Symphony in the Flint Hills Journal Series

A Treasure of Flint Hills Information


NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE at:  http://newprairiepress.org/sfh/ (2009 and subsequent Field Journals).  Searchable function - also article titles are listed below.  These are also available in hard copy format at the: Symphony in the Flint Hills, 331 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845, Phone: 620-273-8955

This is one of the best collections of information about the Flint Hills available anywhere. They present valuable research and basic information about our region commissioned by the Symphony in the Flint Hills each year as part of their educational mission. Many of the Journals follow a theme.

Teachers, these articles will be great background resources for you as the instructor, and many can also be read by students. In particular, these volumes contain information specific to many of our Education Program’s Learning Activities (See Teaching Resources Section)

List of Symphony Journal Articles about the Flint Hills


From Symphony in the Flint Hills: Almanacs, Field Guides and Field Journals


[note 2006-2008 are not available on-line]
2006 - A Field Guide, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County
  • Flint Hills Origin, Geology and History
  • Prairie Ecosystem
  • Grasslands Wildlife
  • Audubon of Kansas
  • The Kansas Park Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The National Park Service
2007 - Almanac, Wade Pasture, Waubansee County
  • Flint Hills Geology and Paleo Climate - Rex Buchanan
  • Flint Hills Flora - Tom Eddy
  • Flint Hills Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians - Bob Gress
  • Flint Hills Aquatics - Brian Obermeyer
  • Flint Hills Birds - Ron Klataske
  • Waubaunsee County History: Our Name, The Wade Pasture and the Old Highway, Early Chapters, A Voice from the Past, Civil War, Emigration - Michael Stubbs
  • Native Stone Fences and Scenic Byway - Paul M. Miller
  • Music Traditions of the Flint Hills - Jim Hoy
  • The Schwarting Family - Wade Parsons and Michael Stubbs
  • Ranching in the Flint Hills - Jim Hoy
  • Flint Hills Quiz
  • Chuck Wagon Cooking - Josh Hoy
  • Flint Hills Night Sky - Greg Novacek
2008 - Almanac, North Lakeview Pasture, Council Grove, Morris County
  • Flint Hills Grasses - Craig Freeman
  • Flint Hills Map - Wade Parsons
  • Bison on the Tallgrass Prairie - Randy Clark
  • Splendor in the Details: Butterfly and Insect Predators on the Prairie - Jim Mason
  • Flying High: Raptors of the Flint Hills - Chuck Otte
  • Council Grove History - Ron Parks
  • The White Family - Marty White
  • Archaeology: Prehistoric Morris County - Wade Parsons
  • Ranching in the Flint Hills - Jim Hoy
  • Cattle Brands - Debbie Leckron Miller
  • Chuck Wagon Cooking - Josh Hoy
  • Flint Hills Quiz
  • Flint Hills Night Sky - Greg Novacek
2009 - Field Journal Volume I - Upper Turkey Springs Pasture, Doyle Creek Cattle Co, Chase County
  • The Kanza: Travelers on a Hard Trail - Wade Parsons
  • The Great Bend People: A Prelude to History - Wade Parsons
  • Their Road to the Buffalo - Ron Parks
  • Pike in the Kansas Flint Hills - Leo Oliva
  • Cattle in the Flint Hills - Jim Hoy
  • Trails of the Flint Hills - Wade Parsons
  • Florence and the Cottonwood River Valley - Michael Stubbs
  • Doyle Creek Ranch - Judy Mills; Sara Dawson
  • Springs of the Flint Hills - Rex Buchanan, Bob Sawin, Wayne Lbsack
  • Edible Plants of the Prairie - Kelly Kindscher
  • What Happened to Pike’s Animals - Bob Gress
  • The Wild Turkey: Journey of a Noble Bird
  • Flint Hills Night Sky - Dave Clark
2010 - Field Journal Volume II, South Clements Pasture, Bluestem Cattle Co., Bazaar, Kansas
  • Ranching on the Tallgrass Prairie
  • Pioneer Bluffs and the Rogler Legacy - Marva Weigelt
  • Cattle in the Flint Hills: the Texas Connection - Jim Hoy
  • Flint Hills forever Dependent on Horses - Frank Buchman
  • Cattle and Railroads - The Flint Hills Connection - Phil Miller
  • The Ancient Relationship between Grazing Animals and Pasture - Wade Parsons
  • The Town and Schools of Bazaar - Cathy Hoy
  • In Concert with the Ecosystem - Edward P. Bass
