kretsinger, Charlotte Whitehall, and Hannah Hayes Headlee. Deborah Divine’s Speakers Bureau presentation looks at the unique collaborations that sparked “the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon.” Participants will make a Kretsinger-inspired quilt square of their own. January 23rd at 10:00 AM at Lansing Historical Museum. Details here. 

Mount Hope: Standing in the Rainbow

In “Standing in the Rainbow,” author Fannie Flagg takes us to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where we meet Bobby Smith, a 10-year-old living an idyllic postwar boyhood; his mother, Neighbor Dorothy, broadcasts her Midwest housewife’s radio show; and later on, Tot Whooten, a very incompetent hairdresser; mortician Cecil Figgs; Hamm Sparks, the tractor salesman turned politician, and many, many others. Rosemary Kolich leads this Talk About Literature in Kansas book discussion on January 23 at 7:00 PM at the Mount Hope Public Library. Details here.

Osborne: A Tour of Remembrance

Von Rothenburger and Cynthia Harris present the results of a multi-month research project to document veterans memorials and collections of veterans artifacts in museums along the route of US 24, designated as the World War II Veterans Memorial Highway. January 23 at 1:00 PM at United Methodist Church in Osborne. Sponsored by Solomon Valley-Highway 24-Heritage Alliance.  Details here.

Find more events at KHC’s Calendar of Events.