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February 2015

February 28, 2015

The Secret Life of Henry VIII

Henry VIII was both Renaissance Man and brutal tyrant. He raised England up from the Middle Ages but set the stage for revolution and civil war two generations later. He is famous for his serial matrimony, but as this presentation shows, there’s more to his majesty than lust and worries over an heir. Henry describes his upbringing and his motives for breaking from the Church of Rome as well as his dreams for his people and his realm.

February 27, 2015

Reverend Newton Bush: Terrible Price for Freedom

January 1, 1863 was an historic day in United States history. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, freeing most slaves in the United States. But for enslaved men living in Kentucky and other border states, it was a bittersweet occasion. Lincoln desperately wanted to keep Kentucky loyal to the Union. It was not until 1864, when Kentucky became the last state allowing their enlistment that slaves could join the Union Army. Like many Kentucky-owned slaves, Newton Bush risked his life to escape from his owner and travel to Camp Nelson and enlist in Company E of the 5th Regiment United States Colored Cavalry.

February 27, 2015

The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters

This lively PowerPoint-assisted talk relates the story of these now-acclaimed artists, who taught themselves to paint idyllic versions of the Florida landscape and sell their creations door-to-door during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Their paintings have become the measure of indigenous Florida art and are now celebrated and widely collected. Having written the seminal book that introduced the Highwaymen to the world, Gary Monroe successfully nominated them into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

February 26, 2015

Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire

Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution.

February 25, 2015

Rap 101: The Message behind the Music

If all art is political, what are the political, cultural, and societal implications of rap? What does rap convey about the state of society today? Using music as a catalyst for discussion, Rap 101 explores contemporary popular culture, diversity issues, and social justice through the lyrics of popular rap music. Sometimes called modern day poetry, rap is an integral part of modern culture. There is no question that music provides a social commentary. It has been said that if you want to understand what is going on in any community, listen to its music.

February 24, 2015

"Map of My Kingdom"

"Map of My Kingdom" will resonate with those who have been or are working through challenging land transfer issues. It will inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait.

February 23, 2015

The Green Man in Art, Architecture, and Folklore

This presentation will explore questions of origins, influences, contemporary significance, and the rich insights the character might grant us into the complex story of humankind's relationship with nature.

February 21, 2015

The Ethnic Musicals: Assimilation and Integration

A lecture by Marc Courtade.  The melting pot of America was reflected in the Broadway Musicals. The ethnic musicals of the 1960's and 1970's featured contrasting ethnic groups and wove them into the fabric of the American Musical, successfully and unsuccessfully.

February 20, 2015

Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now

Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region.

February 19, 2015

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

The most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped thousands of enslaved Africans to escape to freedom. Her life story is a monument to courage and fearless resolve. This living history performance depicts this 19th century icon by blending accounts of Tubman's life with an acute sense of Tubman's personal qualities—her emotional depth, profound spirituality and immense intelligence.

February 19, 2015

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She served as a New Deal government official — in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration, and the highest held by an African American woman; was founder of FDR’s “black cabinet”; served as president of the National Association of Colored Women; founded and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women.

February 18, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty

The program willfocus on how ordinary people from throughout New Hampshire positively affected the Portsmouth negotiations. The program customizes each presentation to the program site's local history at the time of the treaty to encourage audiences to join the annual statewide commemoration of "Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day" on September 5.

February 18, 2015

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Eva Abram talks about the history of racism, and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She explores how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans. And she discusses how the invisible divide of racism – fed by both knowledge and ignorance – continues to exist despite progress to eradicate it made in recent decades.

February 17, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: "I, too, am a Kentuckian"

Born on a farm in what is now Larue County, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln spent his early years in the Commonwealth.

February 16, 2015

Underground Railroad Exhibit: Confronting Our Legacy - Slavery and Anti-Slavery in the North

A renovated and expanded exhibition about slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad including hands-on interactives and audio elements.

February 16, 2015

Intrigue on the Village Green: The Election of 1733 at St. Paul's

Raising issues of freedom of the press, freedom of religion and voting rights, the canvass represents one of the earliest documented elections in colonial America, and offers a rare glimpse into the political culture of early America.

February 12, 2015

Understanding Racism through Historical & Contemporary Documents

A reading and discussion series for teens exploring the origins of racism to accompany an exhibit by artist Frohawk Two Feathers.

February 11, 2015

Islam 101: Perceptions, Misconceptions, and Context for the 21st Century

What does it mean to be Muslim in a modern world? What if much of what we believe about Islam is incomplete or simply wrong? For more than 1.3 billion people across the world and many people in Washington state, Islam is not only their religion but also a way of life. Led by scholar David Fenner, this presentation focuses on Islam and the many aspects that form the substance of a rich culture, traditions, and a way of life. Endeavoring to provide a complete and accurate view of Islam, Fenner creates an open atmosphere and encourages free dialogue specifically to promote greater understanding of Islam, its history and its place in the modern world.

February 10, 2015

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

February 9, 2015

Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton

In this presentation by history educator Laurel Sneed, the audience will learn about three courageous African American Tar Heels who escaped to freedom and authored slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern. Sneed will discuss how these three slave narrative authors left their mark on the North American Slave Narrative Literary Tradition. Slave narratives' mission was to convert the hearts and minds of readers so they would become supportive of the anti-slavery cause.

February 8, 2015

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?

 Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.

February 7, 2015

"A Black Homesteader's Struggle"

Philip Burgess uses his poetry and storytelling skills to describe a black family's experience as early settlers in the Missouri River valley of eastern Montana. Seeking refuge from the lynch-mob racism of the post-civil war South, they found dignity and independence on a beautiful and isolated homestead.

February 7, 2015

"A Black Homesteader's Struggle"

Philip Burgess uses his poetry and storytelling skills to describe a black family's experience as early settlers in the Missouri River valley of eastern Montana. Seeking refuge from the lynch-mob racism of the post-civil war South, they found dignity and independence on a beautiful and isolated homestead.

February 5, 2015

(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.

February 4, 2015

I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn through Poetry and Spirituals

Award-winning poet, performer and distinguished scholar Gloria Burgess explores the rich, beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the African-American tradition in a spirited sojourn through words and music. This interactive presentation covers the sometimes hidden meanings of specific spirituals and poems, including how the art helped people cope as they were transported from another culture.

February 3, 2015

Great American Novels: A Contemporary Perspective on Classic Works

A reading and discussion series exploring the characteristics that make works of literature last over time and what makes a novel uniquely American.

February 3, 2015

Guns and America

The topics of gun violence, gun control, and the right to bear arms are constantly in the news. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom to own guns. Why wasn’t this freedom incorporated into the First Amendment, along with freedom of the press, speech, religion, and right of assembly?

February 2, 2015 to February 27, 2015

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

This exhibition provides a number of examples from twentieth-century African American artists—both trained and untrained—that visually respond to this question. These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place. The exhibition surveys the work of forty-five artists, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through photographs, posters, and concise texts.

February 1, 2015

Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong

Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress.

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 30, 2015

Shakespeare Uncovered

Shakespeare Uncovered Returns with Six New Films Telling the Stories Behind Shakespeare’s Greatest Plays, Friday, January 30 at 9 p.m.

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 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 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.

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