history

Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Past and Present: Preservation

The Brutalist-style Central branch of the Wichita Public Library was built in the 1960s.
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

My research includes the study of buildings constructed from about World War II to the 1970s.

It began with a study of Route 66 and the features along the “Mother Road.” Since then, my interest in the postwar built-landscape has extended to suburban ranch homes, one of which I just purchased, and to the religious landscape of 1950s and 1960s America.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Past and Present: The Ludlow Massacre

Credit Beverly & Pack / flickr Creative Commons

On April 20, 1914, the management at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, owned by the Rockefeller Family, ordered an attack on a tent colony just outside the town of Ludlow.

This decision resulted in the deaths of 20 people, including 2 women and 11 children who burned to death in tents that had been soaked in kerosene and set on fire.

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Commentary
6:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Into It: The Rise Of The Pedestrian Joyride

The word “escalator” was a trademark of the Otis Elevator Company, who used it to describe the wooden-stepped model they displayed at a Paris Exposition in 1900.
Credit Sam Howzit / flickr Creative Commons

The idea of the escalator has been around a lot longer than a working model.

Nathan Ames first patented “Revolving Stairs” in 1859, though he didn’t specify materials or have a practical use in mind.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Past and Present: The Reality of History

Credit xmacex / Flickr

Many in the general public think of history as dry textbooks and the memorization of lists of dates, wars, kings and presidents. But memorizing facts is no more history than practicing free throws is basketball.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Past and Present: Rights Won, Rights Lost

Credit National Museum of American History / flickr Creative Commons

March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Past and Present: Privacy

Credit Jonathan McIntosh / Flickr

Living in the age of the internet and social media challenges our right to be left alone. Historically, technological developments rush ahead of legal protections, leaving the Supreme Court to apply 18th century language to a brave new world.

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Business
9:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

KS Orgs Receive Grant To Document Boeing’s Legacy In Wichita

Boeing B-29 Bomber
KDavidClark Flickr

The Kansas Humanities Council has received an award from the Library of Congress to document Boeing’s legacy in Wichita through an oral history project.

The Kansas Humanities Council was one of five recipients of the Archie Green Fellowship through the American Folk Life Center.

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