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 Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage. Together, we have applied for and received two different Humanities Kansas. grants. We also received funding, for a tangentially related project, from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. To date, our scope has been limited to the Flint Hills region of Kansas—an area of special interest for me, and central to the mission statement of Pioneer Bluffs.

Contacting Us

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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The project is really all about the preservation and sharing of stories. Please share us through social media and by other means. If you have a website we welcome being linked. Thank you for visiting and thank you for your support!

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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 building this archive. Donations can be made through our project partner Pioneer Bluffs Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage. Click here to donate.

IMPORTANT: If sending a check to the Pioneer Bluffs Foundation, please use the memo line to earmark your gift for "Preserving ranching stories/Emil Redmon's Cow project." If you make a donation online, using your debit or credit card, please use the optional note line to make the earmark:

We are also open to exploring sponsorship opportunities that include brand placement (and in some cases shared ownership of content). Please contact me directly: Mark@MarkFeiden.com

We have very low overhead and every penny that comes our way directly supports the filming, editing and sharing of these interviews. Thanks so much for your support!

My Other Projects

A Flint Hills Anthology
The Konza Press

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