Museum’s Brown Bag lecture series renews Aug. 8; expands to year-long series

Johnetta Hebrlee, right, Finney County Historical Museum Education Coordinator, speaks during a past Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the museum. The free programs resume at noon on Aug. 8 with a presentation by retired Garden City history teacher Norman Clark.

This Wednesday, Aug. 8, Finney County Historical Museum’s long-running Brown Bag Lunch history lecture series will resume with an expanded schedule.

Starting Wednesday, the series will offer lectures year-round at noon on the second Wednesday of each month. Sessions are planned for Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14 for the remainder of 2018.

Previously, the brown bag series offered a free, live program about history or related topics each Tuesday in February. The change to a year-round, monthly schedule will increase the number of lectures from four to as many as 12.

As with the original Brown Bag series, the museum will provide beverages and dessert.

Admission will remain free, with access through the north museum entrance.

The expanded schedule is taking place on a trial basis, so there may be periodic adjustments.

The opening noon hour program on Aug. 8 will feature retired Garden City middle school history instructor Norman Clark, sharing recollections and remembrances from 41 years of teaching history courses.

Various Southwest Kansas residents and community leaders sat in Clark’s classroom at Abe Hubert Middle School over the decades, and the courtyard at Horace Good Middle School is named in his honor.  Clark is a periodic guest speaker for the Finney County Historical Society.

Subsequent Brown Bag Lunch noon presentations include:

  • Taking Care of Your Health, offered Sept. 12 by Alicia Gian Maciulis, managing owner of Roots Juice and Co. Wellness Studio
  • A session Oct. 10 by Katie Herrick, Johnson City, director of the Stanton County Historical Museum.  Herrick will offer advice on what to do with objects and articles accumulated over a lifetime.  Her presentation entitled “Your Kids Don’t Want Your Stuff and Neither Does the Museum.”
  • The concluding noon program in the fall segment, “Self-Publishing Your Family History,” will be conducted on Nov. 14 by Jay Cook, Garden City, an accomplished genealogy researcher and author.

Evening History Lectures

Additionally, the Evening at the Museum series will continue as before, providing free programs at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, August through November and January through April.

Structured somewhat like the Brown Bag series, the evening lectures offer free admission, beverages and dessert.  Like the noon segments, patrons are welcome to bring their own meals, and should use the museum’s north entrance.

The first Evening at the Museum lecture will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 21. Museum Education Coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee will present “DNA — Scientific Methods of Genealogy.”

Other evening series lectures include “Southwest Kansas Stone Points and Arrowheads,” on Sept. 18, conducted by Chad Myers, a Kalvesta resident with extensive archaeology experience.

Hebrlee will also present “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,” on Oct. 16, focusing on ways to trace and discern history through photographs of the past.

The autumn sessions will end with a special Saturday program at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. That presentation and moderated discussion, hosted by Humanities Kansas, will be based on a film about the experience of walking across the state, produced by Kansas native Patrick Ross. The session is one of four, with others scheduled in Hays, Lawrence and Wichita, all hosted by the organization previously known as the Kansas Humanities Council.