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Posted on: September 11, 2019


Manhattan, Kan. – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $2,000 to the Kansas Learning Center for Health, Inc. in support of Microbes in Manhattan: Fighting Flu and Polio in Manhattan, exhibit and public programs at the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC) in Manhattan. Roy Garrett, FHDC exhibits/operations manager, serves as project director.


Microbes in Manhattan: Fighting Flu and Polio in Manhattan will be on exhibit at the FHDC from September 21, 2019 through January 12, 2020. In the exhibit, follow two pivotal storylines to uncover the local history surrounding two of the most concerning epidemics during the early part of the last century. Visitors will be able to see artifacts from the time period and an iron lung that has traveled from Halstead, Kansas to be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit.

“Humanities Kansas supports projects that encourage fresh ideas,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of Humanities Kansas. “This exhibit examines how health care has changed in Kansas since the early 20th century and asks us to consider how we respond to social and ecological forces that can drive that change.”

Three lectures will take place diving deeper into the topics covered within the exhibit. The following lectures will be held at the FHDC and are free and open to the public.

1918: The Great War and the Terrible Flu: Tuesday, September 24 from 6:30-7:30 PM

Dr. Hertzler: The Horse & Buggy Doctor: Tuesday, October 15 from 6:30-7:30 PM

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Prairie: Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30-7:30 PM

To learn more about the exhibit and lectures, visit, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. 3rd St. in Manhattan.

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit

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