  • A Brief History of the Chuckwagon - Josh Hoy
  • What Are Ranch Rodeos - Randy Peterson
  • Ranching for the Birds - Jane Koger
  • Tree Invasion - Randy Rodgers
  • Water and the Flint Hills - Rex Buchanan and Bob Sawin
  • Managing Kansas Flint Hills Grasslands - Clenton Owensby
  • Beef Production in the Flint Hills - Mike Beam
  • Things That Growl in the Night - Jim Mason
  • Flint Hills Night Sky / “Imagine” - H. C. Palmer
  • Traditional Arts of the Rancher and Cowboy - Laurie Hamilton and Susannah Evans
  • Cowboy Singin’ - Kelly Werts
2011 - Field Journal Volume III - Fix Pasture, Volland, Kansas, Waubaunsee County
  • Freedom’s Frontier
  • The Border War and American Liberty - Nicole Etcheson
  • Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
  • Flint Hills: A Major Chapter in Potawatomi Migratin - Jon Boursaw
  • Connecticut Yankees in Kansas - Michael Stubbs
  • Faith and Freedom: Like of Harriet N K. Jones, 1825-1903 - Connie Pillsbury
  • The Underground Railroad in Kansas - Todd Mildfelt
  • An Introduction to the Flint Hills and the Tallgrass Prairie - Rex Buchanan and Brian Obermeyer
  • Early Day Cattle Drives - Jim Hoy
  • The Schultz Family - Rick Kaul
  • Wooh! - (Potowatomie and pioneer story) - Matt Thomsen
  • Volland: A Flint Hills Story - Greg Hoots
  • Frogs and Toads of the Tallgrass Prairie - Joseph Collins
  • Native Prairie Roadsides: The Iowa Example - Daryl Smith
  • Kansas Takes Pride in Roadside Prairies - Ron Klataske
  • The Claussen Archaeological Site: Prehistory of the Flint Hills - Rolfe Mandel
  • The First Kansas Band
  • Art of the Flint Hills - Don Lambert
  • The Art of Maude Mitchell (1875-1957) - Carol Cook
  • Prairie Poets - Stephen Hind, Harley Elliot, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
  • Sail the Summer Sky - Annie Wilson
2012 Field Journal Volume IV - Leet Pasture, Bushong, Kansas, Lyon County
  • The Prairie: Its Seasons and Rhythms
  • Splendor of the Grass - Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • 20,000 Years of Change: Plants, Animals, and People in the Flint Hills - Rlfe Mandel
  • Geological Cycles of the Flint Hills - Keith B. Miller
  • Stories from the Site
  • A Tree Story
  • The Leet Pasture: Home to the Polks and Troutmans
  • The Sky’s the Limit - Johnny Arnold
  • Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy: the Flint Hills Nature Trail - Doug Walker
  • Doc Bushong
  • Wise Barn
  • Charles Withingtonand the Santa Fe Trail in North Lyon County - Don Schiesser
  • Judge Baker and the Vengence of “Bloody Bill” - Mike Schimeall
  • Fruitland: The Stanley Quaker Mission to the Kaw - Michael Stubbs
  • Dunlap and the Exoduster Connection - Jan Huston
  • London Harness: Legendary Black Cowboy - Pat Finney
  • Prairie Seasons
  • Seasons and Rhythms
  • Ranching Through the Seasons - Jim Hoy
  • Year-round and Migratory Birds of the Flint Hills - David Edds
  • Defining the Flint Hills - Rex Buchanan and Brian Obermeyer
  • A Historical Overview of Fire Seasonality in Tallgrass Prairie - Gene Towne
  • Night Sky of the Flint Hills _ Fred Gassert
  • Painting the Seasons of the Flint Hills - Louis Copt
  • William Allen White’s Prairie - Thomas Fox Averill
  • Rose Kretsinger: Renowned Quilt Artist of Emporia - Barbara Brackman
  • Flint Hills - Andres Rodriguez
  • It Was the Wind - H. C. Palmer
  • The Flint Hills - Place and Thin places: Creativity and Connection - H. C. Palmer
2013 Field Journal Volume V, Fort Riley, Geary County
  • Preserving Prairie: Restoring Fort Riley’s Grant Ridge - Michael Stubbs and Bruce Waugh
  • Fauntleroy’s Letter to Quartermaster General 185 - T. T. Fauntleroy, Colonel First Dragoons
  • Chronicle of Bennett C .Riley and the First Military Escort on the Santa Fe Trail 1829 - Leo Oliva
  • Report of the Explorations for a Route for the Pacific Railroad 1854 - Lieutenant E G. Beckwith
  • The Mormon Trail (south Fork) - Geary County Historical Society and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • The Five Day Capitol - Theresa Young
  • Folio: Vernacular Architecture of Fort Riley: Early 20th Century Postcards
  • Development of the West and the U.S. Army - Edward Bowie
  • The Constabulary of the Plains - Robert Smith and William McKale
