Humanities Happenings 6/21-6/23

Greensburg May 2016 (2)

Photo by Cindy Higgins.

Beat the heat and refresh your mind with humanities presentations across the state.

Lansing, Great Bend, & Salina: Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro Leagues franchise. Phil S. Dixon’s Speakers Bureau presentation explores the exciting early barnstorming days of the Monarchs, highlights great players such as Wilber “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson who wore the uniform, and connects the spirit of the Monarchs to the many Kansas communities in which they played.
June 21 at 6:00 PM at Lansing Community Library. Details here.
June 22 at 7:30 PM at Barton County Historical Society. Details here.
June 23 at 7:00 PM at Salina Public Library. Details here.

Atchison: Throw Like a Girl

Many female athletes in Kansas have fascinating tales of perseverance, hard work, and success on levels where they were previously barred from competition. Margaret Thompson Murdock of Berryton competed in the 1976 Olympics as the first woman to represent the United States in a shooting competition. Kendra Wecker, a native of Marysville, made headlines in 1995 at age 12 when she became the first girl to reach the finals of the NFL’s Punt, Pass, & Kick competition. Laura Hartley’s Speakers Bureau presentation will explore the landscape for women athletes before and after Title IX legislation and how opportunities for women have impacted sports in our country. June 23 at 6:00 PM at Atchison Public Library. Details here.

Dodge City: Growing Up American

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the children of Kansas immigrants lived with their feet planted in two distinct worlds. Immersed in the traditions of their transplanted parents, many young ethnic community members also came to see themselves as authentic Americans — at least to varying degrees. Many children became entirely comfortable in “American settings,” completely familiar with the language and culture of mainstream life on the southern Plains. Isaias J. McCaffery’s Speakers Bureau presentation explores how these children often felt pulled between two identities — with two languages, two behavior patterns, and often two names — not entirely rooted in either camp. June 23 at 7:00 PM at Dodge City Public Library. Details here.

Find more humanities events on KHC’s Calendar of Events.