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The Amazon Army Centennial Speaker Series presented by Miners Hall Museum
July 25 @ 2:00 pm UTC-5
One event on August 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm
One event on September 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm
One event on October 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm
One event on November 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm
One event on December 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm
All programs are scheduled for Sundays at 2 p.m. at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas
Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives
Deborah Divine -Salina, KS
In the early 20th century, Emporia was home to a group of innovative quilters. Today, their quilts are housed in art museums and revered internationally. Learn about Kansas quilts from this time period and the unique collaborations that sparked “the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon” and some of the finest quilts of the 20th century.
Tasting the Past: Exploring Kansas Food Memories
Louise Hanson -Lawrence, Ks
Food is a powerful expression of cultural memory For years, ethnic groups in Kansas have used food to maintain connections to the past. This presentation will explore food traditions from a number of ethnic populations in Kansas, including German, Czech, Italian, Jewish, and others.
Railroaded: The Railroad Industry
Leo E. Oliva -Fort Hays, KS
In the 19th century, the influence of the railroad industry was vast. Railroads brought immigrant settlers, created jobs, and fed beef markets in the East. They enabled regular mail service and the adoption of standard time. This presentation examines the complicated legacy of railroads.
Red State: Socialism & The Free Press in Kansas
Matthew Thompson –Overland Park, KS
Although Socialism’s contributions to the labor movement, women’s suffrage, and food safety are well documented, its impact on journalism is less known. At the turn of the 20th century, a cottage industry of small newspapers blossomed in Kansas. This presentation will discuss the rise and fall of the Socialist press in Kansas, as well as its causes, leaders, and detractors, and explore the role of free press.
The Harlem Renaissance
Lem Sheppard -Pittsburg, KS
The booming, experimental period of American history known as the Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to the arts, culture, and intellect of African Americans. But it was also a time of struggle when white society failed to respond to issues of civil rights and social equality. This generation was determined to chart a new course far beyond their parents and grandparents, many of whom had been enslaved. Using jazz, blues, spirituals, and poetry, this presentation spans the 1920s and explores the contributions of Kansas artists who answered the call to this unmistakable moment.
The March of the Amazon Army
Linda Knoll – Pittsburg, KS
When coal was discovered in Southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. The mix of nationalities created an ethnic geography unique to Kansas that came to be known as the Little Balkans. Miners faced hazardous working conditions, poor pay, and discrimination. In 1921, thousands of women marched on the coal mines in support of striking miners. The New York Times dubbed them the “Amazon Army.” This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.
Funding for this program is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.
This program is held in conjunction with the special year-long exhibit honoring the centennial of the Amazon Army March which began at the site of Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS.
The Amazon Army exhibit is hosted by Linda Knoll. Linda O’Nelio Knoll is an educator and historian who has worked in a variety of settings for heritage preservation. Her play “Army of Amazons: An Oral History of Southeast Kansas” which is based on the area’s coalmining history, has been performed for numerous audiences and provided the research for the mural ‘Solidarity.’ Her work has been published in The Little Balkans Review as well as other publications. She has a website devoted to the Amazon Army and has given numerous presentations on the story of the women’s march. She is a founding member of Miners Hall Museum and Miners Memorial.
This exhibit and programs will focus on the event that epitomizes the spirit of the Kansas Balkans – the women’s march of 1921 in which three to six thousand wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and sweethearts of striking miners marched to confront the scabs employed by the mine owners as well as protest unfair labor practices and the recently passed Court of Industrial Relations Act which outlawed strikes across the coalfields of Southeast Kansas. 2021 marks the centennial year of the three-day march which occurred December 12,13, and 14, 1921.
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If you have artifacts, photos, or stories relating to this exhibit and would like to donate or loan them for this exhibit or future display at the museum, please contact the museum to share this wonderful history.
The museum is open for viewing Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Admission to the museum and the programs is free. Donations are accepted and appreciated. The museum and our facilities will adhere to the current restrictions and pandemic guidelines for Crawford County and the State of Kansas.