Tonganoxie Community Historical Society wins state technology award
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society has won the 2016 Technology Award from the Kansas Museums Association.
TCHS representatives received the award Nov. 4 during the annual Kansas Museums Association conference at Fort Leavenworth.
The conference is an opportunity for museum staff and volunteers across the state to share ideas, accomplishments and visions for the future.
The KMA Technology Award was awarded for the four-DVD set, Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie, that tells the history of the first 100 years of Tonganoxie. The set contains 30 chapters and totals six hours. The history and stories are presented “Ken Burns” style, using photographs, maps and diagrams with descriptions provided by narration and clips from more than 14 oral history interviews that are archived at the historical society’s museum.
Perry Walters accepted the award on behalf of TCHS. Walters has spent hundreds, even thousands of hours as videographer, editor, writer and narrator. The project was conceived of and executed by Walters. It was a labor of love, fueled by his desire to document the stories and histories told on the DVD set.
Walters was assisted by Susy Ross, who wrote and narrated Chapter 1, on the Delaware Indians. He was also assisted by his wife, Laurie Walters, who also narrated several chapters. Rachel Kelly of Rnky-Dink Graphics did the graphic design work for the cover and DVD sleeves. All told, some 25 residents of the Tonganoxie community contributed to the project in interviews and resources.
This is not the first time the local historical society and museum have been recognized by the Kansas Museums Association. In 2004, Susy Ross, the museum director, was awarded the KMA Award for Distinguished Service.
Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie is available for purchase, and just in time for the holiday season. Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie is available for $28 at the museum gift shop.
The museum is open 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.
Other TCHS members and Tonganoxie residents who have contributed to the outcome include Art Hancock, JW Evans, Charles “Tuna” Conrad, Harold Denholm, Bob Lenahan, Kathy Peak, Connie Putthoff, Carol Slawson, “Bud” Laming, Tom Laming, Pat Black, Charles Haines, Kent Quarles, Emil Wiley and June Hagenbuch. These deceased members also contributed while part of TCHS: Margaret Gallagher, Grace Schilling, Helen Schilling, Roger Shilling, William Freienmuth, Joey Brown, Roy Salmon and Jack Hoey,