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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 22, 2014

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone's multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century.  You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

November 21, 2014

Henry Clay - Kentucky's Great Statesman (1777—1852)

Above all, Henry Clay wanted to be president of the United States. Despite never quite making it—he ran and lost three times between 1824 and 1844—Clay played a large role in the history of his country, which he served as a senator, speaker of the house, and secretary of state.

November 20, 2014

Exploring the Ottawa Library

The Ottawa Library has been in existence for 133 years. A panel of library leaders explore the historical impact of the library as it pertains to the quality of life in our community.

November 19, 2014

Dreamers & Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians

For much of its history, Florida was a wild frontier-the perfect place for someone to disappear or start over. Displaced Native Americans and runaway slaves both made Florida their home for just this reason. Osceola, Francisco Menéndez, and Mary McLeod Bethune each knew that Florida offered them a fresh start and the hope of a brighter future.

November 18, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

 In this series, we will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness as we explore the diversity and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

November 17, 2014

Rachel Carson and the Music of the Spheres

This presentation explores the music in Carson's background and writing, and explores why music reflects her love of the natural world. Included are brief readings from Carson's work and a sampling of musical excerpts from works cited in Carson's writings.

November 15, 2014

Grandmother's Dust Bowl Garden

Drawing from first-hand accounts, this talk explores the vegetables, flowers, and medicinal herbs these women cultivated within the harshest conditions during the Great Depression. By experimenting with and cultivating hardy breeds many women were able to augment their families' menu, larder, meals, and mood.

November 14, 2014

The Immortal Fountain: The Fountain of Youth in Florida's History, Mythology and Art

The story of the Fountain of Youth has proved to be amazingly long-lived and multi-cultural, beginning with the accounts of Herodotus who described a fountain located in Ethiopia that was reputed to give exceptional longevity to those who bathed in its waters. Myths of a magical fountain also appear in the Alexander Romances and in popular culture throughout Asia.

November 14, 2014 to November 15, 2014

A Fire Never Extinguished - How the Civil War Continues to Shape Civic and Cultural Life in America

The Civil War casts a long shadow in the United States. As Robert Penn Warren put it in his classic 1961 book, The Legacy of the Civil War, “many clear and objective facts about America are best understood in reference to the Civil War.”

November 13, 2014

The Lewis & Clark Wildflower Discoveries

During their difficult two-year journey, Lewis and Clark collected specimens and wildflowers during the day and dutifully wrote down their discoveries every night by the campfire.

November 13, 2014

Scandinavian Modern Design: Norwegian Enamel

This exhibition focuses on Norwegian enamel production (technology, innovation, and business) and enamel design. Artistic and technical innovations in enamel work were Norway’s greatest, though least remembered, contributions to the Scandinavian Modern Design movement of the mid-twentieth century.

November 12, 2014 to June 14, 2015

Mendes Cohen Living History Character

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

November 11, 2014

Camp Dodge: Home Away From Home, 1917-1918

Speakers Bureau Program with Michaela Vogt.  Forty-five minute presentation on the organization, construction, disease, camp life, and other facets of military training conducted at Camp Dodge during World War I. The presentation includes an accompanying slide show of period photographs from the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum collection.

November 10, 2014

Stories of Florida - Con Sabor!

Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino - with a little bit of Latino flavor!

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.

November 9, 2014

Grass Between the Rails

The subjects cover events of national importance such as the race across Iowa to connect with the transcontinental railroad to the West, and local history, including the poor service offered by the "Slow Norwegian."

November 8, 2014

Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56

Participants will explore the causes of the war, cultural misunderstandings and the consequences of fearing a stereotyped “other.” Because there is no simple “right” answer, attendees may also begin to empathize with both sides in a long-ago struggle.

November 7, 2014

Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories

Presentation by Jerome Kills Small.  Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends).

November 6, 2014

Sevdalinka: A Musical Tour of Bosnia

Drawn from Turkish, Greek, Slavic and German traditions, sevdalinka is a ballad form unique to Bosnia.

