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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 27, 2014

Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson

The gardens of three eminent American historical figures William Penn, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the focus of this highly visual presentation. The element that binds them together is the Quaker gardening tradition.

September 26, 2014

Heart of the Drum: The Story of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Kansas

The Delaware Indian's history in Kansas is chronicled in this full-length documentary film.

September 25, 2014

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

September 24, 2014

Healing African Dance

Through lecture, video and demonstration, audiences learn about different categories of African dance (e.g., social, folklore and ritual) that are performed in various contexts in African life from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death.

September 23, 2014

Do Not Toss Out Your Grandmother’s Letters; a spirited defense of epistolary voyeurism, or the merits of reading someone else’s mail.

Poet and author Emily Herring Wilson will discuss the art of letter-writing, with a focus on the letters of Elizabeth Lawrence, master garden writer and letter writer, as well as selected letters from other women writers.

September 21, 2014

George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring

The Culper Spy Ring was created on Long Island in 1778 by then-Dragoon Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Setauket, under Washington's leadership.

September 20, 2014

Buffalo Soldiers: Military Heroes of the Southwest

From Medal of Honor recipients to the common trooper, from Indian battles to battles with lawbreakers, learn how a small number of Black troopers made a difference in the lives of law-abiding citizens.

September 19, 2014

Your Florida Story, Made-to-Order

Your group's story is as important a piece of Florida history as that of any other.

September 18, 2014

Steeltowns, Coalfields and the Unbroken Circle

With guitar, banjo and harmonica accompaniment, audiences will be captivated while they learn about the history behind West Virginia's coal industry and about generations of workers in the steel, coal and glass industries of Pittsburgh.

September 15, 2014

Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War

Original, unpublished documents and correspondence from gifted Sandhills women provide unique and fascinating perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North Carolina.

September 14, 2014

Art Deco New York: From the Chrysler Building to the Grand Concourse

In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city's chief architectural language.

September 14, 2014 to September 20, 2014

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Ken Burns’s seven-part, 14-hour documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American

September 13, 2014 to October 24, 2014

Journey Stories

Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – and are a central element of our personal heritage.

September 12, 2014 to September 14, 2014

Living History The Final Invasion Plattsburgh, New York

The Bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have history come alive in an extraordinary way for teachers and the public.

September 11, 2014

Witness to the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Walter Ziffer will present "Witness to the Holocaust."  Using accounts from his own experiences, Ziffer will describe the treatment received by prisoners, liberation by the Soviet army, and beginning a new life after the war.

September 10, 2014

Kansas Women, Work, and the Civil War

Women assumed clerical positions in the U.S. government; turned their homes into cottage factories to make blankets, bandages, and uniforms; and even disguised themselves as men in order to serve as combat soldiers on the battlefield.

September 9, 2014

Frankenstein Lives! The Continuing Relevance of Mary Shelley's Novel

How could such an immortal work have been thought up by a sixteen year old girl in an era when women were not expected to write novels at all, let alone ones with such disturbing and provocative themes?

September 8, 2014

The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, the fact is many of the pioneers of this indigenous American art form were North Carolina born and bred.

September 6, 2014

An Artist in the World Wars

Henry Varnum Poor, a native of Chapman, Kansas, was already an accomplished artist when he was drafted to serve in World War I. His duties along the frontlines were dangerous, but he was able to document his surroundings and fellow soldiers in paintings, drawings, and prints.

September 6, 2014

Tom Milligan: Prairie Rebel

In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids.

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams features forty finely detailed photographs that evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution

This exhibition seeks to explain the immense importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government and features twelve panels charting the progress of former colonies to a united nation.

August 2014

August 29, 2014

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Documentary on the life and work of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange

August 28, 2014

Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State

Dave Ruch presents and tells the stories behind the songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by - farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors, and more - music from the people who settled and built our state.

August 24, 2014

Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725

The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.

August 23, 2014

I Can't Die But Once - Harriet Tubman's Civil War

The US Government enlisted Tubman as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War, but Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

August 21, 2014

Time Travel in Popular Culture

Learn how the depiction of time travel has changed in literature and film and discuss the reasons for its continuing popular appeal.

August 20, 2014

Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.

August 17, 2014

That Reminds Me of a Story

Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity.

August 17, 2014

Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks

Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, promotional materials, explorers' accounts, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more.

August 16, 2014

Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her Into History

Matilda Joslyn Gage offered her Fayetteville, New York home as a station on the Underground Railroad, was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, edited a newspaper, encouraged her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, to write his Oz stories, and worked for the separation of church and state.

August 16, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

August 15, 2014

The Courage to Continue: Changing Homesteads in Nebraska

Cherrie Beam-Clarke, in period attire with Irish brogue, depicts Nebraska life on the prairie, 1870 to 1885. The pioneer stories are factual and reflect the diversity of the people and land from western to eastern Nebraska.

August 15, 2014

A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Legacy

 In Vermont the cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters, and it is these distinctive traditions, which have persisted even with the decline in farm numbers, that help make the state unique.

August 15, 2014

The Roaring '20s in Fox Trot Tempo

Perhaps more than any other decade, the history of the 1920s is captured in the popular music of the day.

August 14, 2014

Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey

Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations.

August 11, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children.

August 9, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education.

August 9, 2014

The History of Trick Roping and the Wild West Show

South of the border in Old Mexico, the charros created rope spinning -making intricate flower designs with ropes. When Vincente Otopeza introduced this trick roping tradition to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1894, he gave American cowboys a different perspective on trick and fancy roping.

August 8, 2014

Dust Covered Dreams

Dust Covered Dreams details the experiences of the Eymann family in Oakdale, Nebraska during the 1930s.  Dust covered the dreams of the Eymanns and changed their futures as it did for thousands of Nebraska families.

August 5, 2014

Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire

In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents.

August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years.

August 2, 2014

Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Sometime in 1822 Harriet Hemings (the second of Sally Hemings' children) left Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, boarded a stagecoach to Philadelphia and all but disappeared.

August 2, 2014

Ukrainian Immigration to the Anthracite Coal Region of NE Pennsylvania

 Audiences learn the reasons for this first major wave of Ukrainian immigration and explore the cultural legacy of the early immigrants.

August 1, 2014

A Monument in Stone and Steel

In 1883, a stone and steel work of art opened to the public, allowing rapid transportation between Brooklyn and New York.

August 1, 2014 to August 29, 2014

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

August 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014

Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas

Discover how dugout canoes have affected life and travel throughout the Americas and explore the world's largest archaeological find - 101 ancient dugouts at Newnans Lake.

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 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898

The first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century.

June 14, 2014 to September 7, 2014

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Retrospective of Jazz Age artist Archibald Motley's scenes of life in the African-American community

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.

May 2014

May 9, 2014 to August 17, 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.

April 2014

April 26, 2014 to August 17, 2014

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation.

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