The next Evening at the Museum presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of the Finney County Historical Museum, with a joint pre-holiday program by Conny Bogaard, Ph.D., and Debra Bolton, Ph.D.
The program, titled “Las Cantigas de Santa Maria,” focuses in part on King Alfonso X of Spain. The Christian ruler led a tolerant society and royal court where Muslim, Jewish and Christian people coexisted in harmony. Known as “El Sabio,” the medieval leader ruled by drawing on his faith and the teachings of the Virgin Mary. The presenters believe present-day Finney County, known for its own cultural diversity, reflects many of the same concepts.
Dr. Bolton and Dr. Bogaard are planning to incorporate visual arts, poetry and live music.
Bolton is a specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension. She is a human ecologist, certified family life educator and geographer, as well as a musician.
Bogaard is executive director of the Western Kansas Community Foundation, and holds a master's of arts in history and a doctorate in philosophy, aesthetics and art theory, with a specialization in museum studies.
Admission is free, with dessert and beverages provided. Those who attend should use the north entrance of the museum and are welcome to bring their own dinner, if desired. The museum in located at 403 S. Fourth St. in Garden City’s Finnup Park.
The Evening at the Museum series is hosted by the Finney County Historical Society.