Enhance your lessons with free video presentations from the Smoky Hill Museum’s Educational Lending Library. Expose your students to quality, engaging presentations offered by professors, historians, authors and more. This is a working, growing library with topics such as the impressive DC3 weather project, animals of the Pleistocene, cattle trails, the history of Camp Phillips, Schilling Air Force Base and more. Available to educational entities only.
Contact Nona Miller, Curator of Education, to check out a DVD by calling 785-309-5776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of DVDs
This list is constantly growing. Please contact Nona Miller for the most up-to-date list.
- The American Grain Elevator
- Excavations at Fool Chief’s Village
- Kansas Train Tales
- History of Schilling Air Force Base
- Oceans of Kansas
- The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard
- The Two Greatest Cattle Trails
- Understanding the Maya and the 2012 Apocalypse: Fact or Fiction?
The American Grain Elevator
They’re called sentinels, standing guard over expansive fields and grasslands. They’re also called lighthouses of the plains, directing travelers to the nearest town “They” are grain elevators, and they’re celebrated in the book, The American Grain Elevator: Function & Form. In this engaging video, author Linda Laird discusses these unique structures, why and when they began, purposes, different materials used and more. There are also a number of close-up shots of collectible items and pictures. But wait, there’s more. When you borrow this interesting video, you’ll also be borrowing a copy of the featured book, which was the culmination of a 20-year project to photograph and document American grain elevators. (Note: the sound drops briefly at 2:23) (Running time: 43:59)
Look in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Actually, it’s three tricked out planes, used by the amazing DC3 project. Salina was the base location and project operations center for the DC3 (Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry Project). Join Dr. Steven Rutledge, Atmospheric Science Professor at Colorado State University, and principal investigator for the DC3 project, as he lays a foundation of understanding about ozone, lightening and clouds then proceeds to outline the exciting DC3 project. Using aircraft equipped with impressive and extensive scientific instruments, the project worked to provide comprehensive measurement of how clouds precipitate, how they make lightening, how they process chemicals in the atmosphere and what impacts they may have on climate in the long term. (Running time: approx. 1 hour)
Excavations at Fool Chief’s Village
There are insights and secrets in the dirt right beneath our feet – just waiting to be unearthed. Fool Chief’s Village, a Kansa village, offers many such insights and secrets. It was occupied between 1830 and 1844, the largest of three villages in use. Things were changing fast. Treaties were being signed, cultures were clashing and a way of life was beginning to disappear for the People of the Plains. This visual presentation offers a history of the site, previous and current excavations, maps, images of discovered objects and conclusions. Tricia Waggoner, Highway Archaeologist for the Kansas State Historical Society leads this interesting discussion. (Running time: approx. 1 hour)
Kansas Train Tales
All aboard! In this engaging video, Kansas author Robert Collins shares some of his extensive knowledge of area train lines. This video is driven by audience questions and topics covered including the Doodlebug, the train on display in Salina’s Oakdale Park, the Andover train robbery, Harvey Houses, Native Americans and more.
Robert Collins is the author of more than 14 books and numerous articles and short stories. Filmed April 1, 2010, as the Smoky Hill Museum’s First Thursday presentation. (Running time: approx. 35 minutes)
History of Schilling Air Force Base
Take to the skies with this engaging video. It will introduce you to twenty facts about the Schilling Air Force Base. Some are well known, while others are little known and surprising. Presenter, Tim Rogers, executive director of the Salina Airport Authority, uses numerous photos and memorabilia to tell the story. Enjoy a sneak peek at the Wings Over Salina Aviation Experience. (Running time: 59:31)
Oceans of Kansas
Explore the days when Kansas was under water and teeming with incredible ocean creatures with Mike Everhart, adjunct curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. He is also the author of the book Oceans of Kansas. Mike employs striking visuals and engaging discussion to bring alive a time of scales and teeth. Filmed at the Smoky Hill Museum's March 2010 First Thursday presentation. (Running time: approx 1 hour 19 minutes)
The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard
You’ve seen them. Postcards with hard to believe images, like farmers using logging saws to slice ears of corn or monster grasshoppers that could stop a train. In this engaging video, Erika Nelson discusses these and other postcards of William H. “Dad’ Martin and Frank D. “Pop” Conard. From the early 1900s through 1940, their crafted images pushed the medium of photography and promoted Kansas in unique ways. Erika Nelson is the creator and curator of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. (Running time: approx. 1 hour)
The Two Greatest Cattle Trails
It was a world of dust and horns. A place where many men learned their “true grit.” Cattle trails weren’t for the faint of heart, and Salina was nestled between the two greatest trails, the Chisholm and Western. This engaging presentation covers the history of cattle trails, challenges, the drive itself and much more. Dennis Garstang is a member of the Wild West History Association. Filmed May 6, 2010, at the Smoky Hill Museum’s First Thursday presentation. (Running time: approx. 42 minutes)
Understanding the Maya and the 2012 Apocalypse: Fact or Fiction?
Delve into 2012! This engaging and visual presentation helps separate fact from fiction and reality from hype. Dr. Heather McCrea discusses a number of the 2012 apocalyptic theories and philosophies, then turns her attention to the Maya calendar, writing systems, world views and more. Dr. Heather McCrea is an assistant professor of history at Kansas State University. Filmed June 3, 2010, at the Smoky Hill Museum’s First Thursday presentation. (Running time: approx. 1 hour 5 minutes)