HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library has created several special exhibits which will be displayed in the library throughout the month of March.
On the upper floor, the government documents staff has constructed two displays detailing the history of the state and the nation.
The "Pioneer Spirit" display chronicles the history of Nicodemus, Kansas, the only western town established by African-Americans after the Reconstruction. It was named a national historic site in 1996. The display contains photographs and documents from the Library of Congress, the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, and the Kansas State Historical Society, as well as the Cultural Landscape Report and Special Resource Study written by the National Park Service.
A three-part display on Abraham Lincoln explores three aspects of his presidency in depth. "Lincoln at Gettysburg" portrays the battle site in maps, photographs and historic documents, as well as providing Lincoln's perspective on the battle through written records. "Our 16th President" and "Electing our 16th President" use photographs and books to provide insight into Lincoln's presidential saga.
The main floor features 20 original acrylic paintings of birdlife, including cardinals, robins, grackles and thrush, by WaKeeney resident Lorraine N. Ross. Ross has been painting in acrylics since the late 1960s.
In the basement, the cataloging staff has constructed three displays. "Children's Classics" illustrates favorite tales using book covers; "Fractured Fairy Tales" offers classic children's stories rewritten with a twist. The "African-Americans" display put together in honor of Black History Month continues to be on exhibit through March.
Forsyth Library is open from 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday.