Author Archives: khcintern

Saving Water, Providing Jobs: A KERCulean Effort

KERC workers clear timber at the site of Lake Wabaunsee, 1934 (photo courtesy Greg Hoots) In 1934, Kansas faced two major problems: a lack of jobs and a lack of water. The Water Conservation Program, spearheaded by the Kansas Emergency … Read full article »

Lawrence’s Reluctance to Take the Plunge into Equality

In 1949, riots erupted in St. Louis when the city desegregated its public pools. As many as 5,000 white swimmers attacked black youths who tried to swim in the newly integrated pools. The unrest injured 20 people and took 400 … Read full article »

Dam, that Took a Long Time

Each year, thousands of anglers, hikers, and boaters enjoy Wyandotte County Lake, a manmade lake that has been a getaway destination in northeast Kansas for nearly 75 years. Today, life on the lake is carefree, but building it was a … Read full article »

A Deluge of Things to Do

Photo provided by Eudora Area Historical Society In mid-July 1951, Hazel Harris went to visit her husband Jerry in the hospital in nearby Lawrence, just west of their home in Eudora. Any other day the drive would have been a … Read full article »

Inside the Dam

Ken Wenger, Park Manager at Milford Lake in northeast Kansas, loves that every day his job can look different. One day he can hop in the pickup and patrol the park, another day he can be on a boat inspecting … Read full article »

Grant Avenue by Boat: 25 Years Since the 1993 Junction City Flood

In mid-July 1993, 32” of precipitation fell in Geary County in northeast Kansas, home to the Milford Dam and nearby Junction City. On July 19, with the lake at crisis level, Milford Dam Project Manager Brad Myers maximized the water … Read full article »

Talking the Talk: Figures of (Sports) Speech

This year, KHC features weekly posts related to the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Hometown Teams, currently touring Kansas. The United States bears a deserved reputation as a sports-obsessed nation. We love our sports so much that when we can’t play the … Read full article »

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“The Class of the State”: Haskell’s Gridiron History

This year, KHC features weekly posts related to the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Hometown Teams, currently touring Kansas. Alabama. Florida State. Stanford. Haskell? Today, the biggest names in college football are schools with enrollment in the tens of thousands from conference … Read full article »

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Tinker, Player, Hero, Legend

This year, KHC features weekly posts related to the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Hometown Teams, currently touring Kansas. No one still living in the small town of Muscotah, Kansas, ever saw Joe Tinker play baseball. They certainly weren’t around for either … Read full article »

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A League of Our Own in Chase County

This year, KHC features weekly posts related to the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Hometown Teams, currently touring Kansas. Chase County, Kansas, home to a population of just under 3000 people, isn’t a big place. But as any Kansan knows, small doesn’t … Read full article »

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