Manhattan, Kan. – Ancient. Massive. Wild. The North American bison is a species whose story stretches from Plains Indian hunters to entrepreneurial industrialists to dedicated conservationists to today’s producers and enthusiasts. The exhibit, opening to the public on Saturday, September 15, will follow this great American icon through interactive experiences that combine history, artifacts, and hands-on activities at the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC).
Bison celebrates the history and significance of this North American mammal, and highlights the importance of its preservation and conservation. From a primary provider of the Plains Indian people to the brink of extinction - and back - the story of bison is a unique and vibrant chapter in the history of the American West. This exhibit was created by the National Bison Association, the Kauffman Museum, and the National Buffalo Museum. It will be on exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center until January 13, 2019.
Additionally, as a collaborative project between the local Konza Prairie Quilters Guild and the FHDC, there will be quilting art depicting Flint Hills landmarks and landscapes throughout the exhibit, highlighting the importance of quilting in prairie culture and community.
While visiting the FHDC, stop by the mezzanine where Wolves and Wildlands will be on exhibit simultaneously. This exhibition provides a compelling, continental perspective on wolves today. Organized by regions in North America, each wolf is presented in its human and natural-history context.
For exhibit details and a listing of accompanying public programming, please visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s website www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/Bison