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Posts for March 2011

The Secret’s Out about the Arts in El Dorado

 Alley with sculptures

I know a secret about El Dorado. Actually, I know several secrets, and they all involve works of art. One lies in an alley, another sits on the sidewalk, and one’s in a back room. Since it’s not hush-hush, however, I’ll first reveal the best-kept secret of all…it’s the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art. Did you know it houses one of the largest collections in the Midwest of bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington? Or that is has the largest collected works in the country by world-renowned painters Americo, Eva, and A.B. Makk? The artwork here is diverse; you’ll find Renoir, Degas, Thomas Hart Benton, and Charles M. Russell. My favorite exhibit features the Prairie Print Makers, a group organized in 1930 to promote art in Kansas.

Posted on March 8, 2011 8:37PM by Cecilia Harris

Kansas Spotlight: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Learn about the treasures waiting for you at the 10,894-acre preserve of tallgrass prairie near Strong City.Named one of the top places in America to visit by National Geographic, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a rare portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once covered 140 million acres of North America. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities at the preserve, including:

Posted on March 7, 2011 8:50PM by Becky Blake

Byways of Stone

The story of the Flint Hills is largely a story about limestone. Now don't wince at the thought of learning about rocks; the story of the flinty-hard layers of stone in the Kansas Flint Hills is as fascinating as any adventure into the wild places of our state. So recently, when warm weather started to melt the piles of snow that had built up around our driveway, my wife and I decided to reacquaint ourselves with the story of rocks and remember again why we love the Flint Hills. For that, we took the drive along Kansas' Native Stone Scenic Byway, passing through Dover, Keene, Eskridge, and Alma along State Highways 4 and 99.

Posted on March 2, 2011 3:12PM by Dennis Toll


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