Finney County Historical Society

The next two programs are coming up March 11 and 17 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 March 11 is “Made in China,” offered by Conny Bogaard, executive director of the Western Kansas Community Foundation; and the upcoming evening segment at 7 p.m. March 17 is “2020 Census,” by Melissa Dougherty-O’Hara, planner with the City of Garden City.

Bogaard will share pictures and information in her noon session about the history of Chinese porcelain, as well as the China Trade of the 17th and 18th Centuries.  A native of the Netherlands, she earned a master of arts in art history, with a specialization in museum studies, as well as a doctorate in philosophy, aesthetics and art theory.  Her program will also touch on European porcelain of the 19th Century.

Dougherty-O’Hara serves as neighborhood and development services planner with the municipal government, and she is leading an endeavor to make sure Garden City’s residents are fully counted in the federal census of 2020.  During the evening program she will outline the census, explain efforts to get the count completed and answer questions about the constitutionally-mandated enumeration that takes place every 10 years.

Subsequent spring evening programs 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 Bogaard.  Additional noon programs include “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.