Residents have an opportunity to take part in a historic Historic Summit on Thursday evening.
Sponsored by the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, the Riley County Historical Society and Museum, and the Historic Resources Board, the Historic Summit asks the community to participate in a program and discussion of topics pertaining to historic preservation in the Manhattan area and Riley County.
One session features David Dary, a Manhattan native, K-State alum and author of more than 20 books. Many of his books focus on the historical aspects of the American West. His remarks will be “Manhattan History, Some Memories and Thoughts.” He is also the grandson of A. W. Long, founder of the Long Oil Company, and namesake of Long’s Park.
A second session will feature a panel discussion about Manhattan’s historic downtown and all of the changes that have occurred in recent years will be the focus. Participants will then have their choice of attending a session about Manhattan’s historic parks or a session that will provide a tour of Peace Memorial Auditorium.
The Historic Summit, which is free and open to the public, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.
Here’s a look at some other area events.
MPL Chess Club, 3:30-6 p.m.
Students are invited to learn, watch and play chess.
Long’s Park Dedication, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Featuring guest speakers David Dary, Ben Eckart and others.
17th & Colorado Streets.
ZOOfari Tails: Marsupials, 10 a.m.
Books read will include “The Purple Kangaroo” and “Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?” Artifacts from the zoo will include a wallaby pelt, and some pictures/video of Joey, a baby wallaby who just recently left his mother’s pouch.
Animal-themed stories and animal artifacts from the Sunset Zoo staff. Some programs include a live animal as well. Monthly book give-away sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership. (Drawing in December.)
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.
Book signing with author David Dary, 3-5 p.m.
Dary’s books “The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore,” “True Tales of Old-Time Kansas” and sequel “More True Tales of Old-Time Kansas” are available for purchase in the FHDC Gift Store. Call 785-587-2726 to reserve your copies.
Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Muzizi, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents “Moulin Rouge, The Ballet,” 7:30 p.m.
Part of the Cultural Film Series, a group of exquisite theater and dance performances filmed at world-famous venues and presented in high-definition on the Opera House movie screen. Tickets for each film are $7 for adults and $5 for military, seniors and students. Film buffs may purchase a pass to all the films in the series and get admission to one for free.
C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
13th Step Reunion, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m.
Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required.
Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.
Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m. dellaVoce.