General Schedule - Friday evening August 24th - Sunday noon August 26th
The amazing Julie Roller, director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, is our local host. If you know Julie, you know that's reason to sign up right now!
PRE-DIALOGUE TOUR ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON:
If you'd like to come early we'll be arranging a special adventure for the afternoon. Stay tuned!
FRIDAY EVENING AUGUST 24th: "COMMON AND UNCOMMON TRAILS"
We figured the first thing people would ask is, "Are we going to get some Brookville fried chicken?" YES. Our hotel is right across the parking lot from the famous Brookville Hotel, so Do Not Pass Go; we'll be heading over to the Brookville for supper before we start our evening session at the Great Plains Theatre at 7 pm.
Abilene has been home to some significant leaders and entrepreneurs: Joseph McCoy, a pioneer in the cattle industry; C.W. Parker, the "Amusement King"; C.L. Brown, founder of United Telephone, which later became Sprint; and of course President Dwight D. Eisenhower. From the pioneer trails to I-70 to the trails of the communications superhighway... what are the future trails for Kansas?
We'll finish our first evening session around 9:00 and meet back at the Holiday Inn Express for "Dialogue After Hours" in the hospitality room.
SATURDAY AUGUST 25th
The Heart of Dialogue: day sessions at the Abilene Civic Center and downtown area
We'll breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express and travel by car to the historic train depot that is now the Abilene Civic Center. There will be two general sessions with the whole group, along with lunch at the Civic Center.
Our three 3 concurrent sessions will occur in the Civic Center AND a couple of nearby downtown buildings. We'll be splitting into smaller groups and have many topics to choose from. Thanks to the suggestions you make on your registration form, the conversations will range from nitty gritty to humorous and philosophical. There's something for everyone! It's also an opportunity to see some of downtown Abilene. Don't worry if you have mobility issues; there will be a trolley at our beck and call.
SAT MID-AFTERNOON: Let's tour Abilene!
There is so much to see and do in Abilene it will be hard to decide. Take a captivating tour of the Seelye Mansion or visit President Eisenhower's boyhood home and the grounds of his Presidential Library. The Dickinson County Heritage Center houses the Museum of Independent Telephony, which is an absolutely fascinating look at how the telephone has developed over the decades. Take a ride on the 1901 C.W. Parker carousel, the oldest Parker carousel in the world that can be ridden. Pet a greyhound at the Greyhound Hall of Fame, and learn about the history of this amazing animal dating back thousands of years. Wander "Old Abilene Town" to get a feel for what Abilene was like in the 1860's. (Don't be mad you can't see it all in an afternoon. Just come back!)
SATURDAY EVENING AT THE EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY: OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
This is our 25th Kansas Dialogue! We are planning for special guests and a compelling evening! More details will be coming in June. We'll continue the conversation "After Hours" at the hotel hospitality suite.
SUNDAY MORNING AT THE CIVIC CENTER: Some high octane conversation!
Many people say this is their favorite part of the weekend. We'll have three roundtables where you can choose from 10-12 topics at a time. These are fresh topics that you bring to Kansas Dialogue on Friday night, so they feature the latest current events, the most controversial subjects, the goofy, the esoteric, the political, the spiritual... topics that are best suited to small group sharing.
As always, we conclude the weekend with our own fake radio show: "This I Believe"... an inspiring collection of audio essays written and performed by several people in our group. This live show is modeled after the NPR Radio series.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A MEMORABLE WEEKEND GETAWAY!