July 17, 2022 Program: Architecture of the People’s Houses

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Architecture of the People’s Houses

presented by Murl Riedel

Sunday, July 17, 2022, 2 p.m.

Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 South Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas

Kansas has 105 county courthouses and hundreds of city halls, plus a few more state capitals than you might expect. The manifestation of the greatest ideals occurs in these buildings, where the work of the people’s democracy is in action. The designs of these buildings tell us about the evolution of local government in the state. Larger societal issues, such as the Free State and the Civil Rights movements, can also be examined through the architecture of place. Some resemble Greek and Roman temples of democratic ideals while others convey the Victorian notions of civility. Still others are nondescript storefronts. Regardless of scale and beauty, these buildings represent symbols of our shared values and convey much about our communities.

“Architecture of the People’s Houses” is presented by Murl Riedel, a fiscal analyst and retired major from the Kansas Army National Guard. This program is part of Humanities Kansas’s Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (785) 242-1250 or e-mail Diana Staresinic-Deane.


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Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit leading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.


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