Turning Points: Stories of Change

“When we plan for the future, we need to understand the pivotal moments in our past that have defined the possibilities of our culture and molded our people.”
—Craig Miner, “Civilizing Kansas,” 1994

KHC partnered with four organizations in Hays, Kinsley, Ulysses, and Olathe to develop 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.

Watch the collection of Turning Points short films below (running time: 30 minutes). To turn on closed captions and subtitles, click the “cc” button on the menu bar.

Start and end times for individual Turning Points films:

  • 0:00 – 1:00         Introduction
  • 1:00 – 8:08         Olathe: Reading the Signs
  • 8:09 – 15:19       Kinsley: Navigating Rough Waters
  • 15:20 – 22:20     Ulysses: New Hope in the Heartland
  • 22:21 – 30:00     Hays: The Art of Change

“KHC is grateful for the gift from Suzi Miner as part of KHC’s 40th anniversary,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The Turning Points initiative will give Kansas communities an opportunity to examine the circumstances and impact of change, come to a better understanding of the ways in which their own community adapts, and then, hopefully, integrates these stories into future planning.”

More information about Turning Points is available in this essay by Turning Points scholar Eric McHenry from KHC’s Fall 2014 Humanities newsletter.

Contact Leslie Von Holten, director of programs, at leslie(at)kansashumanities.org or (785) 357-0359 for more information.