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Speaker Details Image of Jay Antle) Jay Antle   Irrigation in Kansas Water irrigation has made Kansas an agricultural powerhouse, but it has also opened the floodgates for unintended consequences such as lawsuits, soil salinity, water scarcity Speaker Details Image of Jay Antle) Jay Antle   From Fort Laramie to Standing Rock: The Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy For most Americans, the debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline comes down to images of protesters facing off against militarized police Speaker Details Image of Prisca Barnes) Prisca Barnes   The Dockum Drugstore Sit-in In July 1958, Black students gathered at downtown Wichita's Dockum Drugstore to stage a peaceful protest against the unequal practice of segregation. What happened during the three-week sit-in? Speaker Details Image of Angela Bates) Angela Bates   Children of the Promised Land Nicodemus, a small unincorporated town in Graham County, is the only remaining western town that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Speaker Details Image of Sarah Bell) Sarah Bell   Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua Chautauqua was a movement that focused on moral education and self-improvement through programs on reform, religion, and culture. The movement was useful for advancing the cause of “womanhood." Speaker Details Image of Debra Bolton) Debra Bolton   Strangers in Town – Film Discussion* Strangers in Town tells the story of how global migration transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. Speaker Details Image of Rex Buchanan) Rex Buchanan   Water, Energy, and Rural Kansas: How They’re Connected, What the Future May Hold Explores the complex relationship between natural resources, renewable energy sources, public land access, and population trends in both rural and urban areas. Speaker Details Image of Rex Buchanan) Rex Buchanan   Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills For centuries before European arrival, Native people lived on the plains, and some left behind rock carvings on soft sandstone in the middle of the state.  Speaker Details Image of Beverley Olson Buller) Beverley Olson Buller   William Allen White and the KKK in Kansas: "A Real American Goes Hunting" The tumultuous 1924 Kansas Gubernatorial campaign was the time William Allen White chased the Ku Klux Klan out of Kansas. Speaker Details Image of John Burchill ) John Burchill   Four Horsemen and a Sage Fighting the rising tide of nativist sentiment in the early 20th century, a few Kansas leaders took a stand and worked to stop the forces of intolerance in our state. Speaker Details Image of Michaeline Chance-Reay) Michaeline Chance-Reay   The Harvey Girls The Harvey House chain of restaurants got its start in Topeka, Kansas, when Fred Harvey opened a café geared to those traveling on the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway line. Speaker Details Image of Gene T. Chávez) Gene T. Chávez   The Vaqueros The horse-mounted livestock herding tradition of the Vaqueros originated on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe and was adopted by settlers and cowboys in the American West. Speaker Details Image of Gene Chávez ) Gene Chávez   Flour Power During the period of the Mexican Revolution, many immigrants made their way to Kansas to raise their families and work in the railroad, agricultural, industrial, and hospitality sectors of the state. Speaker Details Image of Audrey Coleman) Audrey Coleman   “I would like to express my views . . .”: Kansans Write to Congress, 1960-1968 Explore the concerns and views of everyday Kansans during the influential decade of the 1960s, a period of change for many Kansas communities. Speaker Details Image of Audrey Coleman) Audrey Coleman   Out of the Darkness: Records of the Vietnam War As records of the Vietnam War are located, declassified, and cataloged, a more complete story of the war is emerging. Speaker Details Image of Stacy Davidson) Stacy Davidson   In Their Own Words: The Ancient Egyptians Universal themes of love, strife, worry, and death found in Egyptian writings show a world not dissimilar from our own. Speaker Details Image of Deborah Divine) Deborah Divine   Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilt Workshop In the early 1900s, Emporia was home to an innovated group of quilters. Speaker Details Image of Phil S. Dixon) Phil S. Dixon   The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League, they sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. Speaker Details Image of José Faus) José Faus   They Changed My Name This presentation brings together the dynamics of immigration told through the lens of visual art and poetry. Speaker Details Image of Jim Gray) Jim Gray   Head ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. Speaker Details Image of Louise Hanson) Louise Hanson   Tasting the Past: Exploring Kansas Food Memories Food is a powerful expression of cultural memory. This presentation explores food traditions from a number of ethnic populations in Kansas, including German, Czech, Italian, Jewish, and others. Speaker Details Image of Jerry Harper) Jerry Harper   Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat) When