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Friends: Annual Meeting Presentation Explores The Legacy of the "Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library will host their annual meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library's Meeting Room upstairs.

Chris Glasgow, Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau

Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library in Sabetha will host “The Wizard Behind Oz,” a presentation and discussion by Chris Glasgow as part of their annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Meeting Room at the Mary Cotton Public Library. Friends and members of the community are invited to attend the brief meeting free program. For more information, contact the Friends at or call the library at 785-284-3160.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided to enjoy during the short business meeting and featured presentation. The Friends will be presenting updates of the organization’s activities throughout the past year, as well as conducting the election of next year’s Board of Directors. All are welcome to attend. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

The Wizard behind Oz

If you’re from Kansas, you’ve surely encountered plenty of Wizard of Oz jokes and quips. Where’s Dorothy? You’re not in Kansas anymore! I’m melting! But what you may not know is the fascinating story behind L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” This talk explores the unique appeal of this first truly American fairy tale, and its legacy on our culture from speech, to music, to media. This presentation pulls back the curtain on Baum’s crowning achievement.

Chris Glasgow serves as curator at the Oz Museum and Columbian Theatre Foundation in Wamego.

“The Wizard Behind Oz” is part of Humanities Kansas's Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit leading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit

About the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library

The Friends is a local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to support the library's role in and service to the community. A volunteer, yearly-elected Board of Directors is the governing body for the Friends and is responsible for fulfilling the group's mission. Be a part of new initiatives to enhance your local library and support a valuable community resource that serves all ages - join the Friends today! Visit for more information.

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