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Wabaunsee Outlook: Transient Camp #5 Newsletter, April 21, 1935

The Kansas Emergency Relief Committee operated four transient camps in Kansas between 1933 and 1935, all of which were lake construction projects.  The Lake Wabaunsee camp was constructed in December of 1933, and by the spring of 1934 there were hundreds of men working at the camp.

KERC barracks number 8 c1934 copy

Workers at the KERC Transient Camp #5 relax in front of barracks No. 8 at the Lake Wabaunsee site in this Harold Wolfe view from 1934. Notice that the barracks buildings had yet to be painted.

During the early days of the lake construction in 1934 and 1935, while the camp was under the management of the KERC, there was a camp newspaper which was written, edited, and distributed by the camp workers.  The newsletter was named the “Wabaunsee Outlook”.

Recently, a Kansas author and researcher, Amy Heaven discovered two editions of the Wabaunsee Outlook while researching a book which she is authoring about another KERC project, Gardner Lake in Johnson County, Kansas.  Ms. Heaven scanned the two newsletters, both in the holdings of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, and she has made them available to the Flint Hills Special. Readers can scroll though Volume II, No. VI, published on April 21, 1935, seen below.

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The Wabaunsee Outlook appears courtesy the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Lawrence Kansas.

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