Journalist and Kansas historian Cindy Higgins will give a PowerPoint presentation about “Soda Fountains of Kansas” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at the City of Geneseo City Hall. She will relive the glory days of the soda fountain where tonics and curatives evolved into refreshments like the Brown Cow, the Mudslide, and the Egg Cream.
Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes, and bottled soda pop prompted Kansas pharmacists to make more ice cream concoctions and add food to keep their evolving fountain sideline business profitable.
This presentation also explores soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains throughout the nation. The program is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. For more information, call the City of Geneseo, 620-824-6232, or the Coronado Quivira Museum, 620-257-3941.