Join us for a special Kansas Day program with Ron Wilson, “Now, That’s Rural: Entrepreneurs and Innovators Who Shaped Kansas Communities.” Our program is brought to you by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community.
This event is free and open to the public.
The work and life of many rural Kansas communities have been shaped by entrepreneurs and community leaders. This presentation highlights real-world examples of rural entrepreneurs who have built businesses and created jobs and opportunities, changing the way Kansans work. These businesses include manufacturing in Marysville, advertising in Downs, boats in Neodesha, trailer hitches in Humboldt, robots in Winfield, and more. The presentation also honors the emerging role of innovation, technology, and telecommunications that brought about so many changes.
Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at
Kansas State University. He served as a legislative assistant to Senator Nancy
Kassebaum; as a staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition
and Forestry; and as vice president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. In
1985, he returned to Kansas and in 1989 became director of the Huck Boyd Institute.
Ron produces a weekly radio program and news column called “Kansas Profile” about
rural Kansas. He also writes cowboy poetry and lives on a historic family ranch near
Manhattan. He joined the KHC Speakers Bureau in 2010.
“Now, That’s Rural: Entrepreneurs and Innovators Who Shaped Kansas Communities” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.