November 5, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

November 4, 2014

Florida History from Palmetto-Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass

Experience Florida through the milieu of three women authors, in character and costume: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Each wrote a book that put Florida on the map - in 1873, 1938, and 1947, respectively.

November 3, 2014

America's Greatest Conflict: Novels of the Civil War

Sometimes historical facts alone are not enough to evoke the truth of the past -- perhaps this is what Walt Whitman meant when he claimed of the Civil War that 'the real war will never get into the books.' In these selections, novelists use their imaginative powers to re-create the greatest upheaval in our history in a way that touches emotions and senses as much as the intellect.  

November 2, 2014

Caring for Foreign Bodies, the Role of Healthcare in the Transformation of Aliens into Americans

Talk by Dr. Alan M. Kraut, American University, to be held in association with the exhibit Port of Entry to a Continent: Hoboken and the Federal Immigration Process, 1892-1924.

November 1, 2014

Buen Provecho: The History of Food in Latin America

An exhibit focusing on food in Latin American culture to be held in connection with the Newark Public Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

October 2014

October 31, 2014

Friedrich Nietzsche on European Nihilism

This conference will focus on the issue of moral meaninglessness, Nihilism, and its effects. 

October 30, 2014

How the Internet Changed the Media and Why Newspapers, Music, and Television Will Never Be the Same

Among the topics to be explored: will there be a printed newspaper in any city ten years from now? Will newsstands and bookstores disappear as fast as record stores? Will movie theaters exist in their present form? Will prime-time television vanish?

October 29, 2014 to November 1, 2014

2014 Native American Days

Native American Days 2014 will feature Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, games, food, dancing, singing, primitive weapons and children’s activities.

October 29, 2014

If I am Not For Myself, Who Will Be for Me? George Washington's Runaway Slave

Oney Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely "the girl." All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story.

October 28, 2014

A Soldier's Mother Tells Her Story

Speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sharon Wood offers an informative and sensitive reflection on that sacrifice from a mother's perspective.

October 27, 2014

Book Voyagers "The World Around Us"

Sessions will explore multi-cultural books and stories.

October 26, 2014

Celebrating the Manteo Sicilian Marionette Tradition in New York

This distinctive art form of marionette theater emerged in Sicily in the early nineteenth century, though the tradition of performing the Orlando cycle with marionettes dates back to the sixteenth century.

October 26, 2014

Created Equal: Conversations on the American Social Contract

Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contract today.

October 24, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history.

October 24, 2014

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.

October 23, 2014

Oh Heavens! Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier

Meet five altruistic women who influenced the history of the Arizona territory.

October 23, 2014

Created Equal: Conversations on the American Social Contract

Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contract today.

October 22, 2014

Muslim Journeys Films

Muslim Journeys Films are free, library-based film and discussion series.

October 21, 2014

Still Allies? The U.S. and Europe

World in Your Library is a free, library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

October 20, 2014

Thanksgiving: The Great American Holiday

The evolution of Thanksgiving, from the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621 to the present day, this program explores what this holiday and its food traditions mean for American culture and identity.

October 19, 2014

Patchwork of the Prairie

Yvonne Hollenback presents a trunk show of approximately 30 quilts made by members of the same family spanning 135 years. The stories behind both the quilters and the quilts themselves are shared and accompanied with some of Hollenbeck’s own cowboy/cowgirl poetry.

October 19, 2014

Created Equal: Conversations on the American Contract

Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contract today.

October 18, 2014

Beyond the Textbooks

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Traitor's Wife, by Allison Pataki.

October 17, 2014

“The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck

From the TALK series, Living with the Land.   Discussion Leader: Sandra Wiechert.

October 16, 2014

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History Preserved in Their Quilts

Beginning with 1860s Mexican women, through 1990s Hopi women, this presentation introduces women who pioneered Arizona through quilts they stitched.

