Presentation — "Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Kansas on the Silver Screen"

What does “Kansas” mean to American popular culture?
Any Kansan traveling outside the state’s borders knows that sooner or later, he or she will be asked, “Where’s Dorothy?”
The iconic film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” has influenced popular conceptions of the state. But Kansas’ history and themes have also figured significantly in other fictional films produced in Hollywood. Professor Thomas Prasch of Washburn University will discuss what “Kansas” means to American popular culture using excerpts from films for examples.
Professor Thomas Prasch of Washburn University will give a presentation on the subject at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic site, 201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie. For further questions please contact the Historical Society at 913-845-2852. The program made possible through the Kansas Humanities Council.

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