McPherson County Historical Society presentation explores Kansas folktales

By KBBE News
December 15, 2017

The McPherson County Historical Society in McPherson will host “Kansas Legends and Folktales,” a presentation and discussion by Jim Hoy on January 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation at 620-241-8464 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

All historical society programs are open to the public and are free of charge.

Most Kansans are familiar with the stories of grasshoppers so big that cowboys could ride them, or summers so hot that corn popped in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales, but these exaggerated narratives help us understand the character of our state and its people. This presentation will explore some of the many legends and folktales from around the state, and what they say about the communities that keep these stories alive.

An authority on the folklife of ranching, Jim Hoy is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. He has lectured internationally on the folklife of ranching and is the co-author of “Plains Folk,” a syndicated newspaper column.

“Kansas Legends and Folktales” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.

Additional funding for this program was provided by the Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.”

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at

For more information about “Kansas Legends and Folktales” in McPherson contact the McPherson County Historical Society at 620-241-8464 or visit