The Story of Olathe on Film

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OLATHE, Kan. — Local film director, Greg Sheffer, wanted to tell the story of Olathe.  He wanted to tell  the story of the people, places and events that made up the history of Olathe.

So almost six years ago he went to the Olathe Historical Society with the idea of a film series to tell the story and that is when Olathe – The City Beautiful was born.

One of the first major supporters of the project has been long-time Olathe native Maron Moore. Moore chose to sponsor the film “The Bricklayer” because she was there to witness the actual event in 1925.  Moore then decided to sponsor two more films “A Place Called Home”, the story of the Mahaffie family and “Renaissance Man”, a film recalling the life of amateur radio wizard Marshall Ensor.

The film series is already an award winner.  The three films won regional Mid-America Emmy Awards for director, cinematography and historical documentary.  Maron Moore has recently chosen to sponsor the remaining films in the series.

Volume One of the series is available and can be purchased at the Heritage Center, the Ensor Farm and Museum, the Deaf Cultural Center and the Olathe Historical Society for $10.  Volume Two is in production with topics including Arts and Entertainment in Olathe, J.C. Nichols’ childhood in Olathe and the Kansas School for the Deaf.

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