The Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City has announced its full series of Brown Bag Lunch and Evening at the Museum lectures for the spring season of 2020.

    Brown Bag Lunch programs take place at noon the second Wednesday of January, February, March, April and May.  Evenings at the Museum are offered at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the same months.

    Admission is free and those who attend should use the north entrance of the museum, which is located at 403 S. Fourth Street in Finnup Park.  The museum will provide beverages and dessert and participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or dinner, if desired.  The evening series is sponsored by the Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers.


    Evening programs will began Jan. 21 with a program entitled “War Dogs,” by Museum Education Coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee, offering the story of dogs and other animals that have played vital roles in U.S. military service.  The presenter plans to share fascinating photographs and information about unsung heroes of the animal world.

    The schedule originally included a Jan. 21 presentation about French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, but that has been moved to May 19.

    Subsequent 7 p.m. programs include “El Quartelejo” on Feb. 18 by Stephanie Fisher, El Quartelejo Museum and Gallery program director in Scott City, focusing on the northernmost native pueblo site in the U.S., located in Scott County, as well as the museum that shares the name of the site; and “2020 Census” on March 17, presented by Melissa Dougherty-O’Hara, planner with the City of Garden City.  The planner will explain efforts aimed at making sure the community is accurately counted in the upcoming 10-year national enumeration.

    Other 7 p.m. Tuesday sessions include “The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment” on April 21, by Christi Graber, founder of the Southwest League of Women Voters; and “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” on May 19 by Conny Bogaard, executive director of the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

    Graber will offer history in April on the suffrage movement, which gave women the right to vote, effective in 1912 across Kansas and throughout the nation in 1920.  Graber will also talk about the 100th  birthday of the Leage of Women Voters.

    Bogaard’s Monet program in May will include a perspective on the French Impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature, touching on his travels to the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, Norway and her own homeland, the Netherlands.  The presenter holds a master of arts in art history and a doctorate in philosophy, aesthetics and art theory.


    The Wednesday noon programs got under way Jan. 8 with “Re-Think Your Drink,” offered by Jennifer LaSalle, Finney County family and community wellness agent for Kansas State University Research and Extension.  Those still ahead include “Fifty Years of Kansas High School Football Playoffs” on Feb. 12 by Brett Marshall, former Garden City Telegram sports editor; “Made in China” on March 11 by Bogaard; and “The Mitchall Runnells Story” April 8 by Hebrlee and Steve Quakenbush, Finney County Historical Society executive director.

    Marshall’s segment in February will be based on his recently-published book, “Under the Lights: 50 Years of KSHSAA Football Playoffs,” also touching on the new Garden City High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  Copies of the book will be on sale at the presentation.  Bogaard’s session in March will cover the history of Chinese Porcelain, the China Trade of the 17th and 18th Centuries and European porcelain of the 1800s.  She will also touch on ways to identify genuine pieces.

    The April program is designed to tell the story of the young man whose famous local grave is marked by the engine of his beloved Chevrolet in Valley View Cemetery, as well as

efforts to preserve the unique and nationally-noted but deteriorating 1927 gravesite.

    The spring noon lectures are set to conclude May 13 with “The History of Calkins and Sabine Halls,” giving the story behind two of Finney County’s once well-known centers of education.  Presented by Hebrlee, the presentation will incorporate photos and information about the side-by-side structures, one still in use after 110 years as Sabine Apartments, and one demolished decades ago.