Over the past few years, many people have been important in the effort to recreate the story of the Morganville-Fèves connection.
The result would have been much poorer without their help. But the contribution by the following four stood out as being not
just important, but crucial.
Mary Cathy Haney - Cathy Haney was the long-time curator of the Clay County Historical Society
museum. Haney had seen the Morganville play with her parents the evening of the pageant. Over the years, she worked to collect
information and artifacts related to both the pageant and the Morganville-Fèves partnership. In the early 1990s, working with
the Kansas Humanities Council, she created a slide show about the pageant and the sister-city connection. All of these materials
were invaluable to retelling the story accurately.
Gérard Torlotting - As a child, Gérard Torlotting was a recipient of Morganville's gifts and
was present for both the first visit to Fèves by a Morganville native and the thank-you radio program Fèves created
for Morganville in response to the aid. In 2013, he was responsible for generating interest in the reconnection among the
citizens of Fèves and visited Morganville late that year. Torlotting organized the 2014 reception for Freeland and Vaughan in
Fèves and the 2016 reception for the Morganville mayor in Fèves, and led 20 citizens of Fèves on a tour of Morganville in 2015.
Gould Colman - Velma Carson was the driving force behind both the pageant and the
adoption of Fèves by Morganville. Carson's son-in-law Gould Colman's donation of materials from Carson's papers
made it possible to generate an accurate accounting of what transpired. Colman hosted Freeland and Vaughan at his
home in Ithaca, New York while they were researching Carson. He provided important first-hand details about her
personality. His years as the curator for Cornell University probably contributed to his awareness of the value of the
materials in his possession.
Francis Pracht - Putting together the pieces of this story took several years. Without
someone who was always available to address the language barrier and provide insights into local history, gathering the
information would have been far more difficult and the results would be less rich in detail. Beyond these tangible
contributions, while visitors were in France, Pracht was always ready to be a fellow explorer. He and wife Christiane
hosted suppers, pizza parties and late-evening gatherings of locals and visitors where the wine and champagne flowed freely.