Humanities Happenings 6/10-6/16

Treat yourself to a humanities staycation this week with cultural events happening right here in Kansas.

Kansas City: “Quindaro” Screening

Founded in 1857 on the Missouri River, the town of Quindaro thrived for six years. The “Quindaro” documentary short film examines the history of of the northeast Kansas community and looks at future plans for the area’s revitalization. A panel discussion following the screening features former Kansas City Councilman Chester Owens and Pastor Stacy Evans from the Allen Chapel AME Church. “Quindaro” was produced by the Northeast Cooperative Council, Inc., and Filmmaker Jefferson Edward Donald with the support of a KHC Humanities grant. Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 AM at Kansas City Kansas Public Library. Details here.

Abilene: 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. Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes, and bottled soda pop prompted Kansas pharmacists to make more ice cream concoctions and add food to keep their evolving fountain sideline business profitable. Cindy Higgins’ Speakers Bureau presentation also explores soda fountains in Kansas today. Saturday, June 11 at 6:00 PM at Dickinson County Historical Society. Sponsored by Heritage Homes Association. Details here.

Larned: Make Art, Not War

Kansas: A frontier where strong people with strong opinions find their voice. Throughout our turbulent history, Kansans has vociferously and voraciously pursued the greater good, working with both established systems as well as outside these systems to affect change. With these movements comes a rich array of protest art — art made to draw attention to a topic of great concern in the hope of eliciting change or expanding the conversation. From John Steuart Curry’s depiction of John Brown’s call to action to M.T. Liggett’s politically-charged fence-line artwork, Erika Nelson’s Speakers Bureau presentation of protest art in Kansas includes an array of forms. Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 PM at the Santa Fe Trail Center. Details here.

Goodland: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Walt Disney

Abraham Lincoln remains one of the most visibly recognizable historical figures. Hundreds of books and articles have tackled nearly every aspect of his life: his political career, writings, psychological and marital problems, and his assassination. Yet is had not always been an easy road in terms of the memory of our 16th president. In the 1960s as the Civil War Centennial got underway, the leadership of the commission thought Lincoln needed to be diminished because of a belief that Civil War students did not care much about his legacy. Brian Craig Miller’s Speakers Bureau presentation tells how the commemoration would have been a total disaster if it were not for Walt Disney, who forged on his own to bring Lincoln to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York through the construction of an attraction called “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.” Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 PM at Goodland Public Library. Details here.

Topeka: Poet Laureate of Kansas™

Join Poet Laureate of Kansas™ Eric McHenry for an evening of poetry and discussion at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. The State Champion of the Poetry Out Loud competition, Sarah Katsiyiannis of Tipton, will open the event. Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 PM. Details here.

Find more humanities events across Kansas on the KHC Calendar of Events.