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2/24/2015 - History on a Piece of Cloth Kansas Flour Sacks

Nona Miller, Education Coordinator

Susan Hawksworth, Director

History on a Piece of Cloth: Kansas Flour Sacks

A First Thursday Presentation
Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location:  Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron, Salina, KS 67401
Admission: Free

Join local collector, Nancy Jo Leachman, for a free presentation about history of flour sacks at the Smoky Hill Museum’s First Thursday program, March 5 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Flour sacks were mini-billboards of their time. These practical pieces of cloth often expressed political views and showed advertising trends, marketing schemes, cultural themes and more. Join Nancy Jo Leachman as she discusses these mini-billboards, showcasing her new additions as well as many from the Salina area. Nancy Jo has been collecting flour sacks for 16 years and has over 100 Kansas flour sacks, most of which are from the 1920s to the 1940s. She’s also an ardent Kansas explorer and a reference librarian for the Salina Public Library. You’re invited to bring your own flour sack, or something made from a flour sack, to share with Ms. Leachman.
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, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 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.

For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.