January 22 — Celebrate Kansas Statehood by a cavalcade of musical guests. Great “Kansas style” music will be enjoyed as we celebrate our statehood, January 29, 1861.
February 26 — For Your Amusement:The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island a newly expanded film about the first amusement park in Wichita presented by filmmaker Sara Harmon.
March 25 — The Dizzy and Daffy Dean Barnstornung Tour: Race, Media and America’s National Pastime by Phil S. Dixon. Humanities Kansas speaker tells of a glorious tour against the best African-American baseball players with an introspective look at race relations.
April 22 — Wichita: Where Aviation Took Wing by publisher Sonia Greteman, of the Greteman Group. Learn about the early birds and barnstormers, the daring pioneers and change-agent entrepreneurs. And why aviation isn’t just our past, but our future.
May 27 — Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua by Sarah Bell, Development Officer for the Watkins Museum of History. This presentation will examine how women used the Chautauqua platform to engage in political activism, particularly suffrage and temperance, and how this early movement laid the groundwork for contemporary issues of feminism and gender equality. Made possible through the support of Humanities Kansas and the League of Women Voters.
June 24 — Foam on the Range by Isaias McCaffery. Humanities Kansas speaker tells how Kansas was on the forefront of the temperance movement, eventually becoming the first state to prohibit alcohol consumption.
July 22 — The History of Wichita through a Unique Lens by Dr. Schyler Jones, CBE and grandson of city founder J.R. Mead.
August 26 — Wichita and the Railroad Historian Jim Mason explores the early years of Wichita, shaped by the railroad.
September 23 — Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage and The First 100 Years of St. George Cathedral by Rod Learned
October 28 — The Prairie Print Makers Art historian Bill North explores this influential local group of 20th century visual artists.