Pioneer Bluffs

Pioneer Bluffs Pioneer Bluffs, nonprofit prairie education center, wedding and event venue, historic ranch headquarters. Home of Flint Hills ranching heritage - exhibits, self-guided tour, music concerts, history programs, heritage stories.
The excitement of preserving and restoring Pioneer Bluffs as a center for prairie heritage education began in 2006 when a small group puchased property at the Rogler Ranch auction and subsequently established Pioneer Bluffs Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Guided by core values of respecting the land, celebrating history, and strengthening community, Pioneer Bluffs addresses the environmental and social challenges of the future through experiential education. We invite you to join us in building this place where rich history ignites the imagination with possibility for the future, a place with boundless skies and strong roots. First Saturday: Coffee, talk, restoration Join the group of volunteers working to restore Pioneer Bluffs on the first Saturday of every month. Like an old barn-raising, we get much accomplished as we work together. 8:30 a.m. Coffee in the Barn: Chat about what’s happening at Pioneer Bluffs and in our community. 9:00 a.m. Workday: Gardening, scraping paint, painting, tree trimming, something new every time. Ends at noon. Lunch provided. Contact [email protected] for information on what we’re working on this month.
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07/13/2020

Be a volunteer - from anywhere!
As we adjust to the “new normal,” we are evolving so we can continue sharing our important mission of heritage preservation.

While we have suspended in-person events, we have launched an exciting new self-guided tour. Pioneer Bluffs is now open during daylight hours for visitors to experience the tour, hike along the creek, have a picnic, and generally enjoy this place we all love – at a safe, physical distance.

Our faithful volunteers are more important than ever! There will always be work/maintenance needed to preserve our historic site, but your safety is our top priority. We have adapted volunteer opportunities. Would you look over this list to see what you may like to do?

• Volunteer workdays continue, cautiously. As volunteers arrive, there is a brief health screening. We maintain a physical distance from one another. Beverages, snacks, and lunch are served individually, non-contact. Check out the workday schedule below.
• Self-directed activities: Come out any time to work in the gardens (check with me on areas needed), pick up limbs, do trim work (especially along the stone fence). I can arrange a key exchange if you want to clean inside buildings – sweeping, dusting. Do you have a project idea?
• Visit on the days I am at PB, almost always on Wednesdays and usually at least one other day. The same work as listed on the self-directed activities, but I get to visit with you a bit from 6’ away.
• A work-at-home project: transcribing historic letters that have been scanned. This is very challenging. The old handwriting is difficult to read, and if the letters were typed, there is bleed-through.
• Another work-at-home project: check out our self-guided tour and give feedback on the content. You will find it at tour.pioneerbluffs.org. Would you like to research details that could be added – particularly on ranch work and other ranches?
• Serve on a committee, help plan for the future. Committees that need help are Volunteer, Events and Education, and Marketing.

Contact me with questions, ideas, suggestions! I would love to hear from you. Lynn Smith, executive director, [email protected]

Upcoming Volunteer Workdays begin at 8:30 a.m. on: July 25, August 22, September 12, October 31, November 14, December 5.

Beautiful pictures, a beautiful couple. So proud to have Katie and Chase begin their new life together at Pioneer Bluffs...
07/12/2020

Beautiful pictures, a beautiful couple. So proud to have Katie and Chase begin their new life together at Pioneer Bluffs!

Yesterday, may have been a bit hot okay maybe really hot 😂 but we all made it and all I can say was it was so worth it. Between this sweet couple, their family and friends, there was so much love in the air it made my heart so full. I am beyond thankful for Katie and Chase allowing me to capture their day. These two are so sweet and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for them. 💕
Katie Holthaus

07/04/2020
America the Beautiful at Pioneer Bluffs

Last Saturday, nearly 100 visitors experienced patriotic music by the Butler County Brass on the lawn of our historic site. It was a heartwarming reminder of another era - when community gathered in the shade to celebrate our freedom.
On this Independence Day, we invite you to enjoy America the Beautiful by the Butler County Brass at Pioneer Bluffs.

