‘Kansas Stream’ 1991-92

On 7th February 1991 a small group men from Kansas, which included a Professor Thomas Oaster of Missouri University, came up with the idea of a ‘men’s day off’ as a way to thank men for the contributions they give to society. The men’s day off became reconceptualised as International Men’s Day and had it’s first event attended by a small group of men and women in 1992. This was the first IMD celebration! The following Kansas City Star article seems to be the only record of this first event:
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During 1991-92 Professor Thomas Oaster wrote a small booklet laying out his ideas for an International Men’s Day and inviting others to join in. Here are a few excerpts from that book where he explans how the idea evolved:
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The following are the main descriptive pages by Oaster regarding his vision for IMD. The remaining pages of the booklet not included here were mainly questionnaires for potential invitees:
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See also

‘Kansas Stream’ 1993-95