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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

August 2017

August 24, 2017

"The Unknown Craftsman: Creating, and Re-creating, Furniture Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"

In the early 20th century, some architects designed not only homes for wealthy clients but also furniture, stained glass windows, rugs and carpets, lighting, and even china and silver service. Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps most well-known, not only for his distinctive design sensibility, but also for his exacting standards.

August 22, 2017

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Experienced family history researcher Elizabeth Anderson will cover the basic “how to’s” for getting started on researching your family roots.

August 21, 2017 to September 21, 2017

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.

August 19, 2017 to September 16, 2017

The Dust Bowl

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition combines the FSA photographs and Ganzel’s interviews to create an eloquent story of human fortitude.

August 19, 2017

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore’s literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore’s successful 19th century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues.

August 18, 2017 to August 19, 2017

Two Rivers Chautauqua/Western Voices

Two Rivers Chautauqua got its start in 2006, thanks to the Museum of Western Colorado, Colorado Humanities, and local donors.  Western Voices is our theme this year.

August 17, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable

Library patrons interested in researching their own family histories get together to discuss problems in their research and share tips on sources and methodology.

August 14, 2017 to September 25, 2017

Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin Traveling Exhibit

Experience Wisconsin Historical Society’s interactive exploration of Wisconsin water history and learn more about your relationship with water.

August 12, 2017

Stories in Stone

Learn about monument styles often found in 19th-century cemeteries such as Hartford’s historic Cedar Hill.

August 4, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

 This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat, and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.

August 2, 2017 to August 4, 2017

Designing Childhood for the American Century-Project Fashion Design Summer Camps-Session 2-"Rock N' Runway" Ages 11-18

This event is part of the "Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century" exhibit. The exhibition includes over 100 historic garments, photographs and objects, as well as an online public-sourced exhibition. The project examines how Eiseman (1899-1988), an important Milwaukee-based fashion designer, created the style of the ideal Post War American child. Through the exploration of her distinctive designs, this project poses questions about the history of childhood, girlhood, race, accessibility, the fashion industry, and elite culture in the American Century.

August 2, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”

When President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt bounded into Washington, D.C. as the youngest President in American history. Bringing his vigorous persona (and his boisterous family) to the White House, “TR” helped catapult the U.S. into a new century.

August 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017

Echoes of World War I

 High Plains Chautauqua -  the theme is Echoes of World War I.  The programs will occur at Aims Community College and various local venues, Greeley, Colorado.

July 2017

July 26, 2017

Iowa's Amazing Public Exposition Palaces

From 1887 through the 1930s more than 40 public exposition palace-type structures were created in at least 30 communities in middle America. This movement was launched by the success of the five Sioux City corn palaces beginning in 1887. Ottumwa produced coal palaces in 1890 and 1891. Blue Grass Palaces were constructed in Creston 1889-1892 and Forest City built flax palaces in 1892 and 1893.  A more modest temporary grain-covered structure was built in downtown Des Moines in 1905 and Iowans constructed a corn covered building for display at the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

July 26, 2017

The Trial of Tom Horn with John Davis

Join experienced attorney John Davis for The Trial of Tom Horn for an examination of the conviction of Tom Horn. Author Davis demonstrates how this trial marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in Wyoming and presents every twist and turn of a fascinating trial. His account illuminates a larger narrative between the power of wealth and the forces of law order.

July 24, 2017

American Politics and Community Today

 A Reading & Discussion Series.

July 22, 2017

Lewis and Clark in Iowa

“Lewis and Clark in Iowa” begins with the story before the expedition: the sale of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. Tracing the 1803 course from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania to St. Charles, Missouri, Shurr discusses the background of the many “players” of the expedition including York, the engages, and Seaman. Moving up the Missouri River focus shifts to events occurring in Iowa such as the death of Sgt. Floyd.

July 22, 2017

Angels of the Kansas Coalfields

When coal was discovered in Southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.

July 16, 2017 to July 20, 2017

National History Day in the Classroom 2017 Teacher Workshop

Hosted by LaGrange College, and part of NHD Georgia’s mentoring and outreach partnership, this workshop will focus on implementing National History Day in the classroom—from topic selection and research, to project development and presentation.

July 13, 2017

Peace Building Traditions

The presentation approaches popular history, folktales, indigenous traditions and the history of resistance to injustice from multiple diverse perspectives.

July 12, 2017

Walt Whitman Live!!

In this one hour program, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Dr. Bill Koch, will highlight major poems from his collection Leaves of Grass, as he celebrates 2005 as the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass.

July 10, 2017

One Soldier's Story by Bob Dole

Long before he was a United States senator, Bob Dole was first a boy growing up in Russell, Kansas.

