Kansas Basketball and the 1936 Olympics

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April 26, 2015, 2:00 PM CT

Presented by Lorraine Madway

The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin are most remembered for the worldwide political tensions in the early days of Adolf Hitler's rise to power. Little remembered is that it was also the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport. The gold medal U.S. team was composed in large part by Kansans who played on an industrial league team, the Globe Refiners of McPherson. The presentation celebrates the historic connections of basketball in Kansas to the 1936 Olympics and provides an opportunity to examine the culture of community sporting events during this time. This presentation will include a showing of a short KHC-funded documentary from the McPherson perspective, Oil & Gold: The McPherson Globe Refiners Basketball Story, produced by the McPherson CVB and Keith Cantrell.

The Corner Store
129 E Main St
Glasco, KS 67445-0572
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Sponsored by: Glasco Community Foundation

For more information about this event, please contact:
Joan Nothern
(785) 568-0120