Dan Holt, President, KAH
Marion Cott to Address the KAH Luncheon
Marion Cott founded the Kansas Humanities Council in 1972, and was its executive director for 34 years. In her presentation to the
annual luncheon on April 14, 2007, she will examine the past growth, and the future, of the humanities in Kansas. Marion will retire in December 2006.
When she became director of the KHC, there were only 13 councils nationwide - today there are 56. The establishment of humanities councils
was an experimental program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among her many achievements with the KHC was the establishment of the popular
speakers bureau and the Kansas Chautauqua. She has been an outstanding spokesperson for the humanities, serving at the national level on the Board of
Directors of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the board of the Great Plains Chautauqua Society. She has been a grant reviewer for the NEH,
and has taught at Washburn University and Kansas State University as an adjunct history professor.
Marion has been a member of various community groups and professional organizations, including the Kansas Bicentennial and Quincentenary
Commissions, and the advisory board of the Kansas Sesquicentennial Commission. She has served as a board member of the Travel Industry Association of Kansas,
and a delegate to the Mountain/Plains Cultural Tourism Leadership Forum.
Paper Proposals due January 29, 2007.
Those interested in participating in the Five Star Leaders Program on April 13, 2007, must inform us of their intent no later than
December 31, 2006.
If you need additional information regarding the two reminders, please let me know.
The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site is www.abilenekansas.org;
Lodging information for Abilene for those wanting to stay overnight in April is available from the CVB.