July 7, 2017

The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a man of many accomplishments. In addition to founding the Republican Party, winning a Civil War and ending slavery in America, Lincoln was an accomplished storyteller and humorist.

July 7, 2017

Revolutionary War Comes to Delaware with Kim Burdick

Have you ever wondered what happened in Delaware during the Revolutionary War? How did the British get from the Head of the Elk River to Chadds Ford for the Battle of the Brandywine? Our speaker is a specialist in Delaware History and folk culture, and audiences of all ages will be amazed to hear letters and writings by colonial Delawareans describing the arrival of the British army and the social upheaval it brought to our colony.

July 6, 2017

Great Expectations and Dashed Hopes: American Indians & the American Revolution with Cara Blume

During the time of the Revolution, many American Indian communities were forced into the difficult position of choosing to support either the British or the Patriot cause. Others attempted to remain neutral or to tread a middle ground between the warring groups. Unfortunately, these choices would impact the lives of their people for generations to come.

July 5, 2017

Women Voted In New York Before Columbus

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn’t make wise decisions for the future. Living in a world free from violence against them, women will not allow a man to hold office if he has violated a woman. Economically independent, they have the final say in matters of war and peace and the absolute right to their own bodies.

This is not a dream. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had this authority — and more — since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores.

July 1, 2017

American Black Journal

American Black Journal, originally titled Colored People’s Time, went on the air in 1968 during a time of social and racial turmoil. The original mission was to increase the availability and accessibility of media relating to African-American experiences in order to encourage greater involvement from Detroit citizens in working to resolve community problems. The show has continued on the air consistently since then, documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives.

June 2017

June 30, 2017

Votes for Women!

2017 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, and in 2020 the nation will celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment.

June 27, 2017

Inspired by Nature

Through presentations and a reading discussion group, numerous writers, musicians, visual artists, and others will share stories of how their lives and work have been inspired by a connection to nature.

June 27, 2017

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Experienced family history researcher Elizabeth Anderson will cover the basic “how to’s” for getting started on researching your family roots.

June 26, 2017

Hands-On Wisconsin History

From the Ice Age to immigration with a smattering of everything in between, join Kurt Griesemer from the Wisconsin Historical Society on an object-based tour of Wisconsin history.

June 26, 2017

Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

Cases of human trafficking have been identified in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Yet most people doubt this, thinking “that can’t be happening here!” If we are in a state of denial, who is helping survivors? Who is working on policies? Who is educating young people about risks?

June 26, 2017

Women Soldiers of the Civil War

This program explores how and why a fascinating group of women defied cultural norms to become soldiers.

June 24, 2017

"Dam, That Took a Long Time"

Grand opening of the exhibit, "Dam, That Took a Long Time," an exhibit that tells the story of the construction of the Wyandotte County Lake during the Great Depression.

June 22, 2017 to July 31, 2017

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition presents images of authors, books, movie stills, public presentations, and illustrations.

June 19, 2017

"The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer Today," by Corey Saffold

Officer Corey Saffold is a law enforcement professional in Madison, and is known in the community for his volunteerism and his work with youth of all ages and demographic backgrounds. In addition to his service throughout the city of Madison, Officer Saffold is entrusted by his superiors to do the sensitive work of policing in one of the city’s larger public high schools as a School Liaison Officer. In his talk, Corey will discuss his experiences as a Black policeman in the wake of multiple, highly publicized killings of unarmed African-Americans by police officers.

June 17, 2017

Marguerite Zorach: An Art Filled Life

The exhibit explores the many ways in which her surroundings, often the subject of her many paintings, prints, poems and textiles, were also shaped by her art.

June 17, 2017

Shakespeare in the State Parks

Summit Players Theatre traveling theatre company is producing free workshops and performances in the Wisconsin State Parks this summer.

June 17, 2017

Dedication Ceremony for the African Burial Ground in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

The public is invited to join us, the NYS Museum, Underground Railroad Society and the Schuyler Flatts Burial Project Committee for a dedication ceremony in honor of 14 people once enslaved by the Schuyler Family of Albany. This dedication will include the installation of a bronze plaque that tells the story of people who lived and died over 200 years ago.

June 16, 2017

The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise.

June 14, 2017

Growing & Aging, a Reading & Discussion series at New York Academy of Medicine

Using literary and historical texts, we will examine how society's notions about aging have changed over time, explore how growing older changes our perception of ourselves and others, and consider where we find satisfaction in later stages of life.

