Girls on swingset in Treece
What's New on the KHC Blog 
donate button

Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter


The National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Kansas help fund Kansas Humanities Council grants and programs. Please thank your legislators and members of Congress for their support. KHC also relies on donations from people like you.  Please thank the Friends of the Humanities who support KHC. 
Welcome to Treece. Population: Zero

How do you maintain your sense of community when your town no longer exists?

That's the question confronting former residents of Treece in southeast Kansas. After the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town a Superfund site, most residents accepted a government buyout and left the town for good. As Rex Buchanan, of the Kansas Geological Survey, told The New York Times in 2012: "The only thing polluted in Treece is the earth, air, and water."

Treece's rise and fall from a booming lead and zinc mining town to a Superfund site is explored in the new radio documentary, "Treece, Kansas: Ghost Town in the Making" airing on KPR Presents on Kansas Public Radio, Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 PM. The documentary is produced by The Recollective, a multimedia storytelling collaborative, in partnership with Pittsburg State University. The project was supported by a KHC Humanities grant.
The radio documentary will also be incorporated into Formerly Known as Treece, an exhibition on display through June 30 at the State Archives gallery at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.

Banner image: Miranda and Olivia, Treece, 2010 by Dina Kantor. See more of Dina Kantor's photos from Treece in The New Yorker.
Humanities grants for radio documentary projects exploring humanities topics are available. For more information, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants.