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Oct 11

Regal Bison: Rumble to Flint Hills Discovery Center for new exhibition

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 12:48 PM by Michael Goens


The story of the American bison -- both tragic and enlightening – is set out in invigorating detail during the next three months at Flint Hills Discovery Center with “Bison: The Great American Icon” exhibition. The American bison is a living symbol of the frontier. Like many areas from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountain range, Flint Hills-positioned bison were once as rampant as well, cow patties in a grazing pasture.

Yep, lots of ’em.

The tumultuous connection between westward expansion with Native Americans and the American bison is an appalling facet of U.S. history, and unfolds in stirring brilliance in MHK. The Bison exhibition remains on display in the Tallgrass Gallery of the center’s second floor through Jan. 13, 2019.


National Bison Day, Nov. 3
Part of the growing excitement for “Bison” includes seventh annual National Bison Day (Nov. 3) celebration; daylong crafts, touch-table artifacts and activities (part of regular admission fees). How ’bout a bison portrait as part of your selfie collection?

More facets of Flint Hills Discovery Center’s fall-winter presentations include dozens of exquisitely-made creations from Konza Prairie Quilters Guild. These designs are on display to exhibit the importance of quilting in prairie culture.


Wolves and Wild Lands
A complementary exhibition in the second-floor mezzanine gallery, “Wolves and Wild Lands” provides a present-day, continental exploration of wolves’ existence, portrayed in human and natural history contexts.

Behind the Exhibit
Several special events and lectures are typical components of Flint Hills Discovery Center exhibitions. Two parts of a three-part lecture series remain, including The Role of Bison in Prairie Maintenance with Jeff Taylor (Konza Prairie herd manager) in one week, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The final piece of the Bison series – Tales of a Wildlife Rehabber – features Pat Silovsky, Milford Nature Center director (6:30 p.m. Nov. 15).

  • Oct. 27 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.), James Sherow moderates a panel discussion titled, “Bison and Humans through Time.” Panel includes a tribal elder, historian, biologist and rancher to share their wide-ranging experiences.


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