SJ 2900 Series
2901 – A Show For Kids (Premiered 9/22/16)
We travel to Elmdale, KS to visit Camp Wood YMCA; then we travel to Halstead, KS, to explore the Kansas Learning Center for Health; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Sarah Higgerson, the animal care supervisor at the Deanna Rose Childhood Farmstead in Overland Park, KS. Watch Here!
2902 – Hobbies (Premiered 9/29/16)
Vinyl records have made a comeback as we see in Salina, KS, at Acoustic Sounds, Inc., a company who remasters award-winning recordings; then we join in on the Topeka Area Water Garden Society Pond Tour and see some amazing backyard ponds; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Margie Hunter, a high-tech Geocacher. Watch Here!
2903 – Remembering WWI – 100 Years Later (Premiered 10/6/16)
We visit the Kansas State Historical Society and see an exhibit centered on James Clark Hughes, who had a personal collection of materials related to his wartime experiences; then we learn about the artwork of war, where collections of printed illustrations were used to tell the story of WWI to citizens back home; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Doran Cart, the senior curator at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo, and watch him prepare a new exhibit. Watch Here!
2904 – Art (Premiered 10/13/16)
We meet members of the Topeka Art Guild and learn about their 100th year anniversary; see art in action as people who haven’t picked up a paintbrush create beautiful paintings at Paint Therapy Uncorked in Topeka, KS; then its off to Hardtner, KS, where Pake McNally shows off his work as a blacksmith. Watch Here!
2905 – Education (Premiered 10/20/16)
We start off at Washburn University and see how vintage TV campaign commercials are used to help college students study past Kansas Governors through their political campaigns; then its off to Salina, KS, to visit the K-State Unmanned Aircraft Training Center – a program teaching the building and operation of flying drones; then we meet Kansas Teacher of the Year Justin Coffey in Dodge City, KS. Watch Here!
2906 – Agriculture (Premiered 10/27/16)
We visit a Clydesdale Horse Breeding operation in Goddard, KS; then travel to Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista, KS to look at a collection of memorabilia commemorating early agricultural life in rural America; and we meet Katherine Kelly in our Plains People segment who tells us about Cultivate Kansas City. Watch Here!
2907 – Places to Visit (Premiered 11/03/16)
We return to Cowley County in Kansas to see more historic stone arch bridges; then we see a Kansas favorite, the Ball of Twine in Cawker City, KS, during their annual Twine-a-thon; after that, we head to Dodge City, KS, observing the billboards along the way showing Brent Harris, the “face” of Dodge. We meet Brent and learn why Dodge City is a great place to visit. Watch Here!
2908 – Recreation (Premiered 11/10/16)
First, we’re off to the Youth Fishing Tournament held annually at Glen Elder Lake in north central Kansas; then we visit Emporia, KS, to learn about the soaring popularity of Disc Golf with the Dynamic Disc company; after that we met brother and sister team Jonathan & Kristin Conard, authors of the Kansas Trail Guide. Watch Here!
2909 – Kansas History (Premiered 11/17/16)
We uncover the history of the Rocky Ford Fishing Area, an historic river crossing near Manhattan, KS; then we learn what fifty years of the Historic Preservation Act has done for the state of Kansas; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Stu Entz & Kevin Drewelow who restore historic aircraft at the Combat Air Museum in Topeka, KS. Watch Here!
2910 – Events & Destinations (Premiered 12/1/16)
We take a look at The Kansas Riverkings Museum in Lawrence, KS, a new place to visit near downtown; we learn about the Sunflower Music Festival, an annual Topeka, KS, event; and after that it’s off to the Boulevard Drive-In Theater, one of the last theaters of its type in the state located in Kansas City, KS. Watch Here!
2911 – Festivals (Premiered 12/8/16)
We visit an event that was created just for the fun and enjoyment of eating – the Capital City Food Truck Festival in Gage Park, Topeka, KS; then we visit Old Shawnee Days in Shawnee, KS, to see a celebration of the community’s pioneer beginnings; and in our Plains People segment, we stop in McPherson, KS, to get a closer look at the McPherson Scottish Festival. Watch Here!
