The next two programs are coming up Feb. 12 and 18 in the Finney County Historical Museum’s series of Brown Bag Lunch and Evening at the Museum lectures.
Brown Bag Lunch presentations 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.
The next noon session on Feb. 12 is “Fifty Years of Kansas High School Football Playoffs,” offered by retired Garden City Telegram Sports Editor Brett Marshall; and the upcoming evening segment at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 is “El Quartelejo,” by Stephanie Fisher, museum and gallery program director at Scott City’s El Quartelejo Museum.
Marshall will share highlights from his recently-published book, “Under the Lights: 50 Years of KSHSAA Football Playoffs,” which he created in cooperation with the Kansas State High School Activities Association. The book features photographs, information and statistics from high school football championships at every level across the state over the past half-century. The presenter will also focus on development of the new Garden City High School Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as sell and autograph copies of his book.
Fisher will talk about the ruins of El Quartelejo, the northernmost Native American pueblo site in the U.S., which are located in Scott County and constitute the only known pueblo in Kansas. She will also offer details about the El Quartelejo Museum and adjacent Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection in Scott City.
Subsequent evening programs include “2020 Census” on March 17, presented by Melissa Dougherty-O’Hara, planner with the City of Garden City; “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.
Additional noon programs are “Made in China” on March 11 by Bogaard; “The Mitchall Runnells Story” April 8 by Johnetta Hebrlee and Steve Quakenbush of the Finney County Historical Society; and “The History of Calkins and Sabine Halls” on May 13 by Hebrlee.