Osage County Historical Society, Inc. & Hawley Genealogical Research Center
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This project records the oral histories of Melven Lake from the prospectives of the people who lived there.
Melvern State Park Staff 1983
Sally (Kuykendall) Wilk, 63, discusses her family's home life near the river, the coming of Melvern Lake, and the roles the lake played in her life.
Glen Tyson (71) shares stories of growing up in Southern Osage County, KS, and the building of Melvern Lake. This interview was done as part of the Osage County Historical Society's "Melvern Lake: Citizens' Stories" project.
Descendants at the Morton House Ruins 2022
Nina (Kuykendall) Flax
Nina Flax, 71, shares her memories of life before, during, and after the opening of Melvern Lake.
"They [the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] didn't ask."
A retired farm wife, 89, discusses her life in the 1950s and 1960s near the river that was dammed for Melvern Lake.
Painting of Woodbury Farmstead
Howard Woodbury (58) shares his family's story of land loss and the coming of Melvern Lake.
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