  • Folio: Warriors of the Plains
  • Five Years a Dragoon (’49-’54) - Percival G. Lowe
  • Cavalrymen and their Horses during the American Indian Wars - Lee Farren
  • Tenting on the Plains 1883 - Libbie Custer
  • Fort Riley and American Indians 1953-1911 - James E Sherow
  • Buffalo Soldiers - Alex Beilakowski
  • A Farm Boy’s Memory of the Cavalry - John McCormally
  • Folio: Junction City Photographer J. J. Penwell - John Pultz
  • Fort Riley and its Neighbors - William Dobak
  • Camp Funston
  • Pandemic in the Flint Hills - Patrick Kirk
  • Indians as Soldiers, 1919 -1945 - Bonnie Lynn-Sherow
  • Folio: Heraldry of the Plains - Bonnie Lynn-Sherow
  • Camp Center: The Big Red One
  • A Hunting and Fishing Legacy at Fort Riley - Alan Hynek
  • Pure Headwaters in the Flint Hills - Walter Dodds
  • Insects on the Prairie - Valerie Wright
  • The Tallgrass Prairie at Fort Riley - Brian Obermeyer
2014 Field Journal Volume VI, Rosalia Ranch, Butler County
  • Flint Hills Land, Sky, and People
  • Sustainable Prairie - Brian Obermeyer
  • Oil in the Flint Hills - Rex Buchanan
  • Kansas, the Flint Hills, and Water - Susan Stover
  • Such a Sight: Fire and Prairie Identity - Julie Courtwright
  • Fireline (poem) Steven Hind
  • A Tenuous Foothold in the Flint Hills: the Greater Prairie Chicken - Virginia Winder
  • The Sky (poem) - William Stafford
  • June’s Grace in the Hills - Rolla Clymer
  • Frederic Remington - Jesse Perry Stratford and Lawrence Klintworth
  • Laurence Coffelt - Lawrence Klintworth
  • Perry Lowery, Cornet Player - Christy Davis
  • Photographing the Flint Hills - John Morrison
  • The Mustang (poem) - Andy Wilkinson
  • The Streets of Laredo - Frank Maynard
  • In Search of Place (poem) - H. C. Palmer
  • The Road to Ivanpah - Jay Price
  • Prairie Print Makers - from Coutts Memorial Museum
  • The Osage of the Flint Hills - Kathleen Auschwitz
  • The Kanza: People of the South Wind - Crystal Douglas
  • Butler County’s Kafir Corn Carnivals - Joyce Thierer
  • Oil Boomtowns - Christy Davis
  • Elegy for a Prairie Town (poem) - H. C. Palmer
  • The Goat-Gland Doctors of Rosalia - Jan Farrar
  • Open to the World: Countryman’s Rodeo - Jim Hoy
  • Teter Rock - Sandy Dorsey
  • The Rosalia Ranch of the Gottsch Cattle Company
2015 Field Journal Volume VII, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County
  • Grasslands of the World
  • Nature Conservancy and National Park Service
  • Grasslands of the World
  • Africa (Kenya and Tanzania)
  • Heartbreak on the Serengeti - Robert Poole
  • Eoko - Ole Pere
  • Asia (Mongolia)
  • Giant Steppes: Protecting Mongolia Grasslands in the Face of Mining Boom - Joshua /zaffis
  • My Nature Land - D. Natsagdorj
  • Australia (Nothern Territory)
  • Home Country - Ron Geatz
  • How Man Seized Fire - Aboriginal Folklore
  • South American (Patagonia, Argentian and Chile)
  • Shear Salvation - Julia Smith
  • Elal Cycle - Tehuelche Creation Story
  • Flint Hills
  • The Herders (poem) - Annie Wilson
  • A Brief History of Symphony in the Flint Hills - Christy Davis
  • Establishing the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - Jim Hoy
2016 Field Journal Volume VIII, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County
  • Introduction:  Future of the Flint Hills
  • Down to Earth:  The Future of the Flint Hills - Jim Sherow
  • Returning to the Flint Hills - John B.T. Campbell III
  • Minnie D. Morgan - Farrell Hoy Jenab
  • Clements, Kansas - Vicki Patton
  • Yeager's Raiders - Jim Hoy
  • Here, Kansas Know All the Words to "Home on the Range" - Tom Averill
  • A Monument to Fortitude:  The Chase County Courthouse - Christy Davis
  • Cowboy Creativity:  An Economic Future for Rural Communities - Christy Davis
  • Code - Tyler Sheldon
  • In Matfield Green, a Glimpse of a Viable Future - Paula Haas
  • The Sunflower - State Flower and Floral Emblem
  • A Flint Hills Legacy:  Grass & Cattle - Jane Koger
  • How Big Does a Prairie Need to Be? - Brian Obermeyer
  • Success and Opportunities for Private Land Conservation - Mike Beam
  • A Future for Flint Hills Barns - Christy Davis
  • Dream Big:  Reviving a Kansas Grain Mill - Cindy Hoedel