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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kansan Clyde Cessna’s boyhood dreams of flight a reality. Learn how he made it happen. Running time: 10:49.
The rise of the 2003 Garden City High School soccer team reflected demographic shifts in western Kansas. Running time: 15:42.
Experience the history, struggles, and dreams of one small Kansas town. Running time: 21:32.
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.
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.
Share the triumphs and tragedies of Topeka’s Mariachi Estrella, the nation’s first all-female mariachi band. Running time: 12:02.
Experience a Kansas basketball team’s victory at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Running time: 18:41
A documentary short film about the Kansas years of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President of the United States. Running time: 15:03.
Explore the impact of the Cowley County, Kansas, landscape on the lives and culture of its people. Running time: 16:39.
A short film about the history of Topeka’s 1926 movie palace and its hope for future restoration. Running time: 15:31.
A look at the history of the northeast Kansas community of Quindaro and the area’s plans for revitalization. Running time: 19:51
Explore the relationship between the Missouri River and the life and culture of Atchison, Kansas. Running time: 17:02.
Look at the past, present, and future of Strugglers Hill, a neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas. Running time: 16:10.
KHC 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.
Experience the story of the Bartlett Arboretum, a 100 year-old “tree museum” in Belle Plaine. Running time: 17:51.
Learn about longtime merchant and photographer, Otto Kratzer, and the impact he had on the Flint Hills community of Volland, KS. 17:05.
A series of three short films exploring Kansans’ relationship with water.
- Cheyenne Bottoms (Running time: 20:02)
- Farming Over the Ogalalla (20:04)
- Our Shrinking Reservoirs (18:04)
“When the Well Runs Dry” portrays the vital connection that rural Kansans have with water. 31:26
A look at conservation and community in Miami County, Kansas. 19:28.