We are so lucky to be living in Lansing and have such great neighbors as Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth. When military personnel retire and settle in our communities, they become a part of us who have lived here forever. And what a great contribution they have made to our growing city. They are mayors, city councilmen and city administrators and personnel, school board members, church friends, and the list goes on and on.
On Sunday, Feb. 27, we witnessed a wonderful video premier called, “Their Stories” at the Lansing District Auditorium. The Lansing High School Swing Choir gave a wonderful performance and after that we witnessed the viewing of the video on the big screen. I was so honored to be a part of this, along with Marguerite Strange representing Leavenworth, and Jack Walker who represented Fort Leavenworth as well as the whole community. Marguerite was interviewed just a few weeks before her death. Her family was here to represent her.
This event was sponsored by the 2011 Leadership Class of Leavenworth County. There are 15 local talented people in this class and each year they do something special for the community. This year’s project was interviewing, putting pictures together and making a wonderful video about the history of Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth from the viewpoint of three longtime residents. This is where the talent comes in. It was so professionally done and the large audience was so impressed with the whole presentation.
The Leadership Class was started a number of years ago to increase the students knowledge of our area and history is a great part of that. They take field trips and talk to people in the county. Even though most of them already have the “leader” skills needed, this just gives a great boost to the students and makes them so aware of their surroundings.
Everybody has a story. This video is just a start of saving history for our future generations. Thanks to all the hard work and time it took to put this together. There are videos for sale at the Chamber of Commerce Office on Shawnee Street in Leavenworth and the proceeds will go to Hospice of Leavenworth and Leavenworth Historical Museum Association. The price is only $5 and well worth it.