Winter 2017: “Black Gold” Sneak Peek!

Black Gold
1892 Neodesha oil discovery changes Southeast Kansas forever

The Mid-Continent Oil Field has historically been one of the largest producers of oil in the United States. It consists of hundreds of oil fields, spans six states and at one time was responsible for generating more than half of the nation’s oil supply. 

Its birthplace? Right here in Southeast Kansas – Neodesha, to be exact. The discovery of Neodesha’s Norman No. 1, what many believe to be the first commercial oil well west of the Mississippi River, not only forever changed the town, but also kicked off an oil boom that put the entire region and state on the map…

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Winter 2017: “Art is Ageless” Sneak Peek!

Art is Ageless
Art competition for seniors emphasizes creativity and encouragement

Aggie Keesling, 89, has taken up painting just in the last several years. She’s teaching herself, experimenting with colors, learning from trial and error. She even paints over old canvases multiple times so she doesn’t have to drive to town to buy more. 

“I paint quite a bit, especially in the wintertime because it’s so quiet out here,” says Aggie, who lives in Farlington. “When I have nothing to do, I’ll sit and paint. It gives me so much enjoyment, I wonder where the hours have gone.”

This year, for the first time, Aggie submitted her artwork to a contest: Art is Ageless, hosted by Fort Scott Presbyterian Village. She selected two of her paintings to enter into one category – and, much to her shock, she took home first and second place.

“A friend got me involved,” Aggie says. “I told her no way would I ever take my paintings up there, but she finally convinced me. I was really surprised and just thrilled to death to get second, and to get first – I’m real pleased.”

Aggie’s story is the epitome of Art is Ageless…

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