Audio Postcard

Jonathan Huber

Kansas was the 34th state admitted to the Union on January 29th, 1861. The Kauffman Museum, in North Newton, annually holds a Kansas Day celebration. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber paid a visit on Saturday and found demonstrations of statehood-era equipment and methods. Bandanas were tied into baskets, twine turned into rope, and a machine that removed kernels of corn off of the cob, and, of course, carriage rides.

What goes up, must come down. That goes for the thermometer, too. Kansans saw above average temperatures last week and KMUW’s Jonathan Huber found people taking advantage of the good weather before winter returned with an icy vengeance in this Audio Postcard.

Each year at Botanica, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, thousands of people visit the garden for its Illuminations event to see more than a million holiday lights. Displays are set up throughout the park, Santa makes appearances, and visitors munch on popcorn and stay warm with hot cocoa. 

Jonathan Huber

December Saturdays in Old Town Square have been full of festive holiday spirit. Children could tell Santa their Christmas wishes, families went on horse-drawn carriage rides, and--last Saturday--a ukulele choir performed Christmas carols. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber files this audio postcard.

Jonathan Huber

Have you ever wondered how salt gets from 650 feet underground to icy roadways during winters? In this Audio Postcard, KMUW’s Jonathan Huber takes a trip to the massive underground caverns of the Hutchinson Salt Company, where General Manager Jim Barta explains how the salt goes from rock to road.

And here's some video Jonathan captured in the mine.

Jordan Kirtley

Autumn is fading in most of south central Kansas but you can still see color in the trees and fields.  KMUW’s Jonathan Huber took a walk along the Arkansas River and files this audio postcard.

Each year, teams of rowers from across the country gather for the Frostbite Regatta on the Little Arkansas River in Riverside. They sit on skinny boats - called skulls - racing quickly through the water to the cheers of enthusiastic crowds. The 26th annual race was held this past Saturday. In this Audio Postcard, you’ll hear races starting and the rowers with their coxswains shouting navigational and inspirational commands.

Jonathan Huber

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City was established in the Flint Hills in 1996. The National Park Service operates the Spring Hill Ranch, which offers Living Ranch History Weekends between Memorial Day and October. KMUW's Jonathan Huber visited on a windy Saturday and prepared this audio postcard, which has sounds of a meal being cooked and a blacksmithing demonstration.

Jonathan Huber

Every third weekend of September, the Walnut Valley Festival takes place in Winfield. For 46 years, it's put together bluegrass, Celtic, folk music, Cowboy, and numerous other genres. People come from all over the world to reunite with their Winfield family.

KMUW’s Jonathan Huber filed this audio postcard with voices from folk musician John McCutcheon and The Steel Wheels’ Trent Wagler, along with music from the festival and the campgrounds.

Jonathan Huber / KMUW

Powwows are an integral part of the way Native Americans remember their history and ancestors. Many powwows are held throughout the year at Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita.

Pages