2912 – Kansas Food & Drink (Premiered 12/15/16)
We visit Paola, KS, to see why Beethoven’s #9 Restaurant has become a spot for destination dining; then we visit a distillery in Atchison, KS that creates Most Wanted Vodka; and we meet Greg Fox, a restauranteur and musician in Topeka, KS. Watch Here!
2913 – Communities (Premiered 12/22/16)
We start in Beloit, KS at radio station KVSV, “The Voice of the Solomon Valley,” to see how radio enhances a small community; then we meet up with WSU Professor of History Jay Price as he walks us through the NoMar District in North Wichita, an hispanic business community that faces challenges, yet remains optimistic; and we meet Scott Stebner, a photographer who spends a lot of time documenting the farming and ranching community in Kansas. Watch Here!
SJ 2800 Series
SJ 2801- Premiered 7 PM, September 17, 2015 on KTWU
Find out the early history of the Docking State Office Building; visit the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association world tournament in Topeka; meet Deb Goodrich, a person who takes history quite seriously as she shows us around the Topeka cemetery. Watch Here!
SJ 2802- Premiered 7PM, September 24, 2015 on KTWU
We look back 50 years to a fateful day in Wichita when a fully loaded military tanker crashes into a residential neighborhood; we travel to Hesston, KS, to visit the Dyck Arboretum; we see what why Myron Schmidt of Goessel, KS built a 9-hole golf course behind his rural Kansas home. Watch Here!
SJ 2803- Premiered 7PM, October 1, 2015 on KTWU
We visit Coronado Heights, a scenic and historic destination northwest of Lindsborg, KS; we travel to Salina, KS to take in the Smoky Hill River Festival, a tradition since 1977; meet Marc Anderson, a Lindsborg resident who sings in the annual Messiah Festival of the Arts. Watch Here!
SJ 2804- Premiered 7PM, October 8, 2015 on KTWU
We look back at origins of the Kansas City Arts Institute which started as a sketch club in 1885; we get a taste of the Johnson County Community College Culinary Arts program; meet Hib Kline, a docent from the Arabia SteamBoat Museum in Kansas City, MO. Watch Here!
SJ 2805- Premiered 7PM, October 15, 2015 on KTWU
We visit the annual Mennonite Relief Sale in Hutchinson; learn the history of Emerson Carey, a pioneer in the Kansas Salt industry; we travel to Buhler, KS, to meet Gary and LaVon Manear. Watch Here!
SJ 2806- Premiered 7PM, October 22, 2015 on KTWU
See why pianos are painted at Union Station to celebrate the Kansas City Music Educator’s 100 anniversary; learn about the Symphony in the Flint Hills 10th anniversary; meet Bob Scott of Maize, KS, who provides chamber music in a barn.
SJ 2807- Premiered 7PM, October 29, 2015 on KTWU
We watch nitrogen freeze up ice cream at Eye Scream Labs in Galena, Kansas; we buzz into Sylvan Grove to see Fly Boy Brewery & Eats; meet Heidi Plumb and Kale Dankenbring who left a big city to start up two small businesses in St. Francis, KS.
SJ 2808- Premiered 7PM, November 5, 2015 on KTWU
We learn about a charter school in Walton, KS, that uses agriculture as a gateway to project based learning; we find out about a trend of agricultural financing called “Slow Money,” that supports small-operation local farmers who grow non-GMO crops; we meet Rachael Savage, an organic crop inspector who also runs a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) market in Topeka.
SJ 2809- Premiered 7PM, November 12, 2015 on KTWU
We head to Ottawa to see the Plaza Theater, which is considered the oldest, continuously-operating movie theater in the nation and possibly the world; then, we visit Gardner, KS, a small town with historic connections to the many trails that cross Kansas, and through historic films, compare it’s past to present day; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Colin MacMillan, a photographer who lives in Manhattan, KS, and loves to spend his spare time photographing grass burning the Flint Hills.
