The Finney County Historical Museum will launch its 2019 Brown Bag Lunch and Evening at the Museum series of history lectures on Wednesday.
The Brown Bag Lunch series hosts hour-long programs at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at the museum, 403 S. Fourth St. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch, and the museum will provide beverages and dessert.
The Evening at the Museum series hosts programs, sponsored by the Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers, at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Attendees may bring their own dinner, and the museum will provide beverages and dessert.
Admission for both programs is free and available through the north entrance.
Brown Bag Lunch spring sessions include:
• “What’s in Your Cabinet” on Jan. 9, focusing on Pyrex, Glasbake, FireKing and other vintage bakeware, presented by museum Education Coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee.
• “What’s in a Name?” on Feb. 13, exploring stories behind the names of Garden City streets, presented by Hebrlee.
• “Forging Ahead” on March 13, with an outline of new developments in Finney County Extension, presented by Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Jennifer LaSalle and additional Extension personnel.
• “The Lewis and Clark Expedition” on April 10, which will recall the 1804-1806 trek of discovery dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson after completing the Louisiana Purchase, presented by Neal Bachman of Garden City.
Evening at the Museum spring sessions include:
• “From Honduras to Kansas” on Jan. 15, explaining Garden City resident Oscar Rivera's story of immigration to the U.S., presented by Rivera.
• “Your Ancestry Bloodline” on Feb. 19, comparing DNA testing offered by Ancestry, 23AndMe and additional services, presented by Hebrlee.
• “What’s My Point?” on March 19, which will focus on arrowheads, spear points and other stone artifacts brought by attendees, presented by archeological consultant Chad Myers of Kalvesta.
• “Ditches and Waterways of Southwest Kansas” on April 16, covering the network of irrigation channels that helped make regional agriculture a success, presented by Kevin Salter of the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Ron Conway, retired leader with The Garden City Company.