FHDC receives grant

By The Mercury

The Flint Hills Discovery Center recently received an $8,725 humanities and heritage grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

Discovery center officials said that the funds will be used to create the second installment in the FORCES! Series, titled “Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley, and KSU, 1917-1963.” 

The exhibition is a partnership between the Discovery Center, Fort Riley, Kansas State University and the Riley County Historical Society.

“Every organization speaks to the strength of forming and retaining partnerships to help raise their awareness in a community or region,” said the center’s director, Fred Goss. “As with the second FORCES! exhibition, the Discovery Center has continued to build on past relationships.”

The first exhibition covered 1853 to 1917, and included an extensive collection of objects, photographs and documents — including a bright-yellow 1912 Ford Model T.

The sequel exhibition is set to open at the center on Sept. 27, 2014, and will remain available to visitors through Feb. 1, 2015. A series of public programs exploring the history of the region between 1917 and 1963 will also take place in Manhattan during the exhibition.

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural 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.

The exhibition will be available for viewing during all hours of operation, and access is included in the normal price of admission.

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