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Tornado Anniversary Events

tornado week poster no bottom (2)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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hesston USD 460 Students: Friday, March 13
    Several community members will share their experiences at various times in each of the three school buildings.
  5. 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 hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com