Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Abby Works and Jill Applegate
New Student Services
Kansas State University
9 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0110


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History and Society

African-American Communities in the United States – An Overview Since 1865

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning

African-American settlements were established in every region of the United States following Emancipation. This presentation traces the founders’ lifestyles and the evolution of their communities.

Conducting a Community History Study

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning

This presentation focuses on techniques a student or community group might use to record the history of a place. Analyzing photographs, maps, county records, and interviews can be fascinating if you know how and where to use the clues. Learn more about community genealogy techniques.

History of Nicodemus, Kansas

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning

Nicodemus, in western Kansas (off Highway 24, between Stockton and Hill City), is the only remaining post-Civil War African-American settlement west of the Mississippi. Discover how the early settlers survived on the Plains and why Nicodemus still exists today.

K-State First Ladies

Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay, Emeritus Faculty

In 150 years, Kansas State University has had 12 very responsible first ladies. Each was a woman with her own interests, a wife, and a mother, before becoming a public figure. All had many family responsibilites, but they also contributed to the university and community in significant ways.

Save It or Tear It Down? The Choices We Make For Progress

LaBarbara James Wigfall,  Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning

Have you ever passed an old school house, church, or office building scheduled for demolition and wondered what it was like in its heyday? Isn’t it funny how we take ordinary places for granted until they’re threatened by redevelopment? This presentation highlights the issues and choices associated with removing or replacing a historic site or structure in a community.

The Fifth Down Game

Dr. Daniel A. Hoyt, Assistant Professor & Director of Creative Writing

In this lecture and discussion, we will examine the 1990 Fifth-Down Game between the University of Missouri and the University of Colorado football teams in which the referees made a mistake and gave CU an extra down. We will discuss this game, the famous figures involved, and how mistakes like this are made and avoided. This talk will also examine issues of leadership, decision-making, and the growth of big-time college football.