SJ 2810- Premiered 7PM, November 19, 2015 on KTWU
In our first segment, we see why Burlington, KS, is called the “Catfish Capital of the World” that dates back to a historic competition with Chetopa, KS to claim the title; we visit a few more small towns to see how their historic soda fountains live on as tourist destinations; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Glenda Trecek, who is trying to rebuild her hometown of Agenda, KS, and make her town viable again. Watch Here!
SJ 2811- Premiered 7PM, December 3, 2015 on KTWU
We visit Kansas Originals, a small store just north of Wilson along I-70 that sells only Kansas-made or Kansas-connected art, craft and food items; then we trek to Bonner Springs, KS, to see glass marbles being made in front of a crowd of eager tourists; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Hoisington resident Phil Webb – a mostly self-taught artist who makes personalized grave stones for unmarked graves. Watch Here!
SJ 2812- Premiered 7PM, December 10, 2015 on KTWU
A new museum is housed in a building that once served as a parachute-drying and repairing facility during World War II when Pratt, KS, had an air base; we look at the fifty year commemoration of American involvement in the Vietnam War and how the event is being observed by former American and South Vietnamese soldiers; and for something different, we meet Ed Stewart in our Plains People segment. He is a treasure hunter who finds his buried treasures in the most unlikely of places – sites of former privies. Watch Here!
SJ 2013- Premiered 7PM, December 17, 2015 on KTWU
We meet an author of a new book about Marymount College in Salina, KS. The college closed years ago, but had a huge impact on both the town and the region and when it opened in 1922 as the first all-women’s college in Kansas; we visit MINDDRIVE in Kansas City, MO, where area high school students work on weekends to learn how to build real-world electric cars; and in our Plains People segment, we meet Eric McHenry, the new Poet Laureate of Kansas who promotes poetry across the Midwest. Watch Here!
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SJ 2700 Series
SJ #2701 “Sampling Kansas” Premiered September 25, 2014
Wamego hosts the 25th annual gathering known as the Kansas Sampler Festival; the state barbeque championship takes place in Osage City; and meet the creator of Truckhenge, a unique outdoor display of old vehicles. WATCH HERE
SJ #2702 “Better Babies & Faded Bison” Premiered October 2, 2014
Efforts in the early 20th century to improve the human genome through eugenics; cleaning the panorama of North American wildlife at KU’s Museum of Natural History; and a woman who conducts genealogical research. WATCH HERE
SJ #2703 “Outdoor Life” Premiered October 9, 2014
A nonprofit organization provides resources in support of conservation and environmental education; families come together at the Capital Campout in Topeka; and a teacher takes part in a weekend outdoor workshop. WATCH HERE
SJ #2704 “Flint Hills Structures” Premiered October 16, 2014
Vintage photos depict life in a rural community as new owners repurpose the general store; a contemporary photographer captures images of subterranean stone shelters; and a stone mason brings his skills to the resurrection of a country schoolhouse.WATCH HERE
SJ #2705 “Railroading Heritage” Premiered October 23, 2014
Reflect on the history of Union Station in Kansas City as it celebrates its centennial; learn about the forces that contributed to the demise of the Rock Island Railroad; and railroad enthusiasts operate their own small-gauge railroad. WATCH HERE
SJ #2706 “Animal Companions” Premiered October 30, 2014
Training for aspiring veterinarians at K-State’s Pet Health Center; a new home for Topeka’s Helping Hands Humane Society; and a dog trainer demonstrates his motivational training techniques. WATCH HERE
SJ #2707 “Public Libraries” Premiered November 6, 2014
Independence Public Library honored as one of the best small libraries in the nation; Kansas libraries employ unorthodox approaches in extending their services; a librarian works out of a bookmobile. WATCH HERE
SJ #2708 “Art for All” Premiered November 13, 2014
Eminent Kansan Joab Mulvane & the museum that bears his name; accessible arts at the Kansas School for the Blind; art lab coordinators encourage artist expression by kids. WATCH HERE
SJ #2709 “Rural Vistas” Premiered November 20, 2014
Aging shelterbelts affected by climate change; a tour of classic barns with the Kansas Barn Alliance; a Jamestown craftsman creates a covered bridge. WATCH HERE
SJ #2710 “Touring Kansas” Premiered November 27, 2014
