Over the years many misconceptions and resentments have been around in regard to FEMA flood regulations and flood insurance.  This Sunday after the KHC Turning Points:  Stories of Change film, the Kinsley Library is hosting a panel discussion with some experts to help us understand, work with and existence under these requirements.

SteveSamuelson  One panelist will be Steve Samuelson.  His  title is National Flood Insurance Program Specialist for the  Kansas Department of Agriculture/Division of Water Resources.  He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and has been in his current position since August of 2007. Prior to that he worked in Lyon County as Zoning Administrator and Floodplain Manager.

As the NFIPS , he provides technical support to communities with floodplain management. This usually involves helping community officials with FEMA rules and regulations, showing people how to access resources, looking at flood maps, and helping people with flood insurance problems. He also  provides training classes for community officials, surveyors, realtors and lenders.

Also on the panel will be Marsha Bagby, past Kinsley City Manager who worked hard to have some areas removed from the floodplain map and Jay Dill, the current Kinsley City Manager.

So come out for the free movies, including:  Navigating Rough Waters about Kinsley’s struggle to survive on a floodplain and “The Chickens Survived” about the 1965 Arkansas River flood going through rural Offerle.  You’ll see your friends and neighbors on the big screen and get a free bag of popcorn.  It’s all happening October 26 at 2 p.m., in the Palace Theater in downtown Kinsley.


Countdown to the Premier

This Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theater in downtown Kinsley will be the premier showing of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Turning Points:  Stories of Change featuring “Navigating Rough Waters.”  This is Kinsley’s very own story of living on the floodplain.  You won’t want to miss seeing your friends and neighbors on the big screen, enjoying the free popcorn, viewing another short film about the 1965 Arkansas River Flood in Offerle, and having your questions about FEMA regulations and Flood Insurance answered by a panel of experts.  Mark you calendar.  Navigating Rough Waters

Panel to answer questions

Following the Turning Points film premiere, there will be a panel discussion to try to answer everyone’s questions about FEMA regulations and Flood Insurance as they affect Kinsley today.  The panel will consist of: Steve Samuelson, National Flood Insurance Program Specialist; Jay Dill, current Kinsley City Manager; and Marsha Bagby, past Kinsley City Manager.  These people should be able to clear up any misconceptions and maybe even give us some ideas about projects which might help us move forward.

At the premiere, I plan on having a big display on the history of flooding in Kinsley. It will feature lots of pictures, quotes from the citizens that were interviewed for the film, newspaper images and other documents of interest.  So mark October 26, 2 p.m. on your calendar and get ready for popcorn and seeing your neighbors on the big screen.


Don’t miss the premiere

Turning Points: Stories of Change will be the feature film at 2 p.m. on October 26 at the Palace Theater in downtown Kinsley.  Eric McHenry of Washburn University in Topeka will be in attendance to introduce the film for the Kansas Humanities Council.  This project explores pivotal moments in four Kansas Communities:  Kinsley, Hays, Ulysses, and Olathe.  Dr. McHenry wrote and narrates the connecting thread that ties the films together.

The film was produced by Gizmo Pictures of Topeka.  Our contribution, “Navigating Rough Waters,” has comments by Kinsley citizens about floods and the challenges of living on a flood plain taken from interviews conducted in January of this year.  It also draws on historic photographs, film and newspaper articles.  It was a difficult task telling the complicated story of our struggle and triumphs in a very short film, but I think Gizmo Pictures have managed to do it.  Be sure to put this date on your calendar.

“The Chickens Survived”

“My dad was down watching the river.  He said that when it came in, it wasn’t rising very fast, but then all at once, there came the trees and the logs and the dead cattle.  It just made a wall; it was just a dam moving slow.”    Kermit Froetschner

Our film premiere on October 26 will begin with a short introductory film about the Arkansas River flood waters raging through Offerle on its way to Kinsley in June, 1965.    This film was produced by Rachel Harmon of Sagebrush Video and is entitled, “The Chickens Survived” Community & Cooperation – Offerle and the Flood of 1965.  The script was inspired from a gathering last March of Offerle citizens who met to remember the flood.  Rachel had a particular interest in this project as her grandparents were Leander and Pauline Lightcap from south of Offerle.  Rachel has produced many full-length videos about Kansas history including two on the Trousdale area.  All of her videos are available at the library for check out.  ”The Chickens Survived” was also funded as a special project by the Turning Points: Stories of Change grant the Kinsley Library received from the Kansas Humanities Council.  More tomorrow about the KHC feature film.



TurningPTbannerThis blog has been on a long hiatus. I’m sorry about that, but as it turns out, making a film takes longer than one would think.  And “Navigating Rough Waters” was only one of four films that have been produced by Gizmo Pictures of Topeka for the Kansas Humanities Council’s short film project, Turning Points:  Stories of Change.

However, I am now happy to report that our premiere date will be on Sunday afternoon, October 26, at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theater in downtown Kinsley.  Besides our story of living on a floodplain, there will be three other communities’ stories about: the Hays Arts Council; the Deaf Cultural Center in Olathe; and how new immigrants sparked an economic and cultural renaissance in Ulysses.

Click here to view a poster with more details and dates for all of the premieres.  And stay connected as I promise to reveal all the exciting details of our premiere on Monday’s post.

Gizmo Productions were back in Kinsley last week to get a little more footage for our upcoming film.  Tim Tyree of Tyree Ag Inc generously provided a plane and pilot for Jeff Carson and Zach Stremel to attach a camera to a strut to get some aerial shots of the terrain.  Big thank you to Tim Tyree for helping with our Turning Points film project.IMG_3672edit

The flood in 1965 produced different problems for the rural Edwards County residents as it raced towards Kinsley.  Neighbors and their combines showed up to cut wheat before the wall of water reached the fields.  Stock and equipment had to be moved to higher ground.  Wilma and Duane Lancaster’s rented home was completely flooded.  In the aftermath, the gnats and stinking silt made clean-up difficult.

The Kinsley Library invited a group of Offerle residents to meet at Zion Church last Saturday, March 29, to share memories of the 1965 flood.   Rachel (Lightcap) Harmon of Sagebrush Productions was asked to video record the event and create a “trailer” for “Navigating Rough Waters,” a short film being produced on the flood in Kinsley as part of the “1965 Flood Rural Offerle RemembersTurning Points: Stories of Change” produced by Gizmo Productions of Topeka for the Kansas Humanities Council.

Now the 1965 Offerle flood stories will be recorded

During our interviews for the upcoming KHC film project, Navigating Rough Waters, we heard stories about the 1965 flood waters raging south of Offerle towards Kinsley.  Many told of how the farmers worked together to harvest the wheat before the river flooded the fields.  Others credited the cut straw in the fields and the debris dams created by it with spreading out the water and saving Kinsley from a worst disaster.

These stories sparked the interest of Offerle resident Dr. Galen Boehme who encouraged us to find a way to record these memories also.  I contacted Rachel Lightcap Harmon of Sagebrush Production and former Offerle resident.  She met with Dr. Boehme and myself to explore how this could be done.

The results is a gathering has been planned for Saturday, March 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church.  All the local folk are invited to come together as a group to share their stories and memories which Rachel will record on film.  We appreciate the continued support of the Kansas Humanities Council in this companion project for the premiere of Navigating Rough Waters.

If the Offerle folk enjoy this experience, Rachel will be exploring the possibility of creating a video that records that area’s history similar to the South of the Parallel videos that feature the Trousdale, Fellsburg, and Centerview area.  It sure is exciting when local people find ways they can become involved in preserving the heritage of the area.   Hope to see everyone at the Zion Church on March 29th.