Humanities Happenings 7/8-7/14

Vernon Rickman at work at the Smithsonian. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution archives.

Vernon Rickman at work at the Smithsonian. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution archives.

Newton: Soulful Life of a Kansas Artist

The Carriage Factory Art Gallery hosts the opening of “Vernon Rickman: Soulful Life of a Kansas Artist,” an exhibition exploring the life and work of Vernon Rickman, a Newton native who was staff artist and sculptor at the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition is part of an oral history project supported by a KHC Heritage Grant. Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 PM at Carriage Factory Art Gallery. Details here. 

Park City: At Home on the Range

Community cookbooks have carried the stories of Kansas women over the years, sharing sentiments of home, family, and faith. Louis 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. These humble publications show that food, home, community, and faith were the foundation upon which Kansas women constructed their lives. Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 PM at Park City Public Library. Details here.

Lincoln: 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 Bates’ pictorial history 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. Angela Bates’ Speakers Bureau presentation explores the stories of children conceived in slavery but born free, the experiences of mothers during this transitional time, and how baby names were changed or used to reflect attitudes about free-born children. Sunday, July 10 at 2:30 PM at Lincoln County Historical Society. Details here. 

Garden City, Osborne, and Kensington: 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 when at age 12 she became the first girl to reach the finals of the NFL’s Punt, Pass, & Kick competition. Laura Hartley’s Speakers Bureau presentation explores the landscape for women athletes before and after Title IX legislation and how opportunities for women have impacted sports in our country.
Wednesday, July 13 at 6:00 PM at Finney County Public Library. Details here.
Thursday, July 14 at 12:00 PM at Osborne Public Library. Details here.
Thursday, July 14 at 5:00 PM at Kensington Community/School Library. Details here.

Dodge City: Kansas Legends and Folktales

Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them to herd cattle. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. Rancher Henry Mudge wrecking pianos, shooting sheep, and fooling European dignitaries. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales, but these exaggerated narratives help us understand the character of our state and its people. Jim Hoy’s Speakers Bureau presentation explores some of the many Kansas legends and folktales and help audiences decipher between a myth (folk religion), legend (folk history), and tale (folk literature). Sponsored by Kansas Genealogical Society. Thursday, July 14 at 2:00 PM at The Learning Center. Details here.

Kansas City: Podcast Party

Enjoy a burger and hear Kansas City area news reporters discuss new and interesting podcasts, including the Archiver podcast about Kansas history, supported by a KHC Humanities grant. Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 PM at Westport Flea Market. Details here.

Holton: 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 and the revival of soda fountains across the nation. Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 PM at Jackson County Historical Society. Details here.

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