ANNUAL MEETING, JANUARY 28, 2017
The 17th Annual Membership Meeting of the Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance will be Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the United Methodist Church, Osborne, with registration at 11:30, lunch at 12 noon, followed by the program. The second Faye Minium Spirit Award will be presented to a community-nominated representative who is dedicated to the well-being of that community. Call for Voices writing contest results will be announced with first-place winners sharing their work. The 20th Anniversary of Nicodemus National Historic Site will be highlighted as Angela Bates, Executive Director of Nicodemus Historical Society, introduces and responds to the speaker, Charlotte Hinger, author of the recent, highly-acclaimed book, Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice in Western Kansas.
Members and friends are urged to attend the annual meeting. Please send dinner reservations by January 20, 2017, to Joan Nothern, PO Box 572, Glasco KS 67445; firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 785-818-4967. Dinner is $15.
CELEBRATING NICODEMUS...at our annual meeting!
The SV24HA annual membership meeting, January 28, 2017, will feature a tribute to Nicodemus, one of our member communities. On November 12, 1996, Nicodemus became a National Historic Site. This year marked its twentieth anniversary, with special events throughout the year.
Charlotte Hinger, author of Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice in Western Kansas, will speak on her experience writing this outstanding history. Angela Bates, Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society, will introduce the speaker and reflect on the impact of the book following Hinger’s presentation.
This is a real opportunity for us to recognize these achievements. Highway 24 provides the gateway route to Nicodemus. Now we can unite in respectful admiration.
KANSAS SAMPLER FESTIVAL
The SV24HA has been an enthusiastic participant in the Kansas Sampler Festival for many years. It is a friendly, colorful way to place our part of the state and our unique stories in the context of the whole state. We are grateful to the North West Kansas Travel Council (NWKTC) for hosting the regional tent displaying the Solomon Valley. North Central Kansas Tourism Council (NCKTC) helped complete our story.
The final Kansas Sampler Festival showcasing the whole state, all there is to taste and see and do as presented by community interpreters, will be May 6-7, 2017, in Winfield. This Festival has evolved into an extraordinary celebration of an extraordinary place: Kansas. A place that is more than the sum of its parts! A new format is promised for the years beyond 2017–encouraging visitors to explore by traveling themselves. This new emphasis echoes our own approach–inviting travelers to the Solomon Valley–as we share Stories Of Land Of Man Of Nature.
We are indebted to the Kansas Sampler Foundation and leader Marci Penner for inspiring and implementing the annual festivals, and now for forging a fresh model to excite traveler interest.
Nicodemus NHS Celebrating 20 Years
Nicodemus National Historic Site continues celebrating its 20th anniversary as a unit of the National Park Service and the centennial of the National Park Service. The theme for the year is “Up from the Free Soils of Kansas, Still We Rise.”
A number of events have been held and more are planned, including the 150th Buffalo Soldier Anniversary Encampment on June 25 and, the annual Nicodemus Homecoming, July 28-30. The first African-American regiments of the U.S. Army were established in 1866, and these “Buffalo Soldiers” served the nation well during the Indian Wars, WWI, and WWII. For more information and a schedule of events, please contact Angela Bates, Executive Director, Nicodemus Historical Society at 785-421-3311 or e-mail: email@example.com
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Annual SV24 memberships are on the calendar year and expire December 31 each year. You can join us anytime! Please send dues to our treasurer: Alan LeSage, PO Box A, Hill City KS 67642. Business, nonprofit organizations, individual and family dues are $25 per year. Additional donations are always welcome to assist with our projects. Those who are not members are invited to join. As always, we thank you for your support.
The SV24HA has been designated a multiple-host Partner Site for two Water/Ways Initiative host sites: Colby and Junction City. Colby will host the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit from August 12 through September 24, 2017. The Smithsonian Exhibit will be in Junction City from January 6 through February 18, 2018. During this extended period the SV24HA is coordinating exhibits that will travel along the valley: Living Off the Water: The Challenge to Tame and Sustain Life in the Solomon Valley.
The anticipated schedule of valley hosts: Alton, August 2017; Beloit, September; Stockton, October; and Glasco, November.
Work is underway to continue with Nicodemus, Hill City, and Hoxie, with dates to be announced.
Coming together to tell the Solomon Valley Water/ Ways stories is truly the Alliance living out our founding vision, allowing us to tell Stories Of Land Of Man Of Nature. Every community is urged to begin investigations and conversations that focus on water locally. The Water/Ways Initiative is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
More About Claence Pickett
The Solomon Valley Highway24 Heritage Alliance placed a Peace Pole in the Glen Elder City Park, selecting that location to honor the work of Clarence Pickett, who grew up in that area. The summer 2016 issue of Quaker Action, published by the American Friends Service Committee, includes Clarence Pickett among significant people who shaped the work of the American Friends Service Committee.
He served as executive secretary of AFSC for 22 years, 1929-1951, directing its work through WWII and its award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 with the British counterpart. The Quaker Action tribute (page 23) concludes: “Clarence positioned AFSC to be a vital force for peace and justice through embracing youth leadership and development, collaboration with partner organizations, valuing collective wisdom, addressing the root causes of war, and living out the radical roots of Quakerism. It was his vision, conviction, and leadership that laid the foundation for the AFSC that we know today.”
We continue to honor his memory at Glen Elder and appreciate the honor he brings to the Solomon Valley. Stop and visit the Peace Pole the next time you are in Glen Elder.
NICODEMUS NHS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS
It has been 20 years since Nicodemus was designated a National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service (November 12, 1996). As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary the National Park Service is also celebrating its 100th Anniversary.
Our theme for the year is “Up from the Free Soils of Kansas, Still We Rise,” and have planned many activities and programs throughout the year.
Our first event, Kick-off Celebration Reception and Program, was held January 23. The March program is detailed in following article.
In conjunction with our 20th Anniversary, the Nicodemus Buffalo Soldier Association is also celebrating the national 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers, the African-American regiments of the U.S. Army. The Nicodemus Buffalo Soldier Association has planned their celebratory event on June 25 at Nicodemus.
For more information and a schedule of events, please contact Angela Bates, Executive Director, Nicodemus Historical Society at 785-421-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NICODEMUS WOMEN’S MONTH PROGRAM
In keeping with our 20th Anniversary Celebration as a National Park, Nicodemus will be celebrated women’s month on March 19, with a day filled with historical women characterizations, exhibits, and musical performances by the descendants of Nicodemus’s famous gospel singers, The Williams Sisters.
Historical photos of the women of Nicodemus, hat divas, and quilt/quilters were on display. Four iconic Nicodemus women also were portrayed. First mother, Emma Williams and the story of her travels west to Nicodemus and having the first baby born into freedom here in Kansas was portrayed by her great-granddaughter, Dr. Johnella Holmes. Angela Bates, Nicodemus historian and Historical Society executive director, portrayed the first historian Lula Craig. Twillia Berry portrayed her great-grandmother Effie Moore, who smoked a pipe and grew cane, providing sorghum to the community. Last, Historical Society Museum archivist Cecelia Crocket portrayed Nettie Craig, first African American female to receive a PhD, and former resident and music teacher at Nicodemus.
To top the day’s program, Twillia Berry, Johnella Holmes, and Angela Bates, descendants of the Williams sisters, recalled the time when the Williams Sisters were a popular gospel singing group in the region. They performed the songs that were sung on the album they produced in the 80s.