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Come one, come all to Trego Co. huckster event

10/25/2013

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The Trego County Historical Society is hosting a free presentation about the famous "snake-oil salesmen" characters from Kansas history 2 p.m. Sunday at WaKeeney's Historical Society Museum, 128 N. 13th.

"Hucksters, Barkers and Sideshows" will delve into the remarkable tale of 19th and early 20th century businessmen who traveled to small Kansas towns to sell their wares. Erika Nelson, director of the World's Largest Things Inc., will tell the stories of the infamous goat-gland doctor and other remarkable merchants.

Nelson is an independent artist who travels the country researching art and roadside attractions. Nelson founded a mobile museum called the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.

The program is part of the Kansas Humanities Council's The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau. The council provided the grant to host Nelson so Kansans can learn more about the state's heritage and how it shaped culture. The Kansas Humanities Council is a financial resource for community groups that seek to promote civic and cultural engagement.

Marjean Deines, associate director of the museum, said the historical society has similar programs throughout the year to provide an enjoyable avenue for the lessons.

"We want to have people come and learn about Kansas, Trego County and other aspects of our history," Deines said.