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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

January 2015

January 31, 2015

Civil War in Missouri: A State Divided

Missouri’s status as a border state forced many of its citizens to make difficult decisions and choose sides in a complex situation that resulted in a bitter, divisive, brutal, and psychological war within a war. Organized along three broad themes, the exhibition looks at the contest for the hearts, minds, and bodies of Missouri’s citizens.

January 29, 2015

Ration to Fashion

Presented by Marla Day, Curator at Kansas State University's Textile Museum.  During WWII, war restrictions on clothing led to the "Make Do & Mend" campaign. Learn how homemakers were encouraged to recycle clothing due to fabric shortages.

January 29, 2015

Old Vero Ice Age Site and the Pleistocene People Who Lived There 15,000 Years Ago

Dr. Hemmings, lead archaeologist at the Old Vero Ice Age Site, will discuss the Pleistocene peoples who colonized Florida during the Ice Age, the co-existence of humans and animals. He will talk about life as it was, many centuries ago, in what is now Indian River County, based on past excavations of the Vero Man site, and discuss expectations for future digs.

January 27, 2015

Boom and Bust of the 1920's

The 1920s had a profound and long-lasting influence upon the Sunshine State's architecture, literature, rural and urban life, and race relations.

January 24, 2015

Reno Chamber Orchestra: Pre-Concert Talk and Concert

Multitalented cellist-conductor-composer Emilio Colón makes his debut with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, performing the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra by British composer Benjamin Britten composed for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich.

January 24, 2015

Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, this presentation shows how Florida moved from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, this presentation moves from the Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues facing the Sunshine State in the 21st century.

January 21, 2015

The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas.

January 20, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

Lecture by Robert Shetterly. In his lecture, Mr. Shetterly will share the portraits and the impacts of individuals who have fought for civil rights. In the story of his own journey to becoming a social justice activist, the audience will be inspired to consider how they too can take part in improving their communities and enriching the lives of others.

January 19, 2015

American Indian Imagery in Mascots

Presented by Jason Felihkatubbe (Choctaw), University of Oklahoma.  Explore the history behind the use of American Indian imagery in sports. Hear insights from those familiar with the National Congress of American Indians.

January 19, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: From Springfield, Illinois to Exeter, New Hampshire and Beyond

Lincoln's political life evolved from humble origins to culminate in the presidency of the United States and his leadership during the American Civil War. An illustrated lecture traces the crucial political years of transition from 1858 to 1861 when Lincoln became a national candidate for office and traveled widely.

January 17, 2015

Beyond the Textbooks

A four-part reading and discussion series that uses literature and nonfiction to understand the experiences of ordinary people in the American Revolution.

January 16, 2015

Care and Digitization of Photographs

See the results of a multi-month project to organize, digitize, and archive 500 photographs of Herington from the late 1800s to 1920.

January 16, 2015

Trailing Daniel Boone – D.A.R. Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915

One hundred years ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution left for us all a legacy of patriotic commemoration—Daniel Boone’s Trail. During 1912-1915, the Daughters in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky erected 45 metal tablets across four hundred miles to honor the life of Daniel Boone and to mark for future generations his path through the Appalachian Mountain barrier, a path that enabled America’s Western Movement.

January 15, 2015

The Roots of Music – Exploring Earth’s Soundscapes

One of the finest achievements of humanity is the vibrant musical heritage represented by every historical age, culture, and society—including today’s technological advancements that make the most music available to the most people than ever before.

January 14, 2015

Women and the World Wars: "The Madonnas of Leningrad"

A reading and discussion series exploring the experiences of women during World War I & World War II through novels. Participants will discuss The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean.

January 12, 2015 to February 7, 2015

The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers' visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.

January 10, 2015 to January 10, 2015

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

John Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture. In this presentation, Gregory McNamee looks at the Duke’s long career in Arizona and the memories he left behind.

January 10, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Moving West

In her beloved series of books for young people, Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed pioneer life as an idyllic adventure, filled with warmth and love.

January 9, 2015

Fire From the Kansas Sky: The Piatt Street Plane Crash of 1965

This presentation explores why the plane crashed, how the community responded, and how race relations in Wichita were further strained because of the disaster.

January 8, 2015

Rationing Food During the Depression

The 1930s were a trying time for most Kansans. Learn how people lived through the Depression by hearing what they ate.

January 7, 2015

GO! Sense of Place Lectures Series: Native American Art of Oregon

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series produced by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another. Lectures explore natural history, cultural history, art, and other humanities-related topics.

January 7, 2015 to March 1, 2015

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art

This exhibition addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?”  This exhibition provides a number of examples from twentieth-century African American artists—both trained and untrained—that visually respond to this question.

January 6, 2015

"Reflections West"

Reflections West is a weekly radio program that presents the thoughts of writers and scholars on the American West. These thinkers pair their own thoughts with a passage from literature and history.

January 6, 2015 to January 19, 2015

The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Exhibition featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition surveys the Civil Rights Movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s.

January 6, 2015

Tambien La Luvia (Even the Rain)

The film explores the skyrocketing costs of water in third world counties when the water supply has been outsourced to multinational corporations. With its emphasis on conflicting water rights, it prefigures the kind of political conflicts that are and that will continue in Kansas as water supplies diminish.

January 3, 2015

The Power of Place: Eudora Welty

In conjunction with the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Copiah-Lincoln Junior College will host a seminar series entitled “The Power of Place: The Natchez Impact on Five Extraordinary Authors” to highlight five Mississippi authors whose works reflect a deep Natchez influence. Each seminar will feature a different author and will include discussions on the author’s life and works by scholars, family members, and friends.

