Chosen to become a Kansas Humanities Council Turning Point: Stories of Change

The Kansas Humanities Council has announced that the Kinsley Library will be involved in a film-making project. "Navigating Rough Waters" has been chosen to be part of the Turning Points: Stories of Change short film initiative. It will explore how living in a flood plain has impacted the community. This project is being made possible by a generous gift from Suzi Miner in memory of Kansas historian Craig Miner.

The KHC is partnering with the library and three other nonprofit organizations in Kansas in this project to develop 5-minute short films that explore a significant moment of change in each of their communities. The three other proposals that were also accepted include: "New Hope in the Heartland" sponsored by The Seed House - Casa de la Semilla, Wichita and Ulysses; "Signs for a Culture" sponsored by the Deaf Cultural Center in Olathe, and "The Art of Change" sponsored by the Hays Public Library.

Library Director Joan Weaver applied to be part of Turning Points last summer. At that time she made a call out to the community for pictures and stories of the 1965 flood.

"Many people brought their stories and pictures to the library," said Weaver. "We were particularly excited when Marvin Ryan dug out his 8mm film footage showing the flood from the vantage point of the water tower. Of course, we’re never satisfied here at the library, and now we are also looking for pictures and stories about the 1971 and 1973 floods. If you have any, bring them to the library and they may be part of our little documentary."

On October 14, Weaver attended a workshop at Gizmo Pictures in Topeka to meet the other participants and film makers and learn how the movies would be made. Weaver will develop a story line through the community’s pictures and people who experienced the floods and those who sought solutions to the problems the floods and regulations brought about.

Sometime next spring, premieres of the composite film will be held in each of the four communities. Citizens will then have a chance to look back at this time as a turning point in the community.

This project is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization promoting the humanities as a resource for all Kansans. For more information, visit