After a week in Mount Pleasant, Texas producers Chaela Herridge Meyer and Nina Porzucki headed to Treece, Kansas to begin recording stories for The Recollective’s next big project, Treece, Kansas: Ghost Town in the Making.
Treece was a heavy supplier of lead and zinc ore during the World War I and World War II. After the 1970s, ore production declined rapidly along with the population, turning the once thriving city into an environmental ghost town. In 2010 Treece was bought out by the Environmental Protection Agency due to the enormous amount of lead pollution.
While most of the denizens of Treece have since left their homes and relocated to nearby parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri they have still maintained a community via the Treece, Kansas Facebook page. It is amazing to experience this collaborative recollection of a place and to witness the degree which Treecians refuse to let their former home fade from memory.
This project is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.