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Panel Discussion and Presentation set for Highland Community College Humanities Kansas Grant

published September 20, 2019Panel Discussion and Presentation set for Highland Community College Humanities Kansas Grant

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Highland Community College was the recipient of a grant to preserve and establish an archive to preserve the 161 years of HCC’s historical records, memorabilia, and photos that have been kept or donated by alumni, community members and staff.


Among these documents is a land grant signed by President James Buchanan from 1859 giving 320 acres to Presbyterian Foreign Missions which became the town of Highland and included Highland University (now known as Highland Community College).


Cindy Davis, HCC Library Director and Project Director noted, “Highland Community College has a very long and rich history. This grant has been invaluable to the work of preserving items that tell the story of Kansas’ oldest college and the community around it.”


Presentation of Land Grant
On October 9, 2019, the restored land grant signed by United States President James Buchannan will be presented to the college and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska as well. This event will be held in the HCC Library at 4 p.m.


Panel Discussion and Reception

The “Interpretation of the Past, by Those Living in the Present, Influences the Future,” panel discussion event will be held on November 13. Speakers will include Lance Foster; Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Iowa Tribe Kansas & Nebraska; Alan Kelley, Executive Committee Vice-Chairman, Iowa Tribe Kansas & Nebraska; and Greg Olson, author, and curator at the Missouri State Archive. He is the author of two books published by the University of Missouri Press. One of these titles, The Ioway in Missouri, won the Missouri Humanities Council’s Governor’s Humanities Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement. Olson has also published three biographies in the Notable Missourians series for upper-level elementary school students with Truman State University Press. His most recent book, Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837–1860, was named a Kansas Notable Book in 2017.


The event will be held in the Math Science Building in MS-1 at 7 p.m. with a reception prior to it in the Yost Gallery at 6 p.m.


Both events are open to the community.


Humanities Kansas
About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.

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