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The McPherson County Historical Society will meet:

Saturday, February 1st @ 2 p.m.

McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation

1111 E. Kansas Ave. McPherson, KS 67460

Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat) presented by Jerry Harper

When J.R. Brinkley arrived in Milford, Kansas, in 1917, with a suspect medical diploma in hand and just $23 in his pocket, few would have imagined the notoriety he would attain over the next 25 years in medicine, politics, and broadcasting. It all began with the xenotransplantation of goat testicles – a dubious cure for flagging male virility that quickly engaged the popular imagination – and brought him fame, fortune, and the wrath of the medical establishment. Eventually, Doc Brinkley lost his Kansas medical license in 1930 but that didn’t stop him from running for Governor. In this presentation, we look at Brinkley’s life to see what cautionary lessons we might learn that could prove helpful in today’s world.

All historical society programs are open to the public and are free of charge.

The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas. Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.