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4/1/2013 - A Photographer’s Work and the Work of Western Kansas, a First Thursday Presentation
A Photographer’s Work and the Work of
Western Kansas, a First Thursday Presentation

WHAT: The Photographs of F.M.Steele
WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Lee District in historic Salina downtown, area businesses, galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops.
Admission: Free

The Smoky Hill Museum will host “A Photographer’s Work and the Work of Western Kansas,” Join author and historian, Jim Hoy, as he shares and discusses the powerful images of Francis Marion Steele. This free presentation is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Photographer F.M. Steele arrived in Dodge City in 1890 to document cowboys at work on the open range. As the prairie began to fence up and cattle ranching gave way to crop farming, Steele’s photographs traced the cultural changes with dramatic images of sod-busting, railroad construction, and town boosterism. Hoy will share Steele’s images and discuss how he documented the dramatic ways work changed at the turn of the 20th century.

"The photographs of F. M. Steele are important not only for their artistry, but because they document the transition from open-range ranching to crop agriculture in Kansas and the Southwestern Plains," said Hoy.
Jim Hoy teaches folklore and literature and is the director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. He has lectured internationally on the folklife of ranching, published 12 books

and over 100 articles, and is the co-author of “Plains Folk,” a syndicated newspaper column. Hoy will also sign his book, Flint Hills Cowboys, carried by the Museum Store.

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

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-5, 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 Immediate Release

Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)

April 1, 2013













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Salina, KS 67401