Hall Center For The Humanities


Jim Hoy
Professor/Director, Center of the Great Plains Studies, Emporia State University

A Photographer's Work and the Work of Western Kansas
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace

Francis Marion Steele arrived in Dodge City in 1890 with a buggy outfitted with glass plate photography equipment, setting out to document cowboys at work on the open range. As the prairie began to fence up and cattle ranching gave way to crop farming, Steele's photographs traced the cultural changes with dramatic images of sod-busting, wheat farming, and sugar beet production. His camera also captured railroad construction, irrigation projects, and town boosterism. See and enjoy images from Steele's camera and learn about the dramatic ways work changed in western Kansas at the turn of the 20th century.

Jim Hoy received his Ph.D. in medieval English literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is professor of English and the Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University.  He is an authority on the folk life of ranching, a topic on with he has lectured internationally. Jim's publications include 12 books and over 100 articles, and he is the co-author of "Plains Folk," a syndicated newspaper column. Jim has spoken to NGSL about the cattle drives in Kansas history and he is a member of the speakers bureau of the Kansas Humanities Council.

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