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The Kansas Studies Institute at JCCC promotes research and teaching on the culture, history, economics and natural environment of Kansas.

The institute reaches out to two audiences – Johnson County residents who don’t know much about Kansas beyond the metropolitan area and residents who have moved to the suburbs from rural areas and want to maintain a connection to home. Tai Edwards is the director.

Learn more about the Kansas Studies Institute!


Image of painting Smoky River by Birger Sandzen

Smoky River, 1938, by Birger Sandzén, is in the Post Office in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Join us for a free screening of A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State

Monday, April 22, noon to 1 p.m.
CoLab (OCB 100)

This documentary film examines New Deal public art in Kansas. After the screening, historian and filmmaker Kara Heitz and director Graham Carroll will take questions from the audience. A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State is a film by Clio's Scroll Productions LLC in conjunction with the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg; it is funded by a grant from Humanities Kansas and Kansas Studies Institute. 

This screening is open to the public. Free cookies and coffee!

Logos of Kansas arts institutions


Raising Funds to Blaze Trails

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 | 6-9 p.m.
Capitol Federal Conference Center (RC 101)

Support “Paths through Quindaro: Explore, Remember, Experience,” an initiative to build walking trails and post signage throughout the historic Quindaro townsite in Kansas City, Kansas.

Join us at the Regnier Center for an evening of:

  • Delicious food and drink
  • Guest speakers
  • Live music
  • Silent auction

Tickets are $50 each or $600 per table (seats 10). All ticket and silent auction proceeds will benefit the “Paths through Quindaro” project.

The event is co-hosted by the Western University Association of the AME Church and JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute.


Celebrate Kansas Day with the free documentary Strangers in Town

January 29, 12 to 1 p.m.
CoLab (OCB 100)

See how global migration transformed Garden City, Kansas, and gave new meaning to the city's motto "the world grows here.” The screening will last 35 minutes, followed by 25 minutes of discussion facilitated by the Kansas Studies Institute.