Museum noon lecture series resumes

Johnetta Hebrlee, right, Finney County Historical Museum Education Coordinator, speaks during Tuesday’s first Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the museum. The free programs continue each Tuesday at noon through March 6.

Finney County Historical Museum kicked off a new round of its Brown Bag Lunch program on Tuesday with a presentation by museum education coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee that focused on homesteading and settlement in Kansas and the southwest portion of the state.

The annual series traditionally provides live presentations about history and related topics at noon each Tuesday in February. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. The programs take place in the meeting room of the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth St., with access via the north entrance.

The staff will provide beverages and homemade dessert, and those who wish may bring their own lunch.

Other Brown Bag dates and topics include:

  • Feb. 13 — “Boom Town…Then Ghost Town, Part I.” This presentation is a new program, also by Hebrlee, and it will outline the rise and fall of the one-time Finney County towns of Santa Fe and Mansfield, as well as the history of Pierceville and the community once known as Sherlock.
  • Feb. 20 — “Boom Town…Then Ghost Town, Part II.” The next segment, also by the education coordinator, will cover the establishment, growth, decline and demise of Knauston, Pitt, Amazon, Terryton, Imperial and Pasanada, all communities which now exist only in memory.
  • Feb. 27 — “Boom Town…Then Ghost Town, Part III.” This talk will focus on the unincorporated community of Kalvesta, located in northeast Finney County. The segment will also shed light on the former communities of Ravanna and Eminence, whose conflict over which would become the county seat led to the dissolution of Garfield County and the creation of Finney County’s northeastern Panhandle.
  • March 6 — “Oasis of Peace – Stop Human Trafficking in Finney County.” Originally scheduled for Feb. 6, this presentation by Sister Trudy Tanner covers the serious issue of human trafficking from a contemporary standpoint, as well as addresses human trafficking in history. Tanner is a co-founder of the Oasis of Peace Center and serves as the center’s director.

The museum’s Brown Bag programs take place in addition to the monthly Evening at the Museum series, which began Jan. 16 and continues at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 with an updated segment about Finney County’s notorious Fleagle Gang of the 1920s.