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5/1/2018 - Kansas Legends and Folktales, a First Thursday Presentation

Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales. Join Jim Hoy, Thursday, May 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Smoky Hill Museum (211 W. Iron), as he explores some of the many Kansas legends and folktales: grasshoppers so big, cowboys can ride them to herd cattle; summers so hot, corn pops in the field; Rancher Henry Mudge who wrecked pianos, shot sheep and fooled European dignitaries.

Hoy will also help decipher between a myth, legend and tale. Hoy teaches folklore and literature at Emporia State University.

The Museum would like to thank the Kansas Humanities Council, for making this presentation possible.

For more information, contact the Smoky Hill Museum at (785) 309-5776 or visit

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.