McPherson County Historical Society Presentation Feb. 1


The next McPherson County Historical Society presentation will by held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave.

The McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation in McPherson, will host “Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat),” a presentation and discussion by Jerry Harper on Saturday, February, 1st at 2 PM at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the McPherson Museum at 620-241-8464 for more information. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

When J.R Brinkley established a medical clinic in Milford, in 1917, few imagined the success he would achieve with his questionable practice of transplanting goat glands into humans, a dubious cure for flagging male virility. To many, Brinkley was a quack and a con man. For others he was the great rejuvenator, a man of the people, and a marketing genius. This presentation looks at Brinkley’s life to see what cautionary lessons might prove helpful in today’s world.

Jerry Harper is a semi-retired lawyer with an ongoing interest in Kansas’s more colorful characters.

“Brinkley is always good for a few laughs, but the fact is that by the time of his death, ‘Doc’ Brinkley had a thriving medical practice in three states,” said Harper. “He transformed radio broadcasting, revolutionized political campaigns, and almost become Governor of Kansas.”

“Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat)” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For more information about “Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat) in McPherson contact the McPherson Museum at 620-241-8464 or visit

About 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

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