State Board of Education candidate forum planned Oct. 12

A forum for the candidates for State Board of Education, 1st District, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The forum is sponsored by Kansas Citizens for Science, and co-sponsors include the MainStream Coalition Foundation and Historic Westheight Neighborhood Association.

Candidates will include incumbent Janet Waugh, a Democrat; and challenger Nancy Klemp, a Republican.

The forum is open to the public. Public education issues will be addressed. Most of the forum will be questions from the audience.

KCK organization teaches lost arts of blacksmithing, carving and spinning

Dave Whisenhurt demonstrated carving recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)
Dave Whisenhurt demonstrated carving recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

The lost arts of stone carving, wood working, blacksmithing, spinning and embroidery are preserved by an organization in Kansas City, Kan.

The Institute for Historic and Educational Arts, a not-for-profit organization, teaches the lost arts. The organization was founded in 1996 by Mike and Marsha Nave.

At the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, the institute displays blacksmithing, embroidery and spinning.

“We teach a lot of things out here,” Mike Nave said. “We would go out to schools and churches and teach, however sometimes that gets to be a little bit hard.”

Bringing all the equipment to a site can be a challenge, he said.

“This year we have two new classes; one of them, for example, is tent making and the other is sail making,” Nave said.

He said girls were more eager to learn the skills than boys. Currently, a girl apprentice is studying blacksmithing, he said.

For more information about the Institute for Historic and Educational Arts, call 913-621-4940 or visit the website at www.historicarts.com.

Will Miller demonstrated blacksmithing recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)
Will Miller demonstrated blacksmithing recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

Lily Cody worked as an apprentice blacksmith at the Renaissance Festival recently. (Photo by William Crum)
Lily Cody worked as an apprentice blacksmith at the Renaissance Festival recently. (Photo by William Crum)

Jose Elgadillo demonstrated lost arts recently at the Renaissance Festival. (Photo by William Crum)
Jose Elgadillo demonstrated lost arts recently at the Renaissance Festival. (Photo by William Crum)