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Vegetopia: The Kansas Colony Way Ahead of Its Time

Abilene Public Library will host “Vegetopia: The Kansas Colony Way Ahead of Its Time,” a presentation and discussion by Diane Eickhoff on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

In 1856 a band of pilgrims, led by the eccentric Henry Clubb, set out to establish “heaven on earth” in Kansas. Even more controversial than their abolitionist stance was their new way of eating, a meatless vegetable diet. This presentation will explore the uniquely American tradition of utopian thinking and the practicality of chasing dreams.

Diane Eickhoff is an independent historian, writer, and editor of education materials. Her most recent historical biography, Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights, is published by Quindaro Press.

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“Vegetopia: The Kansas Colony Way Ahead of Its Time” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

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