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Kansas forts, Indian wars will be studied

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded the Edwards County Historical Society and the Kinsley Library $3,397 in support of the "Kansas Military Forts and the Indian Wars" discussion series. Leo Oliva, Ph.D. will be facilitating the series with guided lectures and discussions.

The series will be one Sunday afternoon a month from January to May. It will begin from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Kinsley City Meeting Room. Meetings on Febr. 10, March 10 and April 14 will include guided tours of Fort Larned, Fort Dodge and Fort Hays, respectively. The series will end May 5 in Kinsley.

Participants will read and discuss in groups materials such as "Little Big Man" by Thomas Berger, Dr. Oliva's books about the three forts and numerous selections from primary sources including letters, newspaper and magazine articles, and other documents.

Each month also will feature a special guest scholar or interpreter, including: Ken Weidner, Mark Berry, Rex Abrahams, Joanne VanCoevern and Greg VanCoevern. Henrietta Mann, president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College located on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, will wrap up the series in May.

There will be a $10 registration fee to cover admission and donation to the forts (payable at the first meeting). Participants will provide their own transportation, and the library will facilitate car pools. The reading material will be acquired through the library or ILL or can be purchased. Some documents will be made electronically accessible.

"KHC Humanities Grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage audiences with the humanities," said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of Kansas Humanities Council. "This series' lectures, readings and discussions invite participants to consider the Indian Wars in Kansas from multiple perspectives, and the site visits to the military forts provide a sense of place."

For more information, a detailed schedule with dates, and to register online, call (620) 659-3341 or visit

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based humanities programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to participate in their communities.

For more information, contact the Kansas Humanities Council at (785) 357-0359 or visit