The Kansas Oral History Project is dedicated to preserving and providing access to the voices of Kansans in all walks of life including those in public policy-making.
The Kansas Oral History Project, Inc. (KOHP) is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is collecting, transcribing, and making available to researchers and the public, oral histories of various aspects of life in Kansas, particularly public policy-making. KOHP’s work is supported by grants and donations. KOHP does not charge for use of any of the oral histories it collects. Funding for transcribing many of the interviews was provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization connecting communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.
KOHP is uniquely qualified to conduct these interviews. Its Board of Directors includes former elected officials, educators and historians, community leaders and volunteers. Board members are actively involved in various KOHP efforts. A variety of volunteers with background in Kansas policy-making have been trained in oral history collection techniques and have conducted interviews for the KOHP.
The Kansas Oral History Project, Inc. began this work in 2015 and was incorporated in 2016. A systematic framework for collecting legislative oral histories was developed and documented using the best practices of oral history. Those practices include professionally transcribing the interviews, and placing transcripts and recordings in a repository where they are available to the public, such as the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Historical Society, and this website.
Looking to the future, the KOHP plans to use its oral history recordings to produce civic education materials for schools and the general public. Kansas Oral History Project’s interviews represent a wealth of information for understanding leadership, public policy and the process of law-making.
Board of Directors
Ramon Powers, President
Joan Wagnon, Vice-President
Mary Torrance, Secretary
Mary Galligan, Treasurer
Jack Alexander, Topeka KS
Duane Goossen, Topeka KS
David Heinemann, Topeka KS
Jim Hoy, Emporia KS
Kathleen M. Holt, Cimarron KS
Jim Maag (Founding President), Topeka KS
Barbara Morris, Hugoton KS
Gary Sherrer, Leawood KS
Matt Veatch, Topeka KS
Jack Wempe, Lyons KS
Kansas Oral History Project, Inc. gratefully acknowledges the support of Humanities Kansas, the Kansas Historical Society, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University, Evergy, and and a significant number of individual donors who support this work.