J.R. Brinkley arrived in Milford, Kansas, in 1917, with a suspect medical diploma in hand and just $23 in his pocket, few would have imagined the notoriety he would attain over the next 25 years in medicine, politics, and broadcasting. Speaker Details Image of Laura Hartley) Laura Hartley   The Kansas Whirlwind: Peter Mehringer and Sports of the Depression Era This presentation explores the incredible story of Kansas wrestler Peter Mehringer and his rise to Olympic fame. Speaker Details Image of Cindy Higgins) Cindy Higgins   Fresh Produce: Kansas's Orchardists, Market Growers, and Truck Farmers Historical presentation highlighting commercial specialty crops, agriculture experimentation, horticultural "royalty" marketing, and the evolving local foods movement. Speaker Details Image of Cash Hollistah) Cash Hollistah   Sunflower Music This presentation highlights numerous artists and musicians from the Sunflower State and takes a deeper look into how the power of place informs and inspires us musically. Speaker Details Image of Priscilla Howe) Priscilla Howe   Grimm for Grownups In the 19th century, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm traveled Europe collecting folktales, most of which were never intended for children. Why did the Grimm Brothers document these stories? Speaker Details Image of Jim Hoy) Jim Hoy   Kansas Legends and Folktales Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them to herd cattle. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales. Speaker Details Image of Daniel Ireton) Daniel Ireton   Games I Play with My Father: Building Connections Through Board Games This presentation focuses on how designer board games can connect players to history and how play brings communities together across varying backgrounds and generations. Speaker Details Image of Neill Kennedy) Neill Kennedy   Testimony and Communal Memory Testimonio is a political tradition across Latin America and typically features first-person narration of one’s lived experiences. Speaker Details Image of Linda O’Nelio Knoll) Linda O’Nelio Knoll   The Amazon Army In 1921, thousands of women marched on the Southeast Kansas coal mines in support of striking miners. Speaker Details Image of Liz Kowalchuk) Liz Kowalchuk   Kansas’ Local Architecture: History, Place, and Identity Discover stories of Kansas’ everyday built environment and consider what happens to these structures over time. Speaker Details Image of Dave Loewenstein) Dave Loewenstein   If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas Murals Explore the artist, meaning, and stories behind the state's rich collection of public murals, from the iconic John Steuart Curry murals in the Kansas Statehouse to the post office murals of the New Deal to the many community murals across the state. Speaker Details Image of Amy Longa) Amy Longa   Strangers in Town – Film Discussion* Strangers in Town tells the story of how global migration transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. Speaker Details Image of Kirk R. MacGregor) Kirk R. MacGregor   Rethinking the Sermon on the Mount This presentation examines the historical context surrounding Jesus' longest teaching, The Sermon on the Mount. Speaker Details Image of Aaron Margolis) Aaron Margolis   Shifting Waters: International Conflict & Cooperation The Rio Grande, like many waterways that serve as international borders, has been endowed with both symbolic and practical importance Speaker Details Image of Isaias McCaffery) Isaias McCaffery   Foam on the Range Kansas was on the forefront of the temperance movement, eventually becoming the first state to prohibit alcohol consumption. This enforced abstinence clashed considerably with immigrants who had settled across the state. Speaker Details Image of Kaye McIntyre) Kaye McIntyre   Veterans' Voices: Oral History Workshop An oral history workshop providing family, friends, and community members the skills to interview those who served our country. Speaker Details Image of Heidi Mehl) Heidi Mehl   Land Ethics and Water Resources In 1949 Aldo Leopold sparked the modern conservation movement with his treatise on “land ethics”. Speaker Details Image of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg   Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason Speaker Details Image of Erika Nelson) Erika Nelson   Spectacular Failures: Changing the Way You Think About Failure Can Breathe New Life into Creative Endeavors This facilitated discussion examines true stories of failure and adversity and discusses the unexpected lessons learned. Speaker Details Image of Erika Nelson) Erika Nelson   Transforming the Commonplace: Seed Portraits, Hair Wreaths, and Butter Sculptures This presentation features the stories of three women who pioneered the transformations of commonplace materials into works of art, including seed portraits, hair wreaths, and butter sculptures. Speaker Details Image of Erika Nelson) Erika Nelson   Women Wonderworkers: The Self-Made Worlds of Visionary Female Artists Explore four visionary art environments created by female sculptors, including Inez Marshal of Portis, Kansas. Speaker Details Image of Leo E. Oliva) Leo E. Oliva   Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas In the 19th century, the influence of the railroad