Friends of Kaw Heritage

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The Plains Indians of Kansas

The Kaw Councils 2014 educational program series, now celebrating it's 23rd year, will be presented on Sundays at 2 pm at the Kaw Mission State Historic Site in Council Grove.  Six presentations follow the theme The Plains Indians of Kansas.     See Flier

The Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. (FKH) and the Kansas Historical Society sponsor Kaw Councils 2014.

Free refreshments compliments of FKH. Open to the public.  Regular admission fee of $3 for adults and $1 for children applies.  For information, contact the mission or call 620-767-5410.

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Members will receive a quarterly newsletter,
Tah Po Ska.

April 2014 (pdf)
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Kansas State Historical Society

An Intersection of Cultures
Includes information about the Kaw Mission, the Kaw Nation, and Council Grove, Kansas.

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2014 Officers and Board of Directors
Sharon Haun, President, Powwow & Voices Chair
Fay Laughridge, Vice-President  
Peg Jenkins, Secretary
Cheryl Kincaid, Treasurer,
   Membership Chair

Max & Ruth Amos
David & Sharon Bayer
Don Jenkins
Della Orton
Ken Stiebben
Malcolm Strom

Mary Honeyman, Ex-officio member

  The purpose of the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc., is to promote and support the preservation and interpretation of the Kaw Mission State Historic Site and the history of the Kaw Indians in the Council Grove area by providing supplemental funding, volunteer services, advocacy, public relations assistance, community involvement and educational services. Founded in 1993, FKH has a membership of over 140.

Current Events 2014

Kansas Day Commemoration
Saturday, January 25, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Showing of Sunflower Journeys DVDs on Indians of Kansas.

Friends of Kaw Heritage General Membership
Annual Meeting

Sunday, February 9, 2:00 pm
Hello the House! is a dramatic play about Shawnee Indian Mission founder the Reverend Thomas Johnson on the night he was murdered in 1865. Johnson’s murder remains an unsolved mystery. Performance immediately follows the annual general membership meeting of the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc.   Flier

Kaw Councils 2014

Indian Peoples, Trade, and Ecological Change on the Great Plains, 1780-1870
Sunday, March 23, 2:00 pm
Presented by James Sherow, KSU history professor.  Learn about the extensive trading networks that connected Indian peoples to international markets.  This transformed their culture for the better and the worse.

Excavations at the Fool Chief's Village
Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm
Presented by Tricia Waggoner, KSHS Highway Archeologist.  Presentation is a brief overview of excavations at the Fool Chief's Village near Manhattan, KS.

Defeat of the Plains Indians in Kansas
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 pm
Presented by Leo E. Oliva, Santa Fe Trail Historian. This presentation examines the conflict of cultures between Euro-Americans and Plains Indian tribes in Kansas, including an overview of the "Indian Wars" with focus on why the tribes were defeated and driven from Kansas.

Products of the First Kansans
Sunday, May 4, 2:00 pm
Presented by Donald Blakeslee, Wichita State University Archeologist.  By exploring prehistory, Blakeslee will show how the nature and definition of work has changed over time and across cultures by examing the products of their labor and the artifacts they left behind.

The Darkest Period:  The Kanza and Their Homeland, 1846 - 1873.
Sunday, June 1, 2:00 pm
Presented by Ron Parks, author and past director of the Kaw Mission State Historic Site.  Ron Parks will read a few pages and provide commentary from his recently published book, The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873.  There will be a book signing after the presentation.

Lecture, Guided Tour of Art Exhibit, and Reception
Sunday, June 8, 2:00 pm
Presented by: Arthur Short Bull, Oglala Lakota Watercolorist
Exhibit Open to the Public - Wednesday, June 11 through Saturday, June 14; 1:00 p.m.-4p.m.
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More Current Events
Washunga Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
June 20 - 21
Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Friday and Saturday.  Events on Saturday include Washunga Days Parade, Heibert's Dulcimers, and a Native American Flute Player.

Voices of the Wind People
September 19th and 20th, 2014 at 8 pm
An historical drama tells the historically accurate story of the clash of two cultures, Native American and Euro-American, in the historic setting of Council Grove, Kansas on the Santa Fe Trail. The two main characters, Chief Allegawaho, the Kanza (Kaw) Chief and Seth Hays, Council Grove’s first Euro-American resident, narrate this compelling story.

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