Humanities Happenings 4/15-4/17


One weekend, many stories. Which humanities event will you choose to explore the stories that carry our culture?

Arkansas City: Community Cookbooks of Kansas

Community cookbooks have carried the stories of Kansas women over the years, sharing sentiments of home, family, and faith. Louise M. Hanson’s Speakers Bureau presentation provides a survey of Kansas cookbooks from 1874 to the present, which reveal not only changes in foodways but also poems, prayers, personal reflections, and histories. Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 PM at Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum. Details here.

Dodge City: Cowboys and Clerics

In the days when Wild Bill Hickok might ride his horse into your church service — it happened in Junction City — the life of a minister was a rowdy affair. John Burchill’s Speakers Bureau presentation looks into the early years of Kansas clergy and the colorful characters that made up our early faith communities, such as Pastor Gay of Mulvane who faced a gunman in church — and then converted him. Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 PM at Boot Hill Museum. Details here.

Rose Hill: Head ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out

The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. The drover of yesteryear had little choice but to face the elements placed before him if he was to get his wild cattle to market. A thousand miles on the trail brought him into contact with all that nature could throw at him: lightning, flooded rivers, hail, tornadoes, and stampeding cattle were constant challenges. Jim Gray’s Speakers Bureau presentation looks at how today’s massive beef industry owes its beginnings to the men and women who were bold enough to “head ’em up and move ’em out.” Saturday, April 16 at 5:00 PM at Rose Hill Historical Society. Details here.

Wellington: Children of the Promised Land

Nicodemus, a small unincorporated town in Graham County, is the only remaining western town that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Angela O. Bates’ Speakers Bureau presentation explores the unique experiences of the children of Nicodemus who were the first members of their families born free from the physical and psychological effects of slavery. Saturday at 1:00 PM at Wellington Public Library. Sponsored by the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society. Details here.

Winchester: Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilt Workshop

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 collaborations that sparked “the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon” and some of the finest quilts of the 20th century. Participants will make a Kretsinger-inspired quilt square of their own and should bring a thimble, needles, thread, fabric, scissors, and straight pins. Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 PM at Winchester Public Library. Details here.

Newton: Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)

The Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives hosts a film screening and discussion of “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980), part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. The film looks at the year 1965-1980 when Latino Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination, organized labor and fashioned a “Chicano” identity with the hopes of gaining political equality. Valerie Mendoza leads a post-film discussion that addresses the story of Newton High School’s Azteca Dancers. Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 PM at Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives. Details here.

Explore more stories on KHC’s Calendar of Events.

Photo credits:, Kansas Historical Society; American Library Association; Angela O. Bates.