industry was vast. Some claim that Kansas was created specifically to accommodate westward expansion of railroads. Speaker Details Image of Al Ortolani) Al Ortolani   Veterans Memoir Writing Workshop Writing is a powerful tool that can help veterans come to terms with their memories. It can also communicate to family and friends those stories that are too difficult to verbalize. Speaker Details Image of Jordan Poland) Jordan Poland   Holes on the Range: The History of Kansas Golf This topic explores all aspects of golf in Kansas: from our humble beginnings with holes made of tomato soup cans, to our world class courses and players. Discover how golf, like other sports, can help create a thriving community. Speaker Details Image of Laura Phillippi) Laura Phillippi   The Kansas Industrial Farm for Women In 1917, the Kansas Industrial Farm for Women was established in Lansing, Kansas, to house women found in violation of a new quarantine law intended to prevent the spread of venereal disease. Speaker Details Image of Paula Ripple) Paula Ripple   Free Speech in Kansas: Community Writing Workshops Paula Ripple leads facilitated writing workshops where participants can express themselves through essays, poems, letters to editor, memoirs, and fiction. Speaker Details Image of Matthew Sanderson ) Matthew Sanderson   Immigration in Kansas Today Since settlement in the 19th century, the story of Kansas has largely been a story of immigration. How does immigration today compare to immigration in the 1860s? Speaker Details Image of Matthew Sanderson) Matthew Sanderson   Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve? Water is the most precious natural resource, sustaining all life on Earth. Why is it so difficult to conserve? Speaker Details Image of Norman Saul) Norman Saul   Sickle and Hammer: The United States and Early Soviet Russia The relationship between the United States and Russia has always been complicated. This presentation examines the people and policies that made it so. Speaker Details Image of Lem Sheppard) Lem Sheppard   The Harlem Renaissance The booming, experimental period of American history known as the Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to the arts, culture, and intellect of African Americans. Speaker Details Image of LuAnn Soliah) LuAnn Soliah   What's For Lunch? School Lunches in the United States From sack lunches to school lunches, what we eat has never been far from anyone's mind. This presentation traces changes to the school lunch over the past 100 years. Speaker Details Image of Kim Stanley) Kim Stanley   Moment by Moment: Family History Writing Workshop This workshop encourages participants to take their genealogical research and turn it into story form. Speaker Details Image of Diana Staresinic-Deane) Diana Staresinic-Deane   Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There Researching a property -- whether an old home, a new business, or a section of pastureland -- can do more than tell us the history of a space; it can also help us build a human connection to the people who came before us and their experiences. Speaker Details Image of Beccy Tanner) Beccy Tanner   Dirt, Grit, and Jell-O Salad – How We Survived the Great Depression This presentation examines historical aspects of Kansas during the 1930s to better understand our rural communities today. Discover what communities did to survive and thrive in times of hardships and what it means to be rural. Speaker Details Image of Beccy Tanner) Beccy Tanner   Literature Across Kansas This presentation examines some the writers who have shaped how we feel about Kansas and how others see us. Speaker Details Image of Dave Tell) Dave Tell   The Murder of Emmett Till On August 25, 1955, Emmett Till whistled at a white woman outside a Mississippi grocery store. Three days later, the 14 year old African American boy was murdered. Speaker Details Image of Matthew Thompson) Matthew Thompson   Red State: Socialism and the Free Press in Kansas At the turn of the 20th century, a cottage industry of small Socialist newspapers blossomed in Kansas. Read by a growing working class, these newspapers often gave voice to economic issues.  Speaker Details Image of Edgar Tidwell) Edgar Tidwell   When Freedom Changed America One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington. Both movements were defined by the pursuit of freedom. Speaker Details Image of Carmaletta Williams) Carmaletta Williams   Free Did Not Mean Welcome For African Americans who journeyed to the "free state" of Kansas from the South after Emancipation, "free" did not necessarily mean "Welcome." Speaker Details Image of Ron Wilson) Ron Wilson   Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities How can businesses succeed in small town Kansas? The answers can be found in what we have termed "ruralpreneurs," -- innovative entrepreneurs who have built successful enterprises in small town Kansas and strengthened their communities as a result. Speaker Details Image of Stephen Wolgast) Stephen Wolgast   Free Speech in Times of Crisis In the First Amendment, U.S. citizens are granted an inalienable right to express their opinions, a right that does not dissipate at times when society is under stress


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