Commemorating a highway route called The Great White Way; a farm and winery tour in the Kaw Valley; an urbanite enjoys rural treks on foot. WATCH HERE
SJ #2711 “Stately Structures” Premiered December 4, 2014
We take a look at the newly restored Kansas Capitol building and learn of its new offerings for tourists; learn about a beloved building on the K-State campus that was burned in protest by students in the ’60s, yet saved by a later group of students in the ’80s; Mike Goans works to save an historic building utilized by early German immigrants in Lawrence, KS. WATCH HERE
SJ #2712 “Progress & Preservation” Premiered December 11, 2014
We look at the story of the South Lawrence Trafficway, a roadway that has taken years to overcome obstacles including passage through a wetlands area; Olympian Billy Mills teams up with the Kansas Kickapoo to bring attention to diabetes within Native American populations; meet Ken Brunson, project director for the Nature Conservancy in the Red Hills of Kansas. WATCH HERE
SJ #2713 “Living Legacies” Premiered December 18, 2014
We visit the Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site and see how the facility is commemorating 60 years of the landmark US Supreme Court court case that desegregated American schools, take a drive to Iola, KS, to learn about the Bowlus Arts Center’s 50th anniversary; and meet Dan Thalmann, a newspaper publisher in Washington, KS, who feels the newspaper business is an important way to document a community as a legacy for future generations. WATCH HERE
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SJ #2601 (Premiered Sept. 19, 7pm on KTWU) – “Photographers” – We’ll step back to an earlier time to see how a portrait photographer composed images of local citizens who came in to his studio in St. John, KS; learn about Tom Parker’s recent project documenting life in Blue Rapids, KS, through photographs depicting the different ways that people earn their livings; and venture out to a prairie chicken booming ground with Casey Wilson, who shows us what it takes to capture vivid images of birds in motion. WATCH HERE
SJ #2602 (Premiered Sept. 26, 7pm on KTWU) – “Going Green” – We’ll see how students in Topeka are being educated about electricity and renewable energy through a new science park; explore the expansion of the Bowersock Hydropower facility on the Kansas River at Lawrence, KS; and introduce you to Sherri Thomas in Overland Park, KS, and find out about a growing trend to turn grassy lawns into edible landscapes. WATCH HERE
SJ #2603 (Premiered Oct. 3, 7pm on KTWU) – “Civics Lessons” – We’ll reflect upon the life of Arthur Capper – a newspaper man who served as the 20th governor of Kansas and five terms as a U.S. senator; learn how the former Governor’s Mansion that stood at 8th and Buchanan in Topeka was torn down years ago, yet has artifacts that live on today in a downtown hotel complex; and tag along with high school student Carl Palmquist, a candidate campaigning for governor of American Legion’s Boys State. WATCH HERE
SJ #2604 (Premiered Oct. 10, 7pm on KTWU) – “Murals, Glass & Masks” – We’ll visit a few post offices where we’ll find some colorful murals depicting scenes from our past; learn about the history and evolution of depression glass as we travel to a national convention in Wellington, KS; and introduce you to Dave Van Hee, artist in Lawrence who’s best known for the distinctive masks he creates. WATCH HERE
SJ #2605 (Premiered Oct. 17, 7pm on KTWU) – “Water Woes” – We visit with some folks who experienced the Dust Bowl days first hand, learn how they coped with the conditions, and about the lasting legacy of the study of environmental history; as the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas continues to decline, a new approach to groundwater management being implemented near Colby may be able to slow the decline; and we follow Shawnee County Extension Agent Jamie Hancock as she is surrounded by enthusiastic gardeners and teaches a low-water gardening technique called xeriscaping. WATCH HERE
SJ #2606 (Premiered Oct. 24, 7pm on KTWU) – “Nature of the Flint Hills” – We’ll tag along with Josh & Gwen Hoy who provide a rare opportunity to experience a cattle drive through the Flint Hills on the Flying W Ranch near Cedar Point; explore an early memoir written by Kansas columnist Zula Bennington Greene, better know as “Peggy of the Flint Hills,” that documented her early days in Kansas; and we follow Scott Allen of the Kanza Rail Trails Conservancy as he guides a group of Boy Scouts through a weekend of camping, hiking and biking along the Flint Hills Nature Trail.
