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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

HK 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 Susan Miner in memory of Kansas historian Craig Miner.

The goal of this film is to generate an understanding that communities in Kansas have had to remake themselves in the face of “turning points.” These statewide stories speak to the transformative nature of community identities, histories, and experiences when met with natural disasters, population shifts, and commitments to diverse cultures and the arts.

Learn more about the evolved communities in Kansas that have grown in unique ways while embracing their communities’ histories and identities.


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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

“HK is grateful for the gift from Suzi Miner as part of HK’s 40th anniversary,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of Humanities Kansas. “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.”



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