KAPHP juried members offering programs:
Alive with History is the product of Doug McGovern. He is a photographer, teacher, engineer and historical performer. Doug is active in historical activities including working with local preservation efforts, membership in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, reenacting with the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry (as a civilian photographer), and membership in a Victorian Dance performance group.
Janet C. Armstead holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in Music Education from Kansas State University. Janet brings you the story of Mary Ann McCutchan who moved to Kansas Territory in 1859 with her husband and six children. They built their cabin in Kanwaka, a community west of the new town of Lawrence. Janet is a retired teacher with extensive experience in public and private education and is active in the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Fort Larned Old Guard, and the Zendale Community Church. She and her husband Dean reside in Wamego.
Crooked Creek Regulators - Brought to you by Marc Ferguson, the story of Buffalo Hunter Billy Dixon and Doc Holiday.
Debbie Divine combines two of her loves, quilting and research to bring you Rose Kretsinger (quilter, artist, author), First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Marie Webster (early 20th century quilter).
Bonnie Johnson - Brings you the stories of Abigail Adams, Catherine The Great, Mamie Eisenhower, Dolley Madison, Suzanna (Dora) Salter, Louise Thaden, and Katharine Wright.
Njoy History - Norman is a native Kansan. He is a retired teacher and soldier, having served in the U.S. Army for 27 years. He retired as a Sergeant Major. Norman Joy draws on his own years of military service and his historical research connections to bring these characters to life. He holds a Masters Degree from Oklahoma State University. Norman has delighted his audiences with these characters and many others including some from the Lewis and Clark period.
Riches and Rags, Entrepreneur Stories - Historical performer Kitty Frank presents her characters in the Chautauqua style. Like Kittie Hays and the Kanza people, Kitty Frank acknowledges the persistent extremes of the Flint Hills--the dramatic beauty of her home contrasting with the challenges that geography and climate present for those trying to making a living here. With an economics and entrepreneurial background, her stories could be described as "following the money; following the twists and turns of our history knowing humans will always choose the option with the largest benefit for the lowest perceived cost. Kitty welcomes the opportunity to shape a performance for your particular audience.
Ride into History - Ride into History calls what they do “sneaky history.” Others have called their performances “entertaining and intelligent” and“the most popular part of the event,” and said, “I don’t remember when I’ve had so much fun—and I’ve learned, too!” Ride has delighted audiences of all ages, in settings as varied as conferences and schools. Dr. Joyce Thierer and Ann Birney have PhD degrees and have been on humanities council rosters in three states, and Joyce is a history professor at Emporia State University. Ride is serious history...but not TOO serious! As entertainment, Ride into History has been on the Kansas Arts Commissions Touring Program and Mid-American Arts Alliance Heartland Arts rosters.
Pauline Sharp is a citizen of Kaw Nation and past vice-president of the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Mid-American All-Indian Center in Wichita, Ks. Sharp has researched and studied the history and culture of the Kanza People, from whom the State of Kansas took its name. She tells the story of the Kanza (Kaw) people through the character of her grandmother, Lucy Tayiah Eads.
SME - Portals of Time - The dynamic team of Belinda and Mike Adams. Gymnasium, stage, or outdoor setting—educational and entertaining assemblies and programs for all occasions and all ages—programs are designed to fit your site.
Anna Smith is an 21 year Army veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science History from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. Smith belongs to the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historical Performers, Topeka Kansas Daughters of American Revolution Chapter, VFW Auxiliary . Smith is an “Honorary” member of the Konza Prairie Sons of the American Revolution in Manhattan, Kansas.
Sod-Bustin' Kansas History - Agricultural historian Nolan Sump carries his love for the history of farming onto the stage with stories told by three first-person personae. Humor balances hardship in these tales based on real stories.
Bud Southard - Conway “Bud” Southard tells the story of Caltech physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman’s role in explaining the simple physics and perhaps even more simple politics that led to the death of teacher Christa McAuliffe and six other astronauts in the 1986 explosion of the shuttle Challenger.