Elkhart’s Work Stories

It’s been a labor of love for the Morton County Historical Society Museum in Elkhart as they prepared to host The Way We Worked in Morton County, opening October 27. The museum enlisted the help of Elkhart High School’s College Speech Class to interview area residents who worked within six fields of work: agriculture, education, government, medical, oil/gas, and retail/business. The results have been impressive. The high school students’ interviews paint a rich portrait of working life in the southwest Kansas community: from a nurse who worked during the polio epidemic to a surgeon who came to Elkhart by way of the Philippines to a real-life rodeo queen. The interviews have been published in the Elkhart Tri-State newspaper.

That’s not all. Visitors to the Morton County Historical Society Museum can also see an exhibition about the area’s oil and gas industry through December 9 and participate in public programs on October 27 and November 1.

As one of 16 The Way We Worked in Kansas partner sites, the Morton County Historical Society Museum’s local stories are contributing to the statewide conversation about work and working in Kansas and how these stories define us: our way of life, our sense of who we are, and the values we hold important.

Contact the museum for details, locations, and times.