WaterWays and Sea of Grass:  Water in the Flint Hills

Symphony in the Flint Hills is proud to present WaterWays, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition that explores water as an essential component of life on the planet, which powers the environment’s engine, impacts climate and helps shape and sculpt the landscape.

A companion exhibit, Sea of Grass, explores the nature, culture and structure of water in the Flint Hills, from the giant inland sea that shaped the rolling landscape, to the communities that were built along the region’s rivers and creeks, to the development that springs up along new water lines.

The exhibits are now showing in the SFH Gallery in Cottonwood Falls.  Open 10:00-5:00 seven days a week.

Special thanks to the Kansas Humanities Council, The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, Chase County Chamber of Commerce, and Matfield Station.

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West steer sculptures

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills Design with major sponsorship from Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages for to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the late 1860s to today.

Exhibit highlights include a comprehensive and accessible synthesis of new and existing research on the Chisholm Trail, a musical exploration of the cowboy song “The Old Chisholm Trail,” clips from films such as The Old Chisholm Trail and Red River, that reference the Chisholm Trail, and several artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle formed from blackened steel. Younger visitors can create their own brands with the “Brand Your Beeves” interactive station.