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Art Exhibits

  1. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  2. Water Stories by Lynn Benson

    February 13, 2018, 10:00 AM - May 26, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    "Waterplaces" is a suite of 101 drawings on vellum paper. The exhibition will also present the artist’s 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, "Dancing on the Table." This work reflects Benson's interest in water sources that flow under ground such as the Ogallala Aquifer in parts of Western Kansas and surrounding states. Benson brings attention to this hidden natural treasure in a chine colle´ lithograph with gold leaf and coloring applied by hand.

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  3. Intersection: Meeting of the Creative Minds

    April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - June 9, 2018, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Creative Minds exhibit features works by AlBo Glass, Dick Bixler, Michael Driggs, Jan Joosten, Christina Klein, Diane Lawrence, Owen Oertling, Larry Peters, Jason Sciulla, Nancy Teague, Lynette Ubel and Todd Van Duren.

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  4. River Compositions by Lynn Benson

    May 5, 2018, 12:00 PM - July 15, 2018, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store Gallery

    In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, burst into flames because sparks fell on oil-covered debris floating on its surface. News of the burning river captured artist Lynn Benson’s imagination and inspired her to study how human activity affects a vitally important resource: water. In a range of mediums, Benson represents bodies of water implicated in environmental and political struggles.

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  5. Jam Session: Musical Selections from the Permanent Collection

    May 15, 2018, 10:00 AM - August 25, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Curated to complement the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock,” this exhibition features music, musicians and musical instruments through the eyes of artists. Summer programs focus on the intersection of music and the visual arts.

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Community Events

  1. “Best of Times, Worst of Times: K-State in 1968”

    April 4, 2018 - October 18, 2018 @ Hale Library

    Exhibit uses items from university archives to illustrate the various events of that tumultuous year. From campus visits by Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the mysterious fire that destroyed Nichols Gym, the exhibit explores how national issues played out in Manhattan, alongside traditional university activities. Co-curators: Cliff Hight, Dan Ireton and Ellen Urton.

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  2. Run For The Wall stop in Junction City

    May 20, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Heritage Park

    Annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to create groundswell of support for American POW/MIAs from all wars, and honor those "Killed In Action". The overnight Junction City stop includes an arrival ceremony in Heritage Park. Participate in the flag line and welcome these veterans to our community!

    Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans of recent conflicts and active duty are especially welcome to join the ceremonies.

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Craft Shows

  1. Yack & Yarn

    May 1, 2018, 6:00 PM - May 29, 2018, 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library and relax with other crafters. Five May programs open to all fiber crafters, regardless of skill level. Supplies will be on hand, but please bring your own projects to work on.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. Curator’s talk by Aileen June Wang on the art of Lynn Benson

    May 20, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ The Volland Store Gallery

    Aileen June Wang, curator at Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, presents on the art of Lynn Benson, whose work is featured at the Volland Store and Beach Museum of Art.

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  2. Historic Preservation and Its place in 21st Century America

    May 20, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library Auditorium

    Historic preservation in continued use and interpretation of historic resources. Retain original fabric of buildings by process of repairing, reconstruction, rehabilitation, restoration and renovation. Preservation projects such as churches, courthouses, homes, offices, log cabins, stagecoach and pony express stations, barns, granaries, schools, windmills, general stores and underground vault rooms. Presentation by Len and Linus Schamber.

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Special Events

  1. Be The Dinosaur

    May 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - September 3, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Can you gauge what a day in the life of a dinosaur would have been like? How did they live? With this exhibit you can experience how the mighty T-Rex was one of the most ferocious of the Mesozoic Era. This fusion of state-of-the-art, high-tech videography and traditional exhibit features full-size dinosaur bones, paleontology field station and more! Live like the dinosaurs! Visit Manhattan and Be The Dinosaur!

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  2. Run For The Wall stop in Junction City

    May 20, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Heritage Park

    Annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to create groundswell of support for American POW/MIAs from all wars, and honor those "Killed In Action". The overnight Junction City stop includes an arrival ceremony in Heritage Park. Participate in the flag line and welcome these veterans to our community!

    Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans of recent conflicts and active duty are especially welcome to join the ceremonies.

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