Ask an Expert

Gain valuable insight into the issues and topics important to the Flint Hills with the new Ask an Expert interview series. Each month, we will broadcast a live interview online with a resource expert. Each session will feature lively conversation and live audience Q & A.

Ask An Expert Traditional Music in the Flint Hills

Traditional Music in the Flint Hills with Derrick Doty

Tuesday, March 16 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LIVE and free on our facebook page

Can the Flint Hills claim its own unique musical tradition and why is it important to preserve our musical heritage? Find out as we chat with Derrick Doty, traditional fiddler and chronicler of Flint Hills musical heritage. We’ll discuss the origins of folk or traditional music and his efforts to preserve the dance and music history of our region. Doty will perform several music pieces and answer all your questions live during the interview.

Derrick Doty is a traditional fiddler who has been researching Flint Hills music traditions for over 15 years. An avid musician, Doty has played for barn, contra, and square dances throughout the state. Today, Doty teaches music and dances to the next generation while also playing with Annie Wilson and Tallgrass Express Stringband. Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/flinthillsfiddler

Watch LIVE on facebook and ask your own questions. Every session features a moderated Question & Answer period so you too can "Ask an Expert"!

Ask An Expert Mount Mitchell

Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie with Michael Stubbs

Tuesday, April 13 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Live and free on our facebook page

Who are the communities and cultures that have called the Flint Hills home? How did the Bleeding Kansas era impact the Flint Hills? What does it take to rally a community and restore a native prairie? Find out as we chat with Michael Stubbs, local historian and founder of the Mount Mitchell Prairie Guards. We’ll discuss the history of the Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie and surrounding area, including the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony and its Underground Railroad connections. We’ll also discuss the ongoing prairie restoration efforts at Mount Mitchell and the future of this remarkable site.

Michael Stubbs is a local historian and community activist who has spent the last thirty-five years working to preserve and promote the landscape and cultural heritage of the Flint Hills. In 1997 he assigned names to all of the roads in Wabaunsee County. He is the founder of the Mount Mitchell Prairie Guards, managers of the Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie Park. Learn more here: www.mountmitchellprairie.org

Watch LIVE on facebook and ask your own questions. Every session features a moderated Question & Answer period so you too can "Ask an Expert"!

Ask An Expert Konza Prairie

Konza Prairie Biological Station with John Blair


Tuesday, May 18 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Live and free on our facebook page

What goes on behind the scenes at the Konza Prairie Biological Station? What do scientists researching the tallgrass prairie hope to learn? How are the bison doing? Find out as we chat with Dr. John Blair, Director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station. We’ll discuss the history of the Konza Prairie site, the unique Long Term Ecological Research project, and the future of tallgrass prairie research and conservation.

Dr. John Blair is an ecologist and university distinguished professor of biology at Kansas State University. In addition to conducting his own research on the ecology of native and restored tallgrass prairies, Dr. Blair is the Director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station and oversees the operation of the field station to meet its research, conservation, and education goals. Learn more here: https://kpbs.konza.k-state.edu/

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