Fall Lecture Series

Join the Flint Hill Discovery Center as we dive deep into three historic tales of health and medicine in the Flint Hills. Each lecture tackles a different fascinating moment from our history. These lectures are free and open to the public.

1918: The Great War and the Terrible Flu

Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center


Historian Jed Dunham will compress the complex and harrowing story of the great influenza outbreak of 1918 into a straightforward narrative using his own original research into the outbreak. Dunham will root this story in the local context, focusing on Nurse Battey and the Manhattan, KS fight against influenza.

Jed Dunham received his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Kansas State University in 1996. He serves as Communications Director for S.A.V.E. Farm (Service member Agricultural Vocational Education) which is dedicated to helping transitioning veterans find purpose, education and employment within the agricultural industry. He developed the Kansas State Pandemic Team which utilized a multi-discipline approach to study the 1918 Influenza Pandemic which resulted in locating the source point for the 1918 pandemic and new avenues towards a universal flu vaccine. 

Dr. Hertzler: The Horse and Buggy Doctor

Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center


Carrie Herman will share the fascinating story of Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler (the famous "Horse and Buggy Doctor") who is world renowned for his excellence in pathology, his love of children and his concern for health education of the general public. The Kansas Learning Center for Health was founded by his late widow as a memorial in his honor.

Carrie Herman took over the role as the Executive Director at the Kansas Learning Center for Health in July 2016. Prior to that she spent almost nine years at Asbury Park. Her leadership shines brightly thanks to her experience not only from being VP of Operations at Asbury, but also from completing the LeadingAge Kansas Center for Leadership program, serving as the Past President of the Newton Lions Club, Vice President of P.E.O. Chapter AK, and the Chair of the Central Kansas Community Foundation—to name a few.


Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Prairie


Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center


Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we explore the edible and medicinal secrets of the native Tallgrass prairie. Dr. Kelly Kindscher will dive deep into the world of ethnobotany, exploring how Native Americans used many interesting plants like the echinacea and wild tomatillos. He will also discuss the importance of protecting remnant native prairies and the work of the Kansas Land Trust. Local conversation easement holders will be on hand to discuss the program and their experience.

Dr. Kelly Kindscher is a passionate advocate for native plants, native landscapes and wild places. Dr. Kindscher is Senior Scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie (1987) and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie (1992). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Land Trust.

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