Area Organizations to Host “Shared Stories of the Kansas Land” History Events

Kansas Humanities Council News Release

Contact: Leslie Von Holten, Director of Programs, Kansas Humanities Council
(785) 357-3059; leslie@kansashumanities.org

Area Organizations to Host “Shared Stories of the Kansas Land” History Events

Lawrence, KS—The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), in partnership with five Douglas County organizations, invites the public to attend “Shared Stories of the Kansas Land,” a series of five readers’ theater programs.

Created from historical letters, diaries, and newspaper articles, the programs highlight the relationship between Kansans and their shared environmental history, including the birth of agriculture, the 1930s Dust Bowl, mining and industry, the impact of dams, and Kansas water rights. 

“The Kansas stories featured in the readers’ theater programs often come straight from the heart. They help provide real insight into how different generations of Kansans have viewed and valued stewardship of our natural resources. These programs will offer a great chance for discussions on where we go from here,” shared Julie Mulvihill, KHC’s executive director.

The event series will begin Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 PM at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N. 1250 Rd. Jay Antle, Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College, will facilitate a discussion following the reading of “Who Owns the Water?” Other participating organizations are Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (Aug. 31), Watkins Museum of History (Sept. 8), Eudora Historical Society (Sept. 15), and Friends of the Kaw (Sept. 29).

The full schedule of events are free, open to the public, and are made possible by support from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation.

Event details:

Saturday, August 20
2:00 p.m.
Baker Wetlands Discovery Center
1365 N. 1250 Rd., Lawrence
Who Owns the Water?

Wednesday, August 31
7:00 p.m.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
Carnegie Bldg, 200 W. 9th St., Lawrence
Of Mines & Men

Thursday, September 8
7:00 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Sodbusters & Rainmakers

Thursday, September 15
7:00 p.m.
Eudora Area Historical Society
City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St., Eudora
Dry Kansas Washed Away

Thursday, September 29
7:00 p.m.
Friends of the Kaw, Burcham Park shelter
200 Indiana St., Lawrence
Dam the Rivers!

About the Kansas Humanities Council

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, please visit www.kansashumanities.org.

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