June 12, 2017

The American Revolution and the First War on Terror

Discover the American Revolution you never learned about in school. Why did Native Americans and African Americans support the British? How did a Muslim general come to fight the British with a French ally named Admiral “Satan”? Why did the fighting spread around the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, India to Africa, Arkansas to Gibraltar?

June 10, 2017

The Great Depression and FDR in the Hudson Valley

Franklin Roosevelt grew up along the banks of the Hudson River on his family’s estate in Hyde Park, New York. Years later during the Great Depression, New Deal work programs created by President Roosevelt returned to the Hudson Valley to provide jobs to tens of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers.

June 10, 2017 to July 22, 2015

Hometown Teams in Forsyth

This Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition explores what sports and “hometown teams” mean to Americans, Georgians, and local communities.

June 8, 2017

Back in the USSR

With Russia’s reemergence as a major actor on the world stage, this year’s Portland Seminar turns to great literature for a wider perspective on Russia’s past and the legacy of its Soviet era on the present.

June 8, 2017

The 19th Century Response to Women’s Suffrage

Based on her own original research Dr. Roxanna Pisiak of the Humanities Department at Morrisville State College will address “The 19th Century Upstate Response to Women’s Suffrage.”

June 6, 2017

Homestead Dreams

In 1862, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed one of America’s most important pieces of legislation: The Homestead Act. This far-reaching law impacted Montana then, and does to this very day. Montana has always been a state marked by boom and bust—the fur trade, cattle on the open range, the gold and silver, coal and oil rushes. But no moment in our history has left a mark like that of the “honyocker” or homesteader.

June 6, 2017 to August 26, 2017

March to Freedom

Through renowned photojournalist James “Spider” Martin's camera and the words of Congressman John Lewis, former head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), March to Freedom follows a determined group of marchers, both black and white, as they tried on three different occasions in March 1965 to take their cause to the steps of the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery.

June 3, 2017

Conversation Project: What Are You?

Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future. The number of mixed-race people and interracial families in Oregon is growing. What are the challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race, raising mixed-race children, or being an interracial couple in a state that’s historically been mostly white? How can we openly discuss our own ethnic and racial heritage with each other without being regarded as odd or unusual? How have the answers to “What are you?” changed through the decades?

Dmae Roberts, who has written essays and produced film and radio documentaries about being a biracial Asian American in Oregon, leads a discussion of heritage that goes beyond checking one race on US Census forms.

June 3, 2017

Conversation Project: What Are You?

Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future. The number of mixed-race people and interracial families in Oregon is growing. What are the challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race, raising mixed-race children, or being an interracial couple in a state that’s historically been mostly white? How can we openly discuss our own ethnic and racial heritage with each other without being regarded as odd or unusual? How have the answers to “What are you?” changed through the decades?

Dmae Roberts, who has written essays and produced film and radio documentaries about being a biracial Asian American in Oregon, leads a discussion of heritage that goes beyond checking one race on US Census forms.

June 2, 2017

H2OMG! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World

It feels like not a day goes by without a story in the news that relates to some water issue. Whether it’s lead in schools, drought in California, or dwindling snowpack in Washington, water scarcity is a challenge that needs our attention—now.

June 1, 2017

Reflections West on Yellowstone Public Radio

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.

May 2017

May 31, 2017

Somerville's Oldest Commercial District: Union Square

The Somerville Council on Aging will host a slideshow and discussion about the economic history of Somerville's oldest commercial district, Union Square. The discussion will profile some of the Square's biggest employers beginning in the 1800s, including the meat-packing, glass-blowing, and textile finishing industries. The event will also feature a selection of photographs and histories of businesses spanning the last 100 years

May 30, 2017 to June 27, 2017

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

Based on an exhibition organized by the Amon Carter Museum and The University of Texas at Arlington Library, this Humanities Texas 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.

May 30, 2017

Supporting Pollinators

Join the High Desert Museum for the second event in their series about the role of pollinators in our communities. Pollinators are vulnerable to pests, diseases, and environmental change. This discussion will explore what is being done to help native pollinators and what else we can do to support these vital species. Hear from a range of experts including Dirk Renner of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Katya Spiecker, founder of Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon.

May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017

Architects and Architecture of the West Virginia Coalfields

The exhibit will feature the careers of several prominent architects including Hassel Thomas Hicks and Alex B. Mahood who designed many of the buildings that were built in the region. The exhibit will also feature many prominent buildings designed by these men as well as the work of other architects.

May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017

Texas Writers

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition surveys the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of the literary accomplishments of Texas writers in a series of panels featuring portraits of authors, books, workplaces, narrative settings, and evocative quotations.

April 2017

April 20, 2017 to June 3, 2017

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. These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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