The Wizard Behind Oz
May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
If you’re from Kansas, you’ve surely encountered plenty of Wizard of Oz jokes and quips. Where’s Dorothy? You’re not in Kansas anymore! I’m melting! But what you may not know is the fascinating story behind L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” This talk explores the unique appeal of this first truly American fairy tale, and its legacy on our culture from speech, to music, to media. This presentation pulls back the curtain on Baum’s crowning achievement.
Our presenter, Chris Glasgow, serves as curator at the Oz Museum and Columbian Theatre Foundation in Wamego.
“The Wizard Behind Oz” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.