An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

Angela Bates, BS Ed

Executive Director, Nicodemus Historical Society
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Angela Bates is the Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical SocietyNicodemus is the oldest and only remaining all-African American settlement west of the Mississippi River, and Ms. Bates is a descendant of the first settlers in 1877. Since the site is too far away to visit during our workshops, Ms. Bates will travel to Lawrence to offer an illustrated, interactive presentation about Nicodemus. During her presentation, she will share archival documents and photographs and discuss distance learning programs that the Nicodemus Historic Site offers educators from around the country so you can learn how to continue discussions about this fascinating place with your own students.

Ms. Bates worked to get Nicodemus designated a National Historic Site, has written fourth-grade curriculum for Kansas schools covering the history of African Americans, and serves as a speaker for the Kansas Humanities Speakers Bureau. She is a member of the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bates received the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s “We Can” award (1993), the Brown Foundation’s award for excellence (1994), the Outstanding Contributions award (1996) from the Kansas Humanities Council, the African-American Preservation Hero award (1996) from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Woman of Distinction award (1997) from the Kansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Topeka for her work in preserving African American history, and, more recently, the 2012 Kansas Trail Blazer Award.

Photograph by John Noltner


BS Ed, Emporia State University

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

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Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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