October 15, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

The traveling exhibition spans the mapmaking enterprise, beginning with the earliest known map to show the Texas edge of the Gulf (1512) and ending with an 1873 map of Texas showing the right of way granted to railroads.

October 14, 2014

What it Means to be a Mainer

Within a meticulously researched performance, Maine at Work takes historical documents and characters, humor, little known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), and perspectives from real Mainers to show the pattern of work in Maine.

October 13, 2014

A Century of Fashion, 1870 - 1970

Sue McLain, owner of Yesterday’s Lady, a vintage fashion museum/store in Beatrice, has been traveling the Midwest since 1991 sharing her extensive collection of clothing from 1840 through 1980 and teaching groups about the history of fashion.

October 12, 2014

The Engine of Infrastructure by railroad historian Robert Hirning

Mr. Hirning quotes Edna St. Vincent Millay in saying "There isn't a train I wouldn't take no matter where it’s going."

October 12, 2014

Mary Settles: The Last Shaker at Pleasant Hill

Mary Settles saw the Civil War from the point of view of the Shakers, her adopted extended family.

October 12, 2014

President U.S. Grant

Step back to the Civil War era and listen to tales and personal history from one of America’s most famous generals. This Chautauqua-style portrayal takes Ulysses S. Grant from personal mediocrity to his promotion to the highest-ranking general in the Union Army.

October 11, 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Stiff Upper Lips

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and The Woman in White film presentation by Dr. Celeste McMaster. Dr. McMaster specializes in 19th century British literature, with secondary emphases in 20th century British and creative writing.

October 11, 2014

Creekside Festival

This year, the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with the addition of more historical demonstrators and even more exciting family activities.

October 10, 2014

Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilt Workshop

Learn about Kansas quilts from the early 20th century and the unique collaborations that sparked "the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon" and some of the finest quilts of the 20th century.

October 9, 2014

Church and State: Religion and Politics in America

How did these traditions begin, and what issues prompted their adoption? What does their ongoing practice say about religious identity in American public life?

October 9, 2014

"Dia de los Muertos" - A Celebration of Life and Death

 To understand Día de los Muertos one has to set aside preconceived notions.

October 8, 2014

Mark Twain: American Icon

Through his characters and stories, Twain single-handedly put American literature on the map.  Chautaugua performed by actor: Robert Brock.

October 6, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate

The exhibition based on Melina Mara's work, was created by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

October 6, 2014

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is a series of four important documentary film screenings at multiple locations across Colorado. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, partnering with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.

October 5, 2014

Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales

The dramatic retellings, some sung as ballads, are accompanied on 16th Century Renaissance lute set to 16th century French and English ballad tunes.

October 4, 2014

Strong Celtic Women

In this presentation, the speaker will draw on his own publications and personal knowledge, as well as the most recent findings of genome studies to explore centuries of strong Celtic women.

October 4, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Presented by Charlotte Endorf. Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

October 3, 2014

Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past

In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. 

October 2, 2014

Every Person Their Own Historian: A Quick Lesson on Doing Oral History

 All participants will receive examples of oral history release forms, sample questions, and ideas for doing oral history. 

October 1, 2014

Women and the World Wars First Discussion: Return of the Soldier

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West.

October 1, 2014 to November 21, 2014

Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition narrates the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation, and the consequences of that vote.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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

October 2013

October 30, 2013 to October 30, 2014

Marshall Field and Selfridge

Beyond breaking new ground in retail, both Field and Selfridge inspired social change. For example, their popularized slogan "give the lady what she wants" helped women gain the freedom to shop and socialize without their husbands. Moreover, their "Bargain Basement" de-stratified economic classes in retail, providing high-quality merchandise at an affordable price.

September 2013

September 29, 2013 to October 1, 2014

edUi 2014 Conference

edUi offers a rare lineup of speakers, including top web innovators that will inspire and enlighten web designers, developers, managers, and user experience and interaction design professions from any industry.