SJ #2607 (Premiered Oct. 31, 7pm on KTWU) – “Music Venues” – It’s been a busy year for the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as we take a look at this world-class facility, meet the center’s director Jane Chu, and find out how it’s fitting in to the musical culture of Kansas City and the region; then on to Chase County, where their local chamber of commerce stages an event “River Suite,” serving supper accompanied by live music to guests assembled on the old river bridge at Cottonwood Falls; and we follow Bryan Lewis, one of the organizers of the “Brews, BBQ & Blues Festival” in downtown Topeka, as he sets the stage for this event. WATCH HERE
SJ #2608 (Premiered Nov. 14) “Music & Films” – We learn the story of the entrepreneurship and innovation that flourished in Chanute in the 60s and 70s as the Kustom Amplifier Company became the biggest name in stage amplification; then we find out about Film Row in Kansas City, where Walt Disney’s early work in animation began and film distribution continued there for decades; and finally, we track down the Peterson Farm Bros., three brothers from Assaria, KS, who have gotten a lot of attention telling the story of farming through online music parody videos. WATCH HERE
SJ #2609 (Premiered Nov. 21) “Mined Lands” – In this show, explore the history of the lead & zinc mines in SE Kansas along with their economic, health and environmental impacts on the region; then we meet New Yorkers Dina Kantor and Chaela Herridge-Meyer, who documented the decline and eventual demise of Treece, KS and Picher, Oklahoma, both former mining towns; then we head underground with Trevor Morris, a docent at the Kansas Salt Museum, who takes visitors on tours 650 feet below the prairie surface. WATCH HERE
SJ #2610 (Premiered Nov. 28) “Museums & Artifacts” – Take a look inside a thriving community museum as we tour the Smoky Hill Museum, in Salina and watch a new exhibit about cameras and photography come to life; Blair Tarr, curator of the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka showcases items stored in the museum’s collections that rarely see the light of the exhibition areas; then we follow Lisa Cusick & Coralee Evans, the owners of “Two Days Monthly Market” as they prepare for the First Friday Art Walk in the NOTO Arts District in Topeka. WATCH HERE
SJ #2611 (Premiered Dec. 12) “Local Fare” – In our first story, we focus on two annual events that present outdoor feasts to celebrate the crops from Zeandale and Edgerton, KS; then we watch a train leave Baldwin City loaded with hungry passengers who are there to experience railroad dining, mixed with a bit of entertainment on the Kansas Belle Dinner Train; and, following a family tradition, Nick and Terry Xidis create chocolate masterpieces on a daily basis in their downtown Topeka store, where we see the creation of a chocolate buffalo for a fundraising event. WATCH HERE
SJ #2612 (Premiered Dec. 19) “Back to Nature” – We head to Lawrence, where the national publication “Mother Earth News” hosts a fair in a local park, bringing together speakers and exhibitors promoting sustainability; we explore a special assistance program which helps new immigrant and refugee workers from Burma and Somalia in the planting, growing and selling of their crops at various Farmers Markets throughout Kansas City; then in our Plains People segment, we meet Anna Talleur and her husband Massimo Ferarra, who produce most of their own food on their Jefferson county farm. WATCH HERE
SJ #2613 (Premiered Dec. 26) “Diverse Views” – We observe the work of local photographers Leon and Rosie Hughes as they reveal the day-to-day life and special events chronicled in Wichita’s African American community during the 50s, 60s and 70s; then we look at various events staged over a period of several days in Topeka, which reflect a theme connected to the “Day of the Dead,” a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico; after that we meet Joseph Nadeau, the artistic director of the Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City, as he allows us to tag along behind the scenes of a vocal concert that tells the story of how gay men were persecuted during the holocaust in Nazi Germany. WATCH HERE
Sunflower Journeys 2501 (Premiered Sept. 13 2012) – “Rediscovering the Flint Hills”
Flint Hills Discovery Center: Inaugurating a new attraction, Manhattan, KS
Flint Hills Tourism: Old & new tourist attractions in the Flint Hills region
Plains People: Bill & Julia McBride, Living in the Flint Hills near Matfield Green, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2502 (Premiered Sept. 20, 2012) “Re-envisioning Topeka”
