Forsyth Library and Hays Sister Cities Committee presents 'A Visit to the Jesuit-Guarani Historic Ruins'

Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library Friends along with the Hays Sister Cities Committee will present "A visit to the Jesuit-Guarani Historic Ruins" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the library, on the FHSU campus.

F. Gene Ernst, Kansas State University emeritus professor of architecture, and Luis Fernando, an engineer from Paraguay, will present the joint presentation of their travels to five historic 17th century Jesuit-Guarani town sites in Paraguay.

Under the sponsorship of Comite Paraguay-Kansas, Kansas Paraguay Partners, and the Partners of Americas, a subsidiary of the U.S. State Department, Ernst and Meyer were able to travel Paraguay for two weeks and focus on creating watercolor and ink drawings of the five historic sites on the "Trail of the Jesuits" in southern Paraguay.

Ernst and Meyer will discuss and illustrate the architectural significance of the Guarani Indian cities that lasted for two centuries but are now in ruins as well as give an update on Santa Maria de Fe, Hays' Sister City.

Artwork will be on display and some will be for sale. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

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