About 40 members of the New Generation Society recently took a trip to the Flint Hills. The group is assisted by the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University.
Members of a group who recently toured the Flint Hills and new Tall Grass Prairie National Park said the experience was well worth it.
"Everybody had a great time," said Lyn Smith, program chair for the New Generation Society, comprised mainly of Lawrence residents.
The group was formed in 1997 to give people who have recently moved to Lawrence and others a chance to participate in educational, social and philanthropic activities.
It is assisted by the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University, which provides secretarial support.
About 40 members of the group took a bus to Cottonwood Falls, where they had lunch and toured the historic courthouse there.
They then went to the Flint Hills and toured Tall Grass Prairie National Park, including a tour of an old ranch house at the Z-Bar ranch.
The tour was led, in part, by Rex Buchanan, assistant director of the Kansas Geological Survey.
"It was very interesting for me and everybody because he did a super job," said Don Fambrough, a 1948 KU graduate and longtime assistant and head KU football coach before his retirement.
The group then went to Council Grove, where they had dinner at the Hays House restaurant.
The group took the trip last Wednesday. It was the first day-long trip by the New Generation Society.
There are about 175 members in the group.
Other past field trips the group has taken include a tour of the Kansas Historical Society and a trip to the Missouri State Ballet, said Janet Crow, executive director of the Hall Center for the Humanities.
"We've done several things with this group, and I've enjoyed all of them," Fambrough said.
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