Stories From the Farm and Ranch

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About the Project

A simple web site. A simple mission—to collect and preserve the stories of older farm and ranch folks. An 85 year old who has spent a lifetime on the farm or ranch has witnessed extraordinary change—from mechanization and electrification to herbicides, genetics and GPS. If we are to preserve the humor, wit and wisdom of a largely bygone era, we must do so now. Above all else, we record these stories because we can—what would you give to hear one of your great great grandparents sharing a good tale?

My name is Mark Feiden. I am a designer, writer and photographer based in Kansas. This is a project that I have been thinking about for for a very long time. I was finally spurred into action by the loss of a older country cousin—a good friend and a great story teller. I had long planned to get some of these stories (many of which involved my great grandparents and other family members who I never knew) on film. I put it off one too many times.

I initially teamed with the Wabaunsee County (Kansas) Historical Society and Museum on a mutually beneficial pilot project. I have been able to expand this effort through a partnership with the Pioneer Bluffs organization. Together, we applied for, and received, a grant from Humanities Kansas. These relationships temporarily limited scope to the Flint Hills region of Kansas. We are now in the process of organizing funding for a larger effort that will have no geographic boundaries.

Getting in Touch

If you have any questions, or if you know of someone I should be interviewing, please contact me personally: Mark@MarkFeiden.com


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This project is a considerable undertaking that would not be possible without financial support. We welcome (tax-deductible) donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations who share our interest in documenting farm and ranch life. Sponsorship opportunities, that include brand placement (and in some cases shared ownership of content) are available as well. Please contact me directly if you are interested in helping to support this effort: Mark@MarkFeiden.com

My Other Projects

A Flint Hills Anthology
The Konza Press

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