Decisions, decisions. What cultural event will you attend in Kansas this weekend?
Kansas City: The Land We Live On
Explore the history of Rosedale, Kansas, and learn the stories of its parks, streets, and urban planning over the last 100 years in this exhibition from the Rosedale Development Association, Inc. April 1-5. Details here.
Topeka: A Little Princess
Ten-year-old Sara Crewe had everything — fancy clothes, dolls, her own maid — until tragic misfortune leaves her penniless but still rich in friendship and imagination. Sandra Wiechert leads a TALK book discussion of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel. Friday, April 1 at 2:00 PM at Aldersgate Village. Details here.
Emporia: Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History continues in Emporia with a screening of the film “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980).” Frustrated by the persistent discrimination of the 1960s, Latino Americans organized labor and fashioned a “Chicano” identity with hopes of achieving political equality. Leonard Ortiz leads the discussion following the film. Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 PM at Lyon County History Center. Details here.
Coffeyville: 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. Today their quilts are housed in art museums and revered internationally. Deborah Divine’s Speakers Bureau presentation looks at Kansas quilts from this time period and the unique collaboration that sparked “the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon” and some of the finest quilts of the 20th century. Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 PM at Coffeyville Public Library. Details here.
Wichita: Onward Haskell: The Making of an Indian Nations University
The United States Indian Industrial Training School welcome its first 22 students to Lawrence in 1884. Now known as Haskell Indian Nations University, the school continues to educate American Indian and Alaska Native young people who move to Kansas from all over the country. Eric Anderson’s Speakers Bureau presentation examines the early days of Haskell: the goals of the U.S. government in providing an American Indian-specific school, the responses by native peoples, and the effects of assimilation policy on them. Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 PM at Mid-America All-Indian Center & Museum. Details here.
Newton: Azteca Dancers
Learn about Newton High School’s Azteca Dancers in this presentation by Patricia Olais. The dance troupe was formed in the 1990s and is part of the Azteca Club, an organization whose mission is “to promote awareness of Hispanic culture in NHS and the Newton community.” This event is part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 PM at Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives. Details here.
Kinsley: Bronco’ Bustin’ Showmen and Their Spectacular Wild West Shows
Wild West shows at the turn of the 20th century delighted audiences in the United States and abroad. A surprising number of skilled cowboys and breathtaking shows originated in the Great Plains region. Jane Rhoads’ Speakers Bureau presentation highlights famous western entertainers including Will Rogers, Pawnee Bill, Tom Mix, Lucille Mulhall and Buffalo Bill Cody, the father of western entertainment. Sponsored by the Edwards County Historical Society. Sunday, April 3 at 6:00 PM at Edwards County 4-H Building. Details here.
Even more humanities events are listed on KHC’s Calendar of Events.