Welcome to National Arts and Humanities Month. Each week this month, we will highlight a KHC project with a unique story about Kansas; a story that tells us something about who we are and what we've valued over time and across generations. We hope you enjoy them and consider joining us at one of the 70 KHC-sponsored humanities events happening this month. 
Week 2: A Prairie Love Story
There are many love stories in the Kansas Flint Hills. There's the love story residents and visitors have for the miles of rolling grassland undulating against a big Kansas sky. There's the love story of ranchers who have worked the land for generations. And there's the story of the labor of love by those who worked for decades to overcome differences to make a national park in the Flint Hills. These are the stories that move us and make us. 

Image courtesy of Prairie Hollow Productions.  
"Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story," is a new, feature-length documentary that chronicles the efforts to create a national park site in the Flint Hills beginning in the 1950s. The film is produced by Dave Kendall and Prairie Hollow Productions and the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation with the support of a KHC Humanities grant. Click here to watch clips from the film.

Through the 1970s into the 1990s, efforts to create a prairie park remained a contentious issue in Kansas. A turning point came when former U.S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum invited representatives from both sides to seek a resolution. In the documentary, Senator Kassebaum joins other to reflect upon the challenges they faced and to describe how a management plan for the preserve was developed by bringing diverse perspectives into consideration.
Watch Senator Kassebaum share her memories of that time in this clip:

 
(Running time: 2 min, 42 seconds) 

Today, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is observing its 20th anniversary as a preserve managed by the National Park Service in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy in Kansas.
The film premieres at the Granada Theater in Emporia on Saturday, November 12th with more screenings and television broadcasts to follow.

Discover more stories at one of the Humanities Grant events this month. Click on the interactive map to search events by community or 
click here for KHC's Calendar of events to find an event near you. 

Humanities events in October 2016 (click on image to link to interactive map).
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