Flint Hills Counterpoint to release audio tour book with help of grant

Flint Hills Counterpoint, in partnership with the Peabody Historical Society, is proud to announce the award of a $7,500 Kansas Creative Arts and Industries grant. The grant will help fund Flint Hills Counterpoint Audio Tour Book – an extraordinary multi-layered map of text, imagery, and sounds of Marion County, Kansas. The project is also sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Three kickoff brainstorming and community-sharing events will be held at local museums to help the community learn more about the project, start exploring ideas to include in the book, and meet lead artists Cyan Meeks and Susan Mayo:

Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Marion Historical Museum – Gather at the Turquoise Table, 626 East Main, Marion, KS, across the street from the museum to start – we will wander across to the museum after a short presentation about Flint Hills Counterpoint’s Audio Tour Book Project

Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Historical Museum Complex – Ann Potter Room of the Peabody Township Library, 214 N. Walnut Street, Peabody, KS

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum – 200 Poplar St, Goessel, KS – In the prep school – 1st building from the parking lot, looks like a church…look for the bell tower!

“We are asking past and present residents of Marion County to share their ideas about what should be included in the book, and are looking for stories about memories, local folklore, histories, experiences, knowledge, and incidences that connect to the places, people, land, plants, and animals of Marion County,” said Mayo, Flint Hills Counterpoint Project Director.

When completed the public will be able to journey through the story of Marion County with Flint Hills Counterpoint’s Audio Tour Book as their guide. They can venture into the intersection of the tallgrass prairie and the Flint Hills while experiencing the memories, folklore, and natural history of the area. Traveling to actual locations and landmarks of each story will be possible by following the book’s map coordinates (GPS). Throughout each chapter, QR codes will link this book to a smart device activating digital content that are combinations of narration, sounds, photography, original musical scores, short films, and animations. This book is structured geographically rather than chronologically- where multiple timelines converge at a single location.
Flint Hills Counterpoint Audio Tour Book is a countywide community project that will collaboratively create an audio tour book that guides its readers and listeners through Marion County, Kansas. Through community engagement and programming, members of Marion County will unearth, discover, and share their stories and artifacts through multi-generational interviews at local historical archives including The Peabody Historical Society, The Marion Historical Society, and the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. Parts of the book will be printed at the Peabody Print Museum and the book will be bound by hand. Workshops on bookbinding will be scheduled in the spring and other workshops by local experts will be held on the geography, history, and ecology of Marion county.

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