Peabody Historical Museum and Peabody State Bank have teamed up to host a traveling exhibit from the Kansas Humanities Council, “Kansans Tell Their Stories.” The exhibit will be set in the bank lobby next week and then be on display April 18 through May 30.
Included in the traveling exhibition are stories about Topeka’s Mexican community and the railroad, the Orphan Trains in Kansas, Garden City’s Vietnamese community, Volga-German heritage in Collyer, African immigrants in northeast Kansas, Shawnee’s Belgian community, Wichita’s El Huarache neighborhood, and Fort Scott’s African-American heritage.
“These stories from across the state were researched and written by local community organizations,” Kansas Humanities Council Executive Director Julie Mulvihill said. “Together, they inspire curiosity about our past and really get us thinking about our own histories.”
For more than five years, the Kansas Humanities Council has supported special “Kansans Tell Their Stories” projects that have explored what it means to be a Kansan. Many, like those in this exhibit, involved conducting oral histories and researching community heritage.
When the exhibit leaves Peabody, it will travel to Seneca, Lucas, Lansing, and Kinsley.
The project is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.