January 2, 2015

Hometown Teams in Rice County

The project is part of "Hometown Teams," a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

January 1, 2015 to January 4, 2015

RACE: Are We So Different

RACE brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations.

December 2014

December 29, 2014 to February 7, 2015

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista

Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957) was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the twentieth century.

December 16, 2014

Unburied Treasures: Clarence John Laughlin

This humanities series is comprised one-hour programs exploring art, literature and music at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

December 15, 2014

Terza Domenica Heritage Series - Nativity Scene and other Italian Christmas Traditions

Nativity scenes are very popular in Italy and are generally found in every household. This tradition dates back to the 13th century and to St. Francis of Assisi. The nativity scenes are associated with Naples, which turned them into an art form. The artisans who have carried on their craft from father to son have organized into a guild that protects their traditions.

December 15, 2014

“The March” by E. L. Doctorow

From the TALK series, The Civil War.  General William Tecumseh Sherman's famous March, the rapacious scorched-earth tromping of Union forces across Georgia and the Carolinas, seemed designed to prove his slogan that "war is hell."  Doctorow in this novel brings to bear a perspective that blends panoramic overview with local experience, freely mixing fictional creations with historical figures.

December 13, 2014

READ from the START (Pre-K)

Read from the Start participants will read and discuss children's books, explore extension activities, and review the role of the parent/caregiver in a child's language development.

December 12, 2014

The Waters of Kansas: A Look at Kansans' Relationship to Water

A series of documentary short films about water in Kansas with public discussions taking place in Burlington, Colby, Great Bend, and Wichita.

December 11, 2014

Sunflower Journeys 2014 - Touring Kansas

A series of programs related to Kansas history, geography and culture that covers a broad range of topics illustrating various aspects of the past, present and future of the Sunflower State.

December 11, 2014

From "Birth of a Nation" to Ken Burns: The Civil War in Cinema

For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, join film scholar Lance Rhoades in a conversation about the cinema the war has inspired and how it reflects changes in our nation.

December 10, 2014

Lily May Ledford: Coon Creek Girl

Lily Mae Ledford grew up in a musical family in eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. She wanted to fiddle so badly that she traded her most precious possession – a box of crayons – for a broken-down instrument that didn’t have strings, tuning pegs or a bow. She eventually became better known for banjo picking than fiddling, but that old fiddle helped launch a career that brought Lily Mae and her Kentucky mountain music to a national audience.

December 9, 2014

"Reflections West"

Reflections West is a weekly radio program that presents the thoughts of writers and scholars on the American West. These thinkers pair their own thoughts with a passage from literature and history.  Reflections West's aim is simple: to circulate—as widely as possible—wonderful passages of literature and history of the West in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way.

December 4, 2014

Nebraska's Musical Smorgasbord: Music from Various Ethnic Groups in Nebraska

Explore the rich diversity of folk music that has been a part of Nebraska's history from the time it was a territory to the present day.

December 2, 2014

The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world.

December 2, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

The participants will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness, diversity, and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

December 1, 2014

The Way We Worked in Palm Harbor

The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.  The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story.

December 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Southwest Michigan in the Civil War

Exhibit visitors will learn about the life of a local soldier from recruitment to training camp, and arrival on the battlefield.

November 2014

November 29, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

 A humanities-based family reading program with six storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.

November 28, 2014

Cornhusking: Harvesting the Spirit of Athletic Competition - Smoky Hills Public TV Airing

This film supports "Harvesting the Spirit of Competition," a special exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center that explores the Kansas State Cornhusking competition. The project is part of "Hometown Teams," a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

November 25, 2014

Corn and Khrushchev

Speakers Bureau Program.  Liz Garst recounts the history of agricultural development in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Garst tells how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family in 1959.

November 24, 2014

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Crime and Punishment

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma Reading and Discussion Group.  A Lesson Before Dying.  Presented by Abigail Keegan.

November 12, 2014 to June 14, 2015

Mendes Cohen Living History Character

Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of!

November 10, 2014 to January 5, 2015

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

October 2014

October 25, 2014 to May 17, 2015

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History

On October 25, 2014, the shipwreck La Belle will be reconstructed live at the Bullock Museum in the special exhibition,

September 2014

September 27, 2014 to February 1, 2015

Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University 1917-1963

Exhibition and series of public programs exploring the history of the region between 1917 and 1963.

September 26, 2014 to May 25, 2015

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion chronicles the complex history of the Chinese in America, from the early days of the China trade to the history of Chinese immigration and the life of Chinese Americans.

September 17, 2014 to January 24, 2015

The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity

This exhibition illustrates Jan Karski’s mission of courage during World War II, and his subsequent life and testimony.

September 7, 2014 to December 12, 2014

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

The story of how African, European, and indigenous cultural traditions have interacted over a period of more than 500 years to form the distinctive culture of this fascinating area of the largest country in South America.

July 2014

July 8, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack

This exhibition that uses art, photography, and oral histories to explore the daily life of those who work in the stable areas of New York's thoroughbred racetracks.

June 2014

June 9, 2014 to February 1, 2015

Earthquakes, Chukars and Millionaires: The Mackay Mines Story

The exhibit celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial, and it will be interactive and encourage visitor participation; for example, visitors will see and have an opportunity to attempt a 1920s geology exam.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

Exhibition on the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement

January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Depots of Iowa: The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center