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7/24/2013 - The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard

Program Information: Nona Miller
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day)

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

For Immediate Release 

The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard

Thursday, August 1, 2013
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron, Salina, KS 67401

You’ve seen them. Postcards with hard to believe images, like farmers using logging saws to slice ears of corn or monster grasshoppers that could stop a train. Erika Nelson will discuss these and other postcards of William H. “Dad’ Martin and Frank D. “Pop” Conard. From the early 1900s through 1940, their crafted images pushed the medium of photography and promoted Kansas in unique ways. There will even be a how-to demonstration to create a “hopper whopper.” Erika Nelson is the creator and curator of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. This free presentation is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, and will be offered at the Smoky Hill Museum Thursday, August 1, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

 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.

ADA NOTICE: For needed accommodations, please contact Susan Hawksworth between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm at (785) 309-5776. Please contact us 3-5 workdays prior to date of needed accommodations.