“Remembering the Tornado of June 8, 1941”
Melvin D. Epp, Ph.D., FRAHS President. Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:00 p.m.
In this 75th anniversary year, Melvin Epp will review the history of the 1941 tornado. Vivid memories still linger in the minds and emotions of many people who were directly involved. The community of USD # 206 coalesced around the affected families and volunteered assistance to shore up fences and facilities for farm animals, clear the fields of debris to allow harvest of some wheat, and to provide charity of food and services so families could rebuild their houses and homes. The only write-up available of this disaster is Appendix III in Petals of a Kansas Sunflower authored by the presenter. The presentation will also include testimonies or stories of people who were directly impacted by this storm.
“The Story of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Meat Canning Programs”
Jason Unruh, Peabody. Whitewater Fall Festival, joint meeting with Friends of the Whitewater Memorial Library, at Centre Point Church, 212 S Main Street, Whitewater, 7:00 p.m.
Locally, meat canning for relief began in the 1940s to aid in the relief effort of war torn countries of Europe, where many people had relatives involved in postwar trauma. Jason Unruh, who served a recent two-year term traveling with the MCC Mobile Cannery, will tell his story, including historical and present day canning practices. He will also talk about charitable efforts by the MCC to meet the needs of people around the world. Jason is a Kansas State graduate and now farms near Peabody.
“The Tragic Story of Catlin”
Brian Stucky, retired art teacher of Goessel High School, and Leader of Friends of the Cherokee Trail—Kansas. Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:00 p.m.
Brian Stucky will recount the story of up to 17 Swiss Volhynian Mennonite children who died and were buried near Peabody during the 1874 migration from Russia. This is a personal story for Brian since a family member was one of those who died. Such losses burdened mothers, families, and others in their hard start on the prairies. It was part of the price they paid for seeking religious and political freedom in America.
"Goat Glands to Ranch Hands -- The KFDI Story”
Orin Friesen, Cowboy singer at Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, Benton. Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:00 p.m.
Orin Friesen will be sharing out of his book, “Goat Glands to Ranch Hands – The KFDI Story.” It is the 90+ year history of the Wichita AM radio station that most people know as KFDI. Orin recently celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. Though he is currently a cowboy singer at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, he still does a weekly program of Bluegrass Music on KFDI-FM. He is a member of the Kansas Music Hall of Fame, the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Kansas Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and American’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Children of the Promised Land”
Angela Bates, Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society. Sponsored by Kansas Humanities Council. Meeting at the Remington High School at 7:00 p.m.
Nicodemus, a small unincorporated town in Graham County, Kansas, is the only remaining western town that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. In this pictorial history, Angela Bates explores the unique experiences of the children of Nicodemus who were the first members of their families born free from the physical and psychological effect of slavery. The discussion will explore the stories of children conceived in slavery but born free, the experiences of mothers during this transitional time, and how baby names were changed or used to reflect attitudes about free-born children.
40th Anniversary of the Frederic Remington Area Historical Society at d’Veer Family Center, 227 N. Main Ave., Elbing, Kansas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A catered dinner will be served accompanied by entertaining music. Tickets will be required. The activity is free for FRAHS members, and guests are very welcome with a contribute $5.00 per person which will also give FRAHS membership for the anniversary year.