FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM HOSTING ART HISTORY PROGRAMS NOV. 11 & 17

The two final programs in the Finney County Historical Society’s fall season History at High Noon and Evening at the Museum lecture series are coming up at noon Nov. 11 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

    Both are entitled “Painters of Modern Life,” and each will be presented by Dr. Conny Bogaard, executive director of the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

    The sessions are taking place with socially-distanced seating and additional COVID-19 precautions.  Each is scheduled in the Mary Regan Conference Room of the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth Street in Garden City’s Finnup Park, with access via the north entrance.  Programs are sponsored by the Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers.

    Bogaard holds two degrees in art history, theory and aesthetics and she will share pictures and information about Impressionist painting in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Her program will incorporate ties to Finney County, Garden City and Southwest Kansas history, noting that Garden City’s 1879 founding occurred during the revolutionary movement in art.

    The presenter has conducted several previous programs at the museum on art history-related topics.

    In addition to spacing out audience seating for social distancing, this fall’s programs are breaking with museum tradition by offering beverages but no food.  No tables for dining will be available and, unlike in past years, attendees are asked to refrain from bringing lunch or dinner.  Attendance will be limited to 40 listeners per session, hand sanitizer will be accessible and masks will be encouraged, though not required, with free masks available.

    Two October sessions in the series covered the centennial of the 19th Amendment, providing American women the right to vote, with one presented by Janice Walker, a Great Bend member of the League of Women Voters of Kansas and the other by Dr. Jane Holwerda, Dodge City Community College vice president of academic affairs.  Two September programs by museum staff personnel focused on efforts to preserve the crumbling grave marker of Mitchal Runnels, who was buried in Valley View Cemetery beneath the engine of his 1924 Chevrolet after his car-train crash death nearly 94 years ago.