Water bubbling from the ground fascinated people in Kansas long before the arrival of white settlers, with Native Americans considering such sites sacred.
This Sunday April 15, geologist Rex Buchanan will present "Historic Springs in Kansas" in the third of the 2012 Kaw Council's educational program series. The presentation is at 2 p.m. at the Kaw Mission State Historic Site, 500 N. Mission Street., in Council Grove.
Regular admission fee of $3 for adults and $1 for children applies.
"One of the interesting things about springs is that they are a place where human and natural history intersect—where the plants and animals and people come together," Buchanan said. "Archaeologists have told us that at almost any of these spring locations we visit, if we looked around we would find evidence of Native American activities in terms of points, spear points, and other remnants of their activities."
For thousands of years, the springs of Kansas have served as important sources of water for human consumption. The routes of historic trials were determined by springs, such as Alcove Spring on the Oregon Trail or Diamond Spring along the old Santa Fe Trail. From Bonner Springs to Baxter Springs to Sharon Springs.
Buchanan grew up near Little River, in Rice County. He has degrees from Kansas Wesleyan University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been with the Kansas Geological Survey since 1978. Buchanan has authored numerous books on geology in Kansas.
The Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc, the Kansas Historical Society, and the Santa Fe Trails Association sponsor Kaw Councils 2012. Refreshments will be provided.
The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.