Jackalopes, Hodags, and Other Larger than Life Myths from the American Road
January 25, 2015, 2:00 PM CT
Presented by Erika Nelson
Johnny Kaw shaped Kansas' landscape with his oversized scythe. Lonesome cowboys first sited the mythical Jackalope while riding the range. This lecture will explore the roadside monuments devoted to our fantastical legends, from the Sasquatch of Washington to the Hodag of Wisconsin and the many commemorations of Paul Bunyan around the country. Our legends reflect our culture, growing out of geographically specific lore, while engaging in a favorite American pastime of Tall Tale telling. This presentation examines the origins of the legends, the people who crafted them, and how they reflect the regions they inhabit.
Mitchell County Historical Society
402 W. 8th St.
Beloit, KS 67420-0472
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Sponsored by: Mitchell County Historical Society