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May 16, 2016



College producing 1,000 DVDs of Underground Railroad film for teachers

By Patrice Scott

"Dawn of Day: Stories from the Underground Railroad"

Demand for the College of Education's documentary about the Underground Railroad in Kansas has been so overwhelming that the college is making it available on its website months ahead of schedule. The college also is having 1,000 DVDs produced for educators, while companion lesson plans are in progress. 

"Dawn of Day: Stories from the Underground Railroad," an hourlong feature about the Underground Railroad in Wabaunsee County, premiered earlier this month. It will be uploaded on the college's website at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 18.

Andrew Barkley, K-State professor of agricultural economics, attended the premiere. 

"The audience and I were totally awed with the film's cinematography, content and message," Barkley said. "The true impact of the film, however, goes well beyond history because 'Dawn of Day' inspires all members of the audience to reflect on their own journeys by connecting the courage of those who lived before us to our own actions. Not only is 'Dawn of Day' an accurate and important historical account, but it inspires all who see it to improve ourselves, our community and our world." 

Rusty Earl, College of Education videographer, said there are two ways to watch "Dawn of Day:" one is to access it online; the other is to complete an electronic order form for a DVD. Preference will be given to Kansas teachers for classroom use. Copies will be available to the general public, including libraries, museums and special interest groups. 

Earl said that while "Dawn of Day" was developed for educators, response from the community has proven there's genuine interest in the subject. 

"It turns out 'Dawn of Day' is applicable to all ages, and we hope it will be a great asset for years to come when teaching about the history of Bleeding Kansas and the Underground Railroad," Earl said. "It's heartwarming that the film has connected with so many people, and I thank them for reaching out on social media and for continuing to share it."