Humanities Happenings 11/19-11/20

"Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story." Image courtesy of Prairie Hollow Productions.

“Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.” Image courtesy of Prairie Hollow Productions.

Take a journey this weekend to learn about our shared history, experience the Kansas landscape, and consider what it takes to create a new home.

Dodge City & St. Francis: Kansas Legends and Folktales

Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them to herd cattle. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. 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).
Dodge City: November 19 at 2:00 PM at Boot Hill Museum. Details.
St. Francis: November 20 at 2:00 PM at Cheyenne Center for Creativity. Details.

Goodland: Dressing for Success, Victorian Style

Victorian Women in the United States and Britain took upward of four hours to dress themselves per day, and they usually had a maid to help them dress. Sara Jane Richter’s Speakers Bureau presentation explores why women endured such restrictive and sometimes deadly clothing, as well as the elements, purpose, and the proper way to put it all on. November 19 at 10:00 AM MT at the High Plains Museum. Details.

Garden City: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

In 1990 Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian revolution. Now he finds himself running a grocery store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. His only companions are two fellow African immigrants, a Congolese waiter and a Kenyan engineer, who share his feelings of frustration with and bitter nostalgia for their home continent. Told in a haunting and powerful first-person narrative that casts the streets of D.C. and Addis Ababa through Sepha’s eyes, Dinaw Mengestu’s novel illuminates what it means to lose a family and country — and what it takes to create a new home. Byron Caminero-Santangelo leads the TALK book discussion at the Finney County Public Library on November 19 at 11:00 AM. Details.

Manhattan: A Flint Hills Love Story

Prairie Hollow Productions and the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation host a screening of “Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.”  The documentary film, supported by a KHC Humanities grant, focuses on the efforts to create a national park in the Flint Hills of Chase County. November 20 at 1:00 PM at Wareham Opera House. Details.

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