Saturday Museum program to focus on state’s land and future

Evening at Finney County Museum one of four linked to documentary about walking across Kansas

Kansas native Patrick Ross will share his experiences of walking across Kansas last year during a presentation and moderated discussion sponsored by Humanities Kansas at 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 10) at Finney County Historical Museum, 403 S. Fourth St., in Garden City.

The program is one in a series of four sessions taking place Nov. 2-10 across the state under sponsorship of Humanities Kansas.  Locally. it is also part of the Finney County Historical Society’s 2018 Evenings at the Museum lecture series.

The gathering will take place in the museum’s meeting room, with free admission and access via the north entrance.

Ross and partner Joshua Zev Nathan, who walked all over the state of Kansas over seven weeks in 2015, shot extensive video footage along their trek, ultimately producing a film entitled “Kansas – An Eclogue,” through interviews, visits during events and stops at various locations. Ross is originally from Lawrence and Nathan is originally from Moundridge.

Each of the four presentations will feature not only a preview of the film, but also a moderated panel discussion.

The Garden City segment is taking place under the theme “The Land and Future of Kansas,” with the panel made up of Debra Bolton, Bertha Mendoza and David Hammet. Ross will serve as host.

The documentary asks viewers to consider Kansas as a state of mind, according to the producer, and the Garden City discussion will focus in part on immigrants and how they shaped the state. In addition to Humanities Kansas, the presentation is supported by the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, which is operated by the Douglas County Historical Society.

Other sessions are scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Watkins in Lawrence; Nov. 3 in the Santa Fe Trail Room of the Wichita State University Student Center, Wichita; and Nov. 9 in Room 169 of Albertson Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus in Hays.

Humanities Kansas, principal funder for the project, is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to connecting communities with history, traditions and ideas to strengthen civic life.

Most Evening at the Museum programs in Garden City take place on the second Tuesday of the month, January through April and August through November, but this one is scheduled over approximately two hours on a Saturday to accommodate the four-part series. No program is scheduled in December, but the 2019 Evening at the Museum series will be announced soon.