Special to Reflector-Chronicle
“Products of the First Kansans,” a presentation and discussion by Donald J. Blakeslee will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, at Dickinson County Heritage Center located at 412 S. Campbell Street. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program hosted by the Dickinson County Historical Society in Abilene. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
This program is part of the Dickinson County Historical Society’s Memories of the Prairie Lecture Series. Each Saturday evening in June and July there will be a program on Kansas History. These programs are free of charge; however donations are always welcomed. You contribution will help the Dickinson County Historical Society continue to preserve the heritage of our county.
Although early Native Americans did not leave written records, we can gain some understanding of how they worked by examining the products of their labor and the artifacts they left behind. By exploring prehistory, Blakeslee will show how the nature and definition of work has changed over time and across cultures.
Blakeslee is an expert on prehistoric and early historic Plains life and professor of anthropology at Wichita State University. He has done fieldwork throughout the Great Plains and is the author of four books and numerous articles in anthropology.
“Viewing the past from our large and complex society, we have a hard time imagining how people lived their lives,” observed Blakeslee. “In small societies without many specialists, everyone needed huge amounts of ‘how to’ knowledge: how to build a house, how to make a fire, how to create and maintain all the tools they needed. What is more, they had to communicate all that knowledge to their children and grandchildren.”
“Products of the First Kansans” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.
The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.
For more information about “Products of the First Kansans” in Abilene contact the Dickinson County Historical Society at 785-263-2681.