Film Gallery

Each Kansas Humanities Council documentary film tells a unique Kansas story. These community-created documentaries explore community, history, traditions, and what it means to be a Kansan. Click on the images below to view the short films.

A Drive Through History Along the Post Rock Scenic Byway

Produced by the Amazing 100-Mile Tourism Coalition, Lucas and Wilson, and HomeTown Collaborations.

Discover how the post rock limestone tradition shaped the landscape and history of this Kansas region. Running time: 8:28.

Bauer, Baker, and Baldwin City: Electrifying a Small Town’s Identity

Produced by Baker University, Baldwin City, and HomeTown Collaborations.

Can one person make a difference? See how Professor William Bauer did just that when he brought electricity to Baker University and Baldwin City in 1907. Running time: 10:48.

C.L. Brown and Kansas Independent Telephony

Thumbnail of C.L. Brown short filmProduced by Dickinson County Historical Society, Abilene.

Entrepreneur C.L. Brown gave back to Abilene, Kansas, in fantastic ways. Brown’s spirit of giving is still alive in the independent telecommunications companies of today. Running time: 15:03.

Celebrating 100 Years: McPherson County All Schools Day

all_schoolsProduced by McPherson CVB and Keith Cantrell.

A look back at 100 years of McPherson County’s annual celebration of students and education that takes place the second week of May. Running time: 16:23

The Clyde Cessna Story

Produced by Kingman County Historical Society, Kingman, and HomeTown Collaborations.

Kansan Clyde Cessna’s boyhood dreams of flight a reality. Learn how he made it happen. Running time: 10:49.

From Football to Futbol

futbolProduced by Justicia, Inc., and Via Dolorosa Films.

The rise of the 2003 Garden City High School soccer team reflected demographic shifts in western Kansas. Running time: 15:42.

Florence, Kansas

Produced by the Florence Historical Society and Stephen Lerner.

Experience the history, struggles, and dreams of one small Kansas town. Running time: 21:32.


The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and a Neighbor

Produced by the Lansing Historical Museum and HomeTown Collaborations.

What does it mean to be a community? Residents of Lansing talk about the impact of having a prison in their town. Running time: 11:32.

Langston’s Lawrence

Produced by Through A Glass Productions and Watkins Museum of History.

Explore events in Langston Hughes’s childhood in Lawrence, Kansas, and how they influenced his develpment as a writer, activist, and champion of human rights. 7:54.

Mariachi Estrella: Ad Astra Per Aspera

Produced by Justicia, Inc., Topeka and Via Dolorosa Films.

Share the triumphs and tragedies of Topeka’s Mariachi Estrella, the nation’s first all-female mariachi band. Running time: 12:02.

Oil and Gold: The McPherson Globe Refiners Basketball Story

Produced by the McPherson CVB and Keith Cantrell.

Experience a Kansas basketball team’s victory at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Running time: 18:41



Our Charley: Charles Curtis “A Boy Forced to Choose”

our_charleyProduced by the Shawnee County Historical Society.

A documentary short film about the Kansas years of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President of the United States.  Running time: 15:03.

People & Place

people_placeProduced by the Arkansas City Area Arts Council.

Explore the impact of the Cowley County, Kansas, landscape on the lives and culture of its people. Running time: 16:39.

Preserving the Past: Topeka’s Jayhawk Theatre

Produced by the Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas, Topeka, and WonderCat Productions.

A short film about the history of Topeka’s 1926 movie palace and its hope for future restoration. Running time: 15:31.


QuindaroProduced by Northeast Cooperative Council, Inc., Kansas City.

A look at the history of the northeast Kansas community of Quindaro and the area’s plans for revitalization. Running time: 19:51

Shifting Course

shifting_courseProduced by CreativeWorks.

Explore the relationship between the Missouri River and the life and culture of Atchison, Kansas. Running time: 17:02.

Strugglers Hill: A People, A Community

Produced by Northeast Cooperative Council, Inc., Kansas City, and Light Bearers Entertainment.

Look at the past, present, and future of Strugglers Hill, a neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas. Running time: 16:10.

Turning Points: Stories of Change

Turning Points_GalleryKHC partnered with four organizations in Hays, Kinsley, Ulysses, and Olathe to develop four 5-minute Turning Points short films that explore a significant moment of change in each of their communities. This project is supported by a generous gift from Suzi Miner in memory of Kansas historian Craig Miner. Running time: 30:00.

Uncommon Ground: A Century of Bartlett Arboretum

Produced by the Bartlett Arboretum, Belle Plaine, and Jaime Green.

Experience the story of the Bartlett Arboretum, a 100 year-old “tree museum” in Belle Plaine. Running time: 17:51.

Volland Memories: The Kratzer Films

Volland MemoriesProduced by Wabaunsee County Historical Society and Greg Hoots.

Learn about longtime merchant and photographer, Otto Kratzer, and the impact he had on the Flint Hills community of Volland, KS. 17:05.

Waters of Kansas

UntitledProduced by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, Topeka, and Christie Dobson.

A series of three short films exploring Kansans’ relationship with water.

When the Well Runs Dry

Directed by Rueben Aaronson and Steve Lerner. Produced by NGO Films and the Florence Historical Society.

“When the Well Runs Dry” portrays the vital connection that rural Kansans have with water. 31:26

With the Grain

with_the_grainProduced by the Miami County Conservation District and CreativeWorks.

A look at conservation and community in Miami County, Kansas. 19:28.