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Diane Eickhoff, Speaker

Historian and author of Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women's Rights

Vegetopia: The Kansas Colony Way Ahead of Its Time

In 1856 a band of pilgrims set out for Kansas Territory to establish "heaven on earth." Even more controversial than their abolitionist stance was their new way of eating -- a meatless vegetable diet promoted by their eccentric young leader, Henry Clubb. But Clubb's vision of a thriving colony never came to be. Border war troubles, illness, death, and the colony's remote location thwarted its success. Clubb eventually recovered from his first failure to become the father of American vegetarianism. This program about the uniquely American tradition of utopian thinking will spur lively discussion on the practicality of chasing dreams. 

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