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Tallgrass Tales – Stories from the Flint Hills

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

A collection of recollections from seasoned Flint Hills ranchers and other cow-folk, captured on film by Kansas photographer Mark Feiden. Project funded by Humanities Kansas.

Steve Cormier, Cowboy Poet

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

A concise history of the Santa Fe Trail

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

Beginning in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail was actively in use for almost 60 years. How could a relatively short-lived highway of commerce have a legacy lasting two hundred years? A Prairie Talk will explore this subject. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 21, Steve Schmidt, of Hesston, will present “Santa Fe Trail 101” in the […]

Women of the Ranch

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

Farm and ranch women typically play many roles. They are some combination of daughter, wife, mother, business partner, driver, drover, and cowhand all rolled into one. And a woman who began filling these roles in the first part of the 20th century has witnessed extraordinary change. It is likely that she has hauled water to […]

Peace on the Prairie

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

It is said:  Music is the sound of art. Both music and visual art are merged in “Peace on the Prairie,” a collaboration by singer-songwriter, Annie Wilson, and artist, Susan Rose. At 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, Pioneer Bluffs presents “Peace on the Prairie,” featuring an art exhibit by Susan Rose, a conversation with Rose […]

Prairie Talk: History of the Flint Hills

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

Mike Holder, Kansas State University Extension Agent (retired), begins at the beginning of the Flint Hills, “why it is what it is,” says Holder. He will discuss formation of the Flint Hills, the Native American presence, and the influence of ranching. Holder is known as a good storyteller and draws on 47 years with the […]

Prairie Talk: The Hatcher Family story

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green, KS

An upcoming Prairie Talk will tell the story of a Flint Hills family that began in 1897 at the Emporia Stock Yards. At 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Jeanne Hatcher shares the history of six generations of the Hatcher family. From Emporia to Chase County, the Fox Creek Ranch grew. Today the children and grandchildren […]