Sunflower Journeys Videotapes
2009.0003

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
KTWU-TV (Television Station: Topeka, Kan.).
Title
Sunflower Journeys Videotapes
ID
2009.0003
Date
1995-2000
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Videotaped recordings of Sunflower Journeys television programs featuring Emporia State University alumni and faculty.

Preferred Citation note

Sunflower Journeys Videotapes, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Sunflower Journeys

Public Broadcasting Station KTWU-TV in Topeka, Kansas, began producing the Sunflower Journeys series in 1987. The program relies upon local experts and scholars to express its primary focus of discovering and sharing the history, geography, and culture of Kansas. Each 30-minute episode contains three segments on related topics. 13 episodes are produced each season.

James Hoy

Jim Hoy was born December 15, 1939, near Cassoday, Kansas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Kansas State University, Manhattan, in 1961, a Master of Arts degree in English from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1965, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1970. He taught at the El Dorado (Kansas) Junior High before joining the English Department faculty of Kansas State Teachers College in 1965. He has served as President of the Kansas State Historical Society and on the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center. James serves as Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University and in 2003 received the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Award.

Christopher C. Lovett

Chris Lovett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the College of Emporia in 1970, a Master of Arts degree in History from Emporia Kansas State College in 1975, a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in 1978, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from Kansas State University in 1989. He served in Vietnam with the 716th Military Police Battalion. He previously taught at Kansas State University, University of Iowa, and Fort Hays State University before coming to Emporia State University in 1996.

Ron McCoy

Ron McCoy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1971, a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 1977, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History and Political Science from Northern Arizona University in 1983. He began teaching at Emporia State University in 1989 and taught here for 19 years before moving on to Oklahoma State University in 2008. He was the director for the Center of Great Plains Studies from 1992 to 2001. In 2003 McCoy was honored as the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor at Emporia State University.

Edward L. McGlone

Ed McGlone earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Arts from Ohio State University in 1963, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Ohio University in 1967. He began teaching at Emporia State University in 1987 after teaching and holding administrative positions at Wayne State University, Southern Illinois University and Mississippi State University. He has been the executive director of the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame and was honored with the 2004 Emporia State University Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Patrick G. O’Brien

Pat O’Brien earned a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Wayne State University in 1986. He was the director of the Center for Great Plains Studies and is a past president of the Kansas History Teachers Association. He taught Social Science and History at Emporia State University. He began teaching at Emporia State University in 1965 and continued until he entered phased retirement in 2000. He twice received the Edgar Langsdorf Award for Excellence in writing of Kansas History.

Leo W. Pauls

Leo Pauls earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethel College in 1962, a Master of Science degree from Emporia State University in 1966, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1970. He began teaching at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1971. He served as the executive director for The Renaissance Group, the executive director for The Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, the president for the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and in 2006 received the Kansas Teacher Recognition Award. He retired from Emporia State University in 2006.

Loren Pennington

Loren Pennington graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1945, from Brown University with a Master of Arts in 1956, and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in American History from the University of Michigan in 1962. He joined the History Department faculty of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1960, and began phased retirement in 1992. From 1992-2008 he served the History Department as an adjunct professor. Loren was honored as a Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor in 1980. He helped found the Kansas Chautauqua, a traveling show of Kansas historical reenactments in which he performed the role of Governor Alfred M. Landon, in 1985.

Von Rothenberger

Von Rothenberger was a history major at Emporia State University in the 1990’s. He is a native of Osborne County, Kansas, where he is a local historian and member of the Kansas Explorer Club.

Joyce M. Thierer

Joyce Thierer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in American History from Kansas State University in 1972, a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in 1980, a Master of Arts degree in American History from Emporia State University in 1986, and a Doctor of Philosophy in American History from Kansas State University in 1994. She was a university librarian for eleven years at Kansas State University and Wayne State College before she began teaching at Emporia State University in 1999.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of 12 videotapes. Each tape contains one recording of a Public Broadcasting Station KTWU’s Sunflower Journeys episode. Each 30-minute episode contains three stories on a related topic; this collection is only concerned with those segments featuring alumni or faculty of Emporia State University. Episode #808 contains an interview with Jim Hoy in which he discusses the history and legends associated with Diamond Springs, Kansas, which was an important stop for travels along the Santa Fe Trail. In episode #902, Loren Pennington reviews the life of Kansas native Walter Chrysler and how his upbringing determined his future as a leader of the car industry. Episode #903 discusses Elderhostel programs which provide educational experiences for senior adults as described by Edward McGlone. Episode #905 celebrates the closing of a German prisoner of war camp in Concordia during World War II; Pat O’Brien discusses the impact the camp had on the local community. Episode #906 looks at the importance of work horses in Kansas history as described by Joyce Thierer. Episode #909 revisits the time when Texas Longhorn cattle were driven to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail as Jim Hoy discusses the history of the trail and events that brought an end to cattle drives. In program #910, Von Rothenberger reveals what his research using archival documents found about the novel  Sod and Stubble. Episode #1009 contains an interview with Leo Pauls in which he explains how the Kansas Better School Project supports exceptional public schools. Episode #1013 interviews Christopher Lovett as he explains how memorials like the “Moving Wall” can help heal communities after the Vietnam War. Episode #1111 reviews the Osage Indian tribe that once lived in the Neosho River Valley as Ron McCoy discusses how the arrival of European-Americans affected the that tribe. In episode #1305, Loren Pennington traces the political career of Alf Landon, who was governor of Kansas in 1932 and was the Republican nominee for President in 1936. Episode #1306 reviews the role of Kansas airfields that were operated by the Army Air Corps during World War II as described by Pat O’Brien.

