"Kansans Tell Their Stories," a traveling exhibition featuring Kansas community history, will be on display at the Flying Pig Studio & Gallery, 123 S. Main Street in Lucas, July 25 - September 2. The exhibition is part of a statewide tour presented by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce is the local host of the exhibition. The exhibition will also travel to Lansing and Kinsley.
"These stories from across the state were researched and written by local community organizations," said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. "Together, they inspire curiosity about the past and really get us thinking about our own histories."
Included in the traveling exhibition are stories about Topeka’s Mexican community and the railroad, the Orphan Trains in Kansas, Garden City’s Vietnamese community, Volga-German heritage in Collyer, African immigrants in northeast Kansas, Shawnee’s Belgian community, Wichita’s El Huarache neighborhood, and Fort Scott’s African-American heritage.
For over five years, the Kansas Humanities Council has supported special "Kansans Tell Their Stories" projects that have explored what it means to be a Kansan. Many, like those featured in this exhibition, involved conducting oral histories and researching community heritage.
The "Kansans Tell Their Stories" project is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to participate in their communities. For more information, contact KHC at 785/357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.