25 Years – Beyond the Rubble
Walk through the Hesston neighborhoods in the path of the March 13, 1990 tornado by following the orange flags. The trailheads are located at Mennonite Brethren Church (610 West Randall Street) and Central National Bank (711 E Lincoln Blvd).
Tornado Trail Map FINAL 2015
Please Use Caution when crossing Old 81, the Railroad Tracks, Main Street and Ridge Road.
Path will be marked throughout March 2015.
For the 25 years since the storms of March 13, 1990, the Hesston community has rebuilt, grown and thrived. As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Community Foundation, the Hesston Public Library, Hesston College and the Hesston Record, with additional support from Hesston Mennonite Church and USD 460 have coordinated several public events:
- Walk the Path: March 7 – 22
Retrace the path of the March 13, 1990 tornado by following the orange flags placed in the community by the Hesston College Disaster Management Students. The Path will be marked throughout March.
- Share the Memories: Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM
@Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 South Main Street, Hesston
View the Dean Alison video and hear from various community members who were very involved in the hours immediately following the storm. Light refreshments and time for sharing personal experiences following the presentation. ALL ARE WELCOME.
- Record the Story: March 12 – March 13
An oral historian will be present at the Hesston Public Library giving the public an opportunity to record their experiences to library’s Special Collections archive. Please schedule your time before arriving by calling 620-327-4666.
- Hesston USD 460 Students: Friday, March 13
Several community members will share their experiences at various times in each of the three school buildings.
- Twister Twila & the Rodeo Queen Weds., March 18, 1:00 PM
Join us for a tornado-themed story time at the Hesston Public Library and a special program from Abbey Pomeroy, Hesston’s own Miss Rodeo Kansas 2015.
As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Public Library has digitized the photographs, personal reflections, letters, videos and other documents collected after the storm. The Digitized Special Collections can be viewed at: http://hesston.digitalsckls.info.
Anyone with questions about the 25th Anniversary events is encouraged to contact the library at 620-327-4666 or email@example.com
The Hesston Public Library holds several Special Collections and Archives that are unique to Hesston, Ks. Thanks to generous financial support from the South Central Kansas Library System and the Kansas Humanities Council, the Hesston Public Library has begun digitizing these fragile collections so that they can be more accessible to the public.
Access the Digital Special Collections at: http://hesston.digitalsckls.info/
March 13, 1990 Tornado Collection
The initial material has been digitized and uploaded to the Special Collections website, however additional material will continue to be added as long as the public is willing to share it with the Library for this purpose.
Future digitization efforts will include:
- Murray Bandy Archives
- Hesston Women’s Civic Club Archives
- Hesston Public Library Archives
- Yost Archives (limited material)
On March 13, 1990, Hesston, KS and south-central Kansas were hit by a series of powerful and deadly tornadoes. For the 25 years since that storm, the Hesston community has rebuilt, grown and thrived.
As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Public Library, with the assistance from the Kansas Humanities Council and the South Central Kansas Library System, has digitized the photographs, personal reflections, letters, videos, and other documents collected by the library after the storm. The digitized collection will be unveiled to the public in March.
CALL FOR ARTIFACTS:
The library has the capacity to add additional digital items to the website, without keeping the physical items. If you are willing to share your photos or written remembrances, please bring your items (up to 10) to the Hesston Public Library.
Please note that:
- You will be asked for permission to share a digital version of your item(s) with the public.
- Your original items will be returned to you.
- A maximum of 10 photos or written materials per person will be accepted
- It will be at the Library’s discretion as to what will be digitized and what will not
- No newspaper or newspaper articles will be accepted.
The Hesston Public Library is also seeking physical items that went through the tornado and have a story to tell.
UPDATE: Navigators will be at the Hesston Public Library again on Tuesday, February 3rd from 4-6 PM.
Stop by the Library on Monday, January 12th for assistance from Certified Healthcare Navigators.
Hungry for a good book? Join the Hesston Public Library for a series of four books that will satisfy your appetite! Each book TALK will be lead by discussion leaders chosen from across Kansas.
TALK Flyer Winter 2015
Our feast includes:
Miriam’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich (January 22)
Empire Falls by Richard Russo (February 19)
Secrets of the Tsil Cafe by Thomas Fox Averill (March 12)
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto (April 9)
Book sets can be picked up at the library’s front desk.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.
Due to the Holidays and an all-staff training date, the Hesston Public Library will not be open on the following:
Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving)
Friday, November 28
Saturday, November 29
Friday, December 5 (all-staff training)
Wednesday, December 24 – 1/2 day
Thursday, December 25 (Christmas)
Friday, December 26
Saturday, December 27
Wednesday, December 31 – 1/2 day
Thursday, January 1 (New Years Day)
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!
Even as a librarian, I have returned a few books late and…yes, have lost a book (I blame my kids). The fees can quickly add up. At at balance of $10, library borrowing and computer privileges are suspended.
Now is the perfect time of year to “pay” down your library fines while helping those in our community.
All November long, we will take $2 off your library fines for every non-perishable food item that you donate. Donations will benefit the Hesston Resource Center.
End the year library-debt free!
How does free access to computers and Internet at the library impact YOU?
Hesston Public Library wants to know how our patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection so we can make these services better.