Constitution Hall: Exploring the history associated with this Kansas Avenue building
NOTO: North Topeka Arts District takes shape and builds community
Plains People: Andy McKee, YouTube sensation, guitar player from Topeka, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2503 (Premiered Sept. 27 2012) – “Barns, Farmsteads & Fences”
Richard Howe House: 1860s Welsh Farmstead, Emporia, KS
Barn Raising: Reconstruction of an old barn, Desoto, KS
Plains People: Terry Gottschalk & Sons, Phillips County fence builders
Sunflower Journeys 2504 (Premiered Oct. 4 2012) – “Unusual Art”
Back to the Garden: Restoring the Garden of Eden, Lucas, KS
C.W. Parker Carousels: Factories in Abilene & Leavenworth, KS
Plains People: Erika Nelson – World’s Largest Things collection, Lucas, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2505 (Premiered Oct. 11 2012) – “Business Matters”
Retooling the Air Capital: Boeing Closes in Wichita as Learjet expands
Fuller Brush: Reorganization of a bankrupt company, Great Bend
Plains People: “Hatman Jack” Kellogg, Wichita, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2506 (Premiered Oct. 18 2012) – “Food Production”
Our Local Food: Chapters across state – Kansas Rural Center (25th ann.) initiative
David’s Herbs – David & Susan Warriner, Perry, KS
Plains People: Debbie Blythe, Kansas cattle rancher, White City, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2507 (Premiered Oct., 25 2012) – “Smalltown Ventures”
MarCon Pies: A cottage industry thrives in a small town, Washington
Herrs Memory Lane: A private collection of antique vehicles, Washington
Plains People: Marcia Cebulska & Kelley Hunt create an score a play about Greensburg, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2508 (Premiered Nov. 1, 2012) – “From Girls To Women”
The Amazon Army: Coal strikes in the Little Balkans of Southeast Kansas
Camp Daisy Hindman – Summer Camp for Girl Scout Camp in Dover, KS
Plains People: Abby Miller, 4H member, Wakarusa, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2509 (Premiered Nov. 8, 2012) – “Schools of Note”
Rapp School: Preserved one-room country school, Osage County
Sumner Academy: Transformation of the only all-black high school in Kansas
Plains People: Joelle Allen, Teaching at the Kansas School for the Deaf, Olathe, KS
Sunflower Journeys 2510 (Premiered Nov. 15, 2012) – “Water Resources”
The Clean Water Act in Kansas: 25 Years Later, what’s the state of our streams?
Fracking in Kansas: The economics & environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing
Plains People: Laura Calwell, Official Kansas Riverkeeper
Sunflower Journeys 2511 (Premiered Nov. 22, 2012) – “Indigenous Peoples”
Charles Curtis: A member of the Kaw Tribe rises to Vice President
Kaw Heritage Trail: The Kaw Tribe maintains connections to Morris County
Plains People: Moses Brings Plenty, Lakota actor and musician, Paola
Sunflower Journeys 2512 (Premiered Nov. 29, 2012) – “Civil War Memories”
Frontier Military Scenic Highway: Historic sites along the Missouri border
Sleeping Heroes: Graves of Civil War veterans in local cemeteries (KSHS/students)
Plains People: Jim Buckner – Reenacting the Battle of Lone Jack, Raymore, MO
Sunflower Journeys 2513 (Premiered Dec., 6. 2012) – “Politics & Government”
Sen. Frank Carlson: Prairie Politician, new exhibit in Concordia, KS
The Politics of Persuasion – Richard Norton Smith & Contemporary Political Discourse
Plains People: Bernadette Forge, League of Women Voters member registers voters
Sunflower Journeys 2401 (Premiered Sept. 29, 2011) – “Launching the Sesquicentennial”
Kansas Day: Statehouse kickoff & “KS 150” exhibit at the state history museum
Kansas Statehood Ball: Period dances & attire, Abilene
Plains People: Dale Nimz – survey of statehood-era buildings
Sunflower Journeys 2402 (Premiered Oct. 6, 2011) – “Statehood & the Civil War”
Order #11: The story of “the Burnt District” from the Border War era
Localizing the Civil War: Special events in Humboldt & Iola
Plains People: “Mother Bickerdyke,” battlefield nurse retired to Bunker Hill
Sunflower Journeys 2403 (Premiered Oct. 13, 2011) – “Voices of Kansas”
Kansas Song Project: Local songwriters collaborate with the Topeka Symphony
Samuel Ramey: Opera singer joins 10th anniversary event with the Wichita Opera
Plains People: Judy Coder – singer moves from opera to opry, Topeka
Sunflower Journeys 2404 (Premiered Oct. 20, 2011) – “Early Residents”
Hunter/Gatherers: Archeological dig along the Blue River in Pottawatomie Co.
