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; firstname.lastname@example.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
Baker Wetlands Discovery Center
1365 N. 1250 Rd., Lawrence Who Owns the Water?Wednesday, August 31
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
Carnegie Bldg, 200 W. 9th St., LawrenceOf Mines & MenThursday, September 8
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St., LawrenceSodbusters & RainmakersThursday, September 15
Eudora Area Historical Society
City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St., EudoraDry Kansas Washed AwayThursday, September 29
Friends of the Kaw, Burcham Park shelter
200 Indiana St., LawrenceDam 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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