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Art Exhibits

  1. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  2. Water Stories by Lynn Benson

    February 13, 2018, 10:00 AM - May 26, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    "Waterplaces" is a suite of 101 drawings on vellum paper. The exhibition will also present the artist’s 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, "Dancing on the Table." This work reflects Benson's interest in water sources that flow under ground such as the Ogallala Aquifer in parts of Western Kansas and surrounding states. Benson brings attention to this hidden natural treasure in a chine colle´ lithograph with gold leaf and coloring applied by hand.

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  3. Intersection: Meeting of the Creative Minds

    April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - June 9, 2018, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Creative Minds exhibit features works by AlBo Glass, Dick Bixler, Michael Driggs, Jan Joosten, Christina Klein, Diane Lawrence, Owen Oertling, Larry Peters, Jason Sciulla, Nancy Teague, Lynette Ubel and Todd Van Duren.

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  4. River Compositions by Lynn Benson

    May 5, 2018, 12:00 PM - July 15, 2018, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store Gallery

    In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, burst into flames because sparks fell on oil-covered debris floating on its surface. News of the burning river captured artist Lynn Benson’s imagination and inspired her to study how human activity affects a vitally important resource: water. In a range of mediums, Benson represents bodies of water implicated in environmental and political struggles.

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  5. Jam Session: Musical Selections from the Permanent Collection

    May 15, 2018, 10:00 AM - August 25, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Curated to complement the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock,” this exhibition features music, musicians and musical instruments through the eyes of artists. Summer programs focus on the intersection of music and the visual arts.

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Community Events

  1. “Best of Times, Worst of Times: K-State in 1968”

    April 4, 2018 - October 18, 2018 @ Hale Library

    Exhibit uses items from university archives to illustrate the various events of that tumultuous year. From campus visits by Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the mysterious fire that destroyed Nichols Gym, the exhibit explores how national issues played out in Manhattan, alongside traditional university activities. Co-curators: Cliff Hight, Dan Ireton and Ellen Urton.

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  2. KSHSAA 3A state baseball tournament

    May 24, 2018 - May 25, 2018 @ Tointon Family Stadium

    Eight-team, single-elimination tournament determines the 3A state champion in Manhattan.

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  3. 1115 Happy Hour

    May 25, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Garden

    Full menu of special cocktails, beer, wine and rosé, special "Happy Hour" menu with selection of drink specials not found on our regular menu.

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Craft Shows

  1. Yack & Yarn

    May 1, 2018, 6:00 PM - May 29, 2018, 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library and relax with other crafters. Five May programs open to all fiber crafters, regardless of skill level. Supplies will be on hand, but please bring your own projects to work on.

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For the Kids!

  1. Zoofari Tails Storytime

    May 25, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Zoofari Tails Storytime features animal stories presented by Sunset Zoo staff. Children can also explore interesting animal artifacts from the zoo, such as furs, feathers, and skulls!

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  2. Winter/Spring 2018 ARTSmart programs for families at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    May 25, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art 14th & Anderson

    All ages: Explore the wide variety of media found in the Beach Museum of Art’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. “Here, and Now” the K-State Art Faculty exhibition provides a wide variety of inspiration for creative youngsters. Call 785-532-7718 or email for reservations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you need to cancel your reservation let us know so we can call those on the waiting list.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. 3A high school state baseball tournament

    May 24, 2018 - May 25, 2018 @ Tointon Family Stadium

    Visit Manhattan and Manhattan Parks & Recreation host the Kansas 3A state baseball tournament at Tointon Family Stadium on the campus of Kansas State University.

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  2. 3A high school state softball tournament

    May 24, 2018 - May 25, 2018 @ Twin Oaks Complex

    Manhattan Parks & Recreation hosts the 3A High School State Softball tournament.

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Special Events

  1. Be the Dinosaur

    May 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - September 3, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Can you guess what a day in the life of a dinosaur was like? How did they live? With this exhibit slated for Flint Hills Discovery Center, you can experience how the mighty T-Rex was one of the most ferocious of the Mesozoic Era. This fusion of state-of-the-art, high-tech videography and traditional exhibit features full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station and more! Live like the dinosaurs! Visit Be the Dinosaur!

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