Stone Fences: A workshop for building limestone fences, Wabaunsee County
Plains People: Mike Adams – Mountain Man rendezvous
Sunflower Journeys 2405 (Premiered Oct. 27, 2011) – “Native Cultures”
Culture Camp: Kansas City Indian Center’s 30th annual weeklong camp for kids
Firekeeper Golf Course: Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation creates new course
Plains People: Benny Smith, Cherokee farrier, Douglas County
Sunflower Journeys 2406 (Premiered Nov. 3, 2011) – “Field Lab, Farm Aid & Food Producer”
KU Field Station: Environmental Research & Education, Douglas County
Farm Aid: Willie Nelson & friends come to perform in Wyandotte County
Plains People: Ryan Hanna – bison rancher, Baldwin City
Sunflower Journeys 2407 (Premiered Nov. 10, 2011) – “Outdoor Adventures”
8 Wonders of Kansas: A new guidebook from the Kansas Sampler Foundation
Cabin Camping: New accommodations provided by Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Plains People: Joe Collins, snakes & amphibians, Lawrence
Sunflower Journeys 2408 (Premiered Nov. 17, 2011) – “Adventures for Kids”
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center: New educational facility in Topeka opens
White Memorial Camp: A summer camp in the Flint Hills near Council Grove
Plains People: Seaman High School Show Chorus, Topeka
Sunflower Journeys 2409 (Premiered Nov. 24, 2011) – “Local Sesqui-Celebrations”
Hays, A Photographic Journey: Centennial of Hays Public Library
Garnett’s 150th: The community celebrates its own sesquicentennial
Plains People: Joan Wilson as “Julia Roundtree”
Sunflower Journeys 2410 (Premiered Dec. 1, 2011) – “Faith Groups”
Charles Parham & Bethel Bible College: Pentecostal movement began in Topeka
Islam in the Heartland: The contemporary experience of Muslims in Kansas
Plains People: Barry Feaker, Topeka Rescue Mission
Sunflower Journeys 2411 (Premiered Dec. 15, 2011) – “Art in Action”
Topeka Civic Theatre: The 75th anniversary of a community theatre
Funding the Arts: Community efforts to maintain public funding for art programs
Plains People: Aaron Fowler – Stories to Songs
Sunflower Journeys 2412 (Premiered Dec. 22, 2011) – “Notable Kansans”
Marshall Dillon: James Arness & the impact of “Gunsmoke” on Dodge City
The Ritchie Family: An education center opens at the Hale Ritchie House in Topeka
Plains People: Elmer Green, biofeedback pioneer, Topeka
Sunflower Journeys 2413 (Premiered Sept. 29, 2011) – “Rural Opportunity”
Sesquicentennial Parade: “Sunflower Parade” features Kansas communities, Wichita
Rural Post Offices: Reviewing the costs & benefits of a local institution
Plains People: A family relocates a home, Lindsborg
Sunflower Journeys 2301 (Premiered Sept. 23, 2010) – “Greensburg, Cheyenne Bottoms & the Arts in Hays”
Rebuilding Greensburg: What’s happened to this town in its effort to rebuild green?
