Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills

Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, “Home is the nicest word there is.” What if your home or hometown no longer stands?

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies will host Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills, an exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, starting September 24. You are invited to explore the histories of seven Flint Hills, Kansas towns including: Bodarc, Broughton, Cedar Point, Chalk, Maple City, Volland, and Big John Creek Village, the Kansas home of the Kaw Nation. Kids will have a very special area dedicated to exploring how Kansas kids of the past played and learned. They can climb into a turkey wagon or spark their curiosity in the school house!

Check out the programs to go along with the exhibition below! To register, please call 785.587.2726. 


The Great American Medicine Show


Saturday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Professor Farquar's "Great American Medicine Show" is an authentic re-creation of one of the 19th Century's most popular diversions; presenting traditional toe-tapping tunes, incredible magic, plus lots of laughs and audience participation. A special feature of the Medicine Show is Polecat Annie. She gives hands-on instruction in rope twirling, plate spinning, Victorian amusements, Indian games and palm reading. Ages 6-12. Price includes dinner, presentation and take home crafts! 

Youth FHDC members: $20 Youth non-members: $25
Adult FHDC members: $5 Adult non-members: $10

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend but are not required. Pre-register by October 20.  Call us today to register at 785.587.2726!
All youth attendees must have a completed emergency release form.


Tallgrass Tour Bus: Historic Wabaunsee County 

Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Come explore the history of Wabaunsee County with visits to Alma, Volland and Chalk on this special excursion. Spend the morning in Alma for a visit to the Wabaunsee County Historical Society Museum and Alma Creamery. Then enjoy a buffet lunch as you explore the exhibits at the recently restored Volland Store. End your day with a guided tour of the ruins of the lost town of Chalk, KS.

Round trip travel, buffet lunch, and tour fees are included.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8 a.m. and returns no later than 5 p.m.

Youth & Adult FHDC Members: $25
Youth and Adult non-members: $28
Deadline for Registration: October 21, 2016 by 5 p.m.


Restoring Historic Photographs, Beginner's Free Workshop | All ages welcome 


Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m - 4:30 p.m. 


Join us for a free workshop to learn how to scan and safely handle  historic photographs as well as basic Adobe Photoshop techniques to improve digital materials. Learn how to optimize scanning, restore original coloration, and repair small blemishes and irregularities.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs and Photoshop equipped computers or can practice a wider ranges of techniques with provided materials and technology. Computer terminals will be first come, first served. Tom Parish is the visiting instructor in Digital Humanities at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Spaces are limited, please preregister by calling 785-587-2726


Share your Stories Weekend, all ages welcome

 

Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  & Sunday, November 13, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Do you or a family member have personal memories or stories of your life in the Flint Hills? Do you want to preserve those memories for future generations? The Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University will be on site Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 conducting oral history interviews.

Interviews will be added to the collection at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Please call 785.587.2726 or email fhdceducation@cityofmhk.com to reserve a one-hour slot. Walk-ins welcome, subject to availability.


Brewers and Bootleggers: A Night of History and Hooch

Saturday, November 12, 6:30-9 p.m. 

Travel back in time to experience the Flint Hills like never before!  The night begins with a series of unique dishes, each based on a historic recipe and representing a different era or community in the Flint Hills. Wash down your meal with samples of historic recipe beer and period cocktails. During dinner, you’ll also be treated to the sounds of Daniel Dissmore and The Jazz Ambassadors, a K-State student jazz ensemble

The evening ends with a special presentation from historian Isaias McCaffery titled "Foam on the Range."  His talk explores how immigrant communities in Kansas clashed with early temperance movements, forcing ethnic communities to break the law in order to preserve an important expression of cultural identity

Fee includes dinner, two drink tickets, and presentation. Cash bar also available.  Ages 21+ only.

FHDC Members: $40  |  Non-Members: $45
Deadline for Registration: November 7, 2016 by 5 p.m.


Tallgrass Tour Bus: Historic Kaw Nation & Cedar Point Mill 

Saturday, November 19, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Visit the remains of the final Kaw Village in Kansas and see the picturesque Cedar Point Mill on this special Tallgrass Tour Bus. The bus first heads to Council Grove to visit the historic Kaw Mission to learn about the Kanza People. Then head out to Allegawaho Park for a special guided hike through the remains of the final Kansas home of the Kaw Nation. Enjoy a lunch at the historic Hay’s House in downtown Council Grove. The tour bus ends the day at Cedar Point, KS for a guided tour of this historic town including the picturesque 140 year old Cedar Point Mill.

Trip includes optional 2 mile hike on uneven terrain at Allegawaho Park. Round trip travel, lunch, and tour fees are included.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8 a.m. and returns no later than 5 p.m.

Youth & Adult FHDC Members: $ 25
Youth and Adult non-members: $28
Deadline for Registration: November 18, 2016, by 5 p.m.


Restoring Historic Photographs, Advanced Free Workshop | All ages welcome


Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m - 4:30 p.m. 


Join us for a free workshop to learn advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques to improve digital materials.  Learn how to optimize scanning, restore original coloration, and repair small blemishes and irregularities. Participants can bring their own photographs and computers or practice a wider range of techniques with provided materials and technology.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs and Photoshop equipped computers or can practice a wider ranges of techniques with provided materials and technology. Computer terminals will be first come, first served. Tom Parish is the visiting instructor in Digital Humanities at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Spaces are limited, please preregister by calling 785-587-2726


Oral History Workshop, all ages welcome 


Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m - 4 p.m. 


Come learn how to conduct your own oral history interview at this FREE workshop. Staff from the Chapman Center for Rural Studies will provide hands-on instruction in interview technology including the StoryCorps app and will share tips for a successful interview. No registration is required. Workshop is free and open to all ages.