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Arrangement note

Chronological.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives , February - May 2010

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

Conditions Governing Use note

Requires VHS videotape player and television to view.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Books by Loren Pennington and Jim Hoy are available from the William Allen White Library’s circulating collections. Loren Pennington’s interviews for the Flint Hills Oral History Project are available in the Social Sciences record group (ESU003.004.010). Sunflower Journeys Videotapes (2007.0008) contains additional episodes from the television program dated 1989 to 1995, including interviews with Jim Hoy and Loren Pennington.  The Bulletin contains articles featuring Loren Pennington and Jim Hoy.  The Teachers College Newsletter contains articles featuring Leo Pauls (ESU003.007). The Flint Hills Oral History Project (ESU003.004.010) contains information on air bases in Kansas, the United States Army Air Corps and the Vietnam War. Both the Brigadier General William A. Bloomer Collection (NA2003.0001) and Brigadier General William A. Boomer Oral History Interview (NA2004.0002) contain information about the Vietnam War. Additional information regarding faculty members’ education and teaching positions at Emporia State University may be obtained from the Faculty Card file.

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Air Corps.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Elderhostels.
  • Kansas -- History.

Personal Name(s)

  • Chrysler, Walter P. (Walter Percy), 1875-1940.
  • Hoy, James F.
  • Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987.
  • Lovett, Christopher C.
  • McCoy, Ron.
  • McGlone, Edward Leon, 1941 - .
  • O’Brien, Patrick G.
  • Pauls, Leo W.
  • Pennington, Loren.
  • Rothenberger, Von.
  • Thierer, Joyce M., 1946 - .

Subject(s)

  • Air bases -- Kansas.
  • Cattle drives -- Kansas -- History.
  • Cattle drives -- Texas -- History.
  • Chisholm Trail.
  • Concentration camps - - Kansas.
  • Concordia Prisoner of War Camp.
  • Diamond Springs (Kan.)
  • Education - - Kansas - - History.
  • History -- Research -- Kansas.
  • Horses -- Kansas.
  • Neosho River Valley (Kan. and Okla.)
  • Older people -- Education.
  • Osage Indians.
  • Presidential candidates -- United States.
  • Prisoners of war -- Kansas -- Concordia.
  • Public schools -- Kansas.
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
  • Sunflower Journeys (Television program)
  • Television programs, Public service.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - - Monuments.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
  • World War, 1939-1945.

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Collection Inventory

Cassette

Sunflower Journeys “Neosho River Basin,” Pgm. #808, Length: 28:41, 1995. 

1

Sunflower Journeys “Mobile Society,” Pgm. # 902, Length: 28:53, 1996. 

2

Sunflower Journeys “Age and Attitude,” Pgm. #903, Length: 29:12, 1996.  

3

Sunflower Journeys “Kansas WWII,” Pgm. #905, Length: 28:30, 1996. 

4

Sunflower Journeys “Horses and Humans,” Pgm. #906, Length: 27:27, 1996. 

5

Sunflower Journeys “Chisholm Trail,” Pgm. #909, Length: 28:54, 1996. 

6

Sunflower Journeys “Information Age,” Pgm. # 910, Length: 28:04, 1996. 

7
Box

Sunflower Journeys “Education Communities,” Pgm. #1009, Length 28:04, 1997. 

8
Cassette

Sunflower Journeys “The Global Community,” Pgm. #1013, Length: 28:18, 1997. 

9

Sunflower Journeys “Neosho Valley,” Pgm. #1111, Length: 28:01, 1998. 

10

Program #1305 “Born in the 30s,” Pgm. #1305, Length: 28:17, 1999. 

11

Program #1306 “ Fly and GIs” Pgm1306, Length: 28:06, 1999. 

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