Wetlands & Wildlife: Kansas Wetlands Education Center & national scenic byway
Plains People: Brenda Meder, arts advocate, Hays, Kansas
Sunflower Journeys 2302 (Premiered Sept. 30, 2010) – “Murals, Newspapers & Grocery Stores”
Cloud County Mural: Whole Wall Mural depicts elements of local history, Concordia
The Marysville Advocate: A community newspaper serves Marshall County
Plains People: Dale & Laverna Huncovsky, grocery store & restaurant in Cuba
Sunflower Journeys 2303 (Premiered Oct. 7, 2010) – “Waterville, Moyer Ranch & Antique Stoves”
Waterville Attractions: The Weaver Hotel and Central Branch Railroad
The Moyer Ranch: New conservation easement in the Flint Hills near Ft. Riley
Plains People: Steve Hund, Jr., restoring antiques in Paxico
Sunflower Journeys 2304 (Premiered Oct. 14, 2010) – “Ranching, Conservation & A New State Park”
Pioneer Bluffs: Historic Rogler family ranch in Flint Hills near Matfield Green
Conserving Resources: The Natural Resources Conservation Service at 75
Plains People: Jeffrey Bender, opening of Kaw River State Park, Topeka
Sunflower Journeys 2305 (Premiered Oct. 21, 2010) – “Lebanese Entrepreneurs, Statehouse Stone-Carving & Hats”
Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage: Immigrant entrepreneurs shaped the city
Statehouse Stone-carving: Challenges associated with exterior renovation of the Capitol
Plains People: The many hats of Marge Heeney, Topeka
Sunflower Journeys 2306 (Premiered Oct. 28, 2010) – “Paola Center, Pittsburg Landmarks & Ham Radio”
Paola Community Center: New uses for an old building at Ursuline Academy
Pittsburg Landmarks: Restoring the Colonial Fox Theatre & the Stilwell Hotel
Plains People: Karri Barker, Ham radio operator, Paola
Sunflower Journeys 2307 (Premiered Nov. 4, 2010) – “Smalltown Store, Picturesque Church & Rural Prints”
Kufahl Hardware: Maintaining a family business in a tiny town, Wheaton
St. Marys Church: Impressive architecture of a Catholic Church in St. Benedict
Plains People: Justin Marable, screen prints of rural Kansas scenes
Sunflower Journeys 2308 (Premiered Nov. 11, 2010) – “Murphy’s Mercantile, Secret Garden & Female Auctioneer”
Murphy’s Mercantile: Diverse family businesses in Stark, Kansas
The Secret Garden: Uncovering and restoring a botanical site in Elk Falls
Plains People: Megan McCurdy, auctioneer, Wichita
Sunflower Journeys 2309 (Premiered Nov. 18, 2010) – “Tribune, Ulysses & Farmer Josh”
A Trip to Tribune: Inspiration from Horace Greeley’s admonition to “Go West”
Back to Ulysses: Citizens returning to their roots in Ulysses
Plains People: Josh Svaty, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Ellsworth
Sunflower Journeys 2310 (Premiered Nov. 25, 2010) – “Downtown Holton, Clarks Creek WRAPS & Smalltown Mortician”
Go Holton: Courthouse square, brick streets, historic hotel and homes
WRAPS: Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy, Clarks Creek
Plains People: Ken Stanton, mortician, Preston
Sunflower Journeys 2311 (Premiered Dec. 2, 2010) – “French Connection, Burlingame Businesses & Flying Pigs”
Damar’s French Connection: A French-Canadian settlement reclaims its roots
Burlingame Businesses: Harvest Ballroom, Crossroad Canteen & Aunt B’s
Plains People: Eric Abraham, folk artist, Lucas
Sunflower Journeys 2312 (Premiered Dec. 16, 2010) – “Main Street Sterling, Lindsborg Artist & Poultry Rancher”
Sterling’s Main Street Program: On a mission to revitalize their downtown
Birger Sandzen: Lindsborg artist painted local landscapes and pioneers
Plains People: Frank Reese, Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch, Lindsborg
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