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Next museum program to look at land ownership, indigenous rights

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 20:46
Pauline Sharp, right, and Florence Schloneger (photo copyright Travis Heying, The Wichita Eagle; used with permission)

Florence Schloneger and Pauline Sharp will share family stories related to land ownership, economics, education and identity, Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live.

In 2018, Schloneger, North Newton, a retired Mennonite pastor, did something that no landowner in Kansas had apparently done before.

She gave something back to the Kanza people (also known as the Kaw Nation) after generations of broken and renegotiated treaties between them and the U.S. government.

Smithsonian exhibit puts rural at the center

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 12/08/2020 - 15:30
Detail from "Crossroads" exhibit

This is the last week to see the special exhibit at Kauffman Museum (through Sunday, Jan. 17).

The museum has partnered with Humanities Kansas to bring the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit to the local area.

Kauffman Museum has built on the photographs, hands-on activities and audio and video clips provided by the Smithsonian in the “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” to tell the history and culture of local rural life and to spark conversations using its own companion exhibit, “Of Land and People: Our Community at the Crossroads of Change.”

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