We had a great team of volunteers working Saturday morning. They weeded, swept, tidied, set up for the afternoon, and cl...
06/28/2020

We had a great team of volunteers working Saturday morning. They weeded, swept, tidied, set up for the afternoon, and cleaned to a sparkle. Several afternoon visitors commented on how beautiful the property looked. We got so busy we only snapped a couple of pics of volunteers at work. Seen here are Tom and Bridgette Brill and Maynard Peterson

Yesterday's music by the Butler County Brass was beautiful! The air was filled with feelings of patriotism and community...
06/28/2020

Yesterday's music by the Butler County Brass was beautiful! The air was filled with feelings of patriotism and community spirit. Photo by Ken Grochowsky

When you come to tomorrow's performance of Patriotic music by Butler County Brass at Pioneer Bluffs, plan to come early ...
06/26/2020
Pioneer Bluffs gives voice to history

When you come to tomorrow's performance of Patriotic music by Butler County Brass at Pioneer Bluffs, plan to come early or stay late to experience our new self-guided tour!

Sprinkled throughout Pioneer Bluffs, visitors will now find extra gems of information about the land and structures upon which they gaze and touch.

Read about our new self-guided tour in the Emporia Gazette!
06/24/2020
Pioneer Bluffs gives voice to history

Read about our new self-guided tour in the Emporia Gazette!

Sprinkled throughout Pioneer Bluffs, visitors will now find extra gems of information about the land and structures upon which they gaze and touch.

Good news from our Flint Hills neighbors up the road. Follow Chase County “Old School Friends” Development District Grou...
06/22/2020

Good news from our Flint Hills neighbors up the road. Follow Chase County “Old School Friends” Development District Group to keep up with all that's happening to preserve history!

WE HAVE LOTS OF GOOD NEWS! FIRST, your donations to turn the historic school into a community center have been great. Please keep the momentum going so we'll be able to meet our necessary initial goal of $20,000 by July 1. SECOND, we received official notice that your donations are deductible at both the state and federal level. THIRD, your original art thank you note (thanks to artist Alison Johnson for your beautiful rendition of the school) will include a receipt for your taxes. FOURTH, because of the CARES act, recently passed by Congress in response to COVID, you may be allowed to deduct a donation up to $300 ($600 if married filing jointly) even if you take the standard deduction. Details can be found at: https://www.501c3.org/the-cares-act-increases-donation-tax-deductibility/?blm_aid=21325.
Donations to Citizens State Bank in Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 (made to CCOSDD) or through Pay Pal to [email protected] are greatly appreciated.

We are rearranging in the home at Pioneer Bluffs. Available - a very impressive desk with bookcase/credenza that sits on...
06/19/2020

We are rearranging in the home at Pioneer Bluffs. Available - a very impressive desk with bookcase/credenza that sits on top. Make an offer on this beautiful set. You haul. Cross posted

Connect with nature and heritage in the Flint Hills. Explore the self-guided tour at Pioneer Bluffs, a historic Flint Hi...
06/15/2020

Connect with nature and heritage in the Flint Hills.

Explore the self-guided tour at Pioneer Bluffs, a historic Flint Hills ranch near Matfield Green.
Using a smartphone on QR codes placed around the property, the tour offers history, background stories, and a bit of education about this and other ranches, and the generations of ranchers who shaped the Flint Hills.

The twelve-acre grounds at Pioneer Bluffs are open seven days a week during daylight hours. There is no cost to visit. You are invited to bring a picnic, hike along Crocker Creek, and discover the native plants and wildlife.
We welcome you to this quiet place of refuge in the Flint Hills, with plenty of space to maintain a physical distance from other visitors.
The self-guided tour made possible by the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund.

Pioneer Bluffs
06/09/2020

Pioneer Bluffs

Pioneer Bluffs
06/09/2020

Pioneer Bluffs

Pioneer Bluffs
06/09/2020

Pioneer Bluffs

One of our earliest plantings, this lilac came from Pam Byer around 10 years ago.
06/09/2020

One of our earliest plantings, this lilac came from Pam Byer around 10 years ago.

We have the most amazing volunteers! At our first Volunteer Workday since the pandemic began, the team got right to work...
06/07/2020

We have the most amazing volunteers! At our first Volunteer Workday since the pandemic began, the team got right to work. We cleaned up the barn, washed chairs, tended the grounds and gardens, cleaned the restrooms, inventoried archives, made repairs, and so much more! All on the hottest day so far this year. Thanks for your hard work, Anna Bassford-Woods, Floyd Beck, Mary Cleveland, Sherry & Roger Ferguson, Sophia Glanville, Mindy Graham, Ken Grochowsky, Mary Harwood, Peg Nolan, Dorothy & Maynard Peterson, and John Wilson.
Have you considered joining this team who have fun while making a difference? Our next Volunteer Workday will be Saturday, June 27. Contact [email protected] for details.
Most of these photos are by Ken Grochowsky - our official picture-taker of the day!

We have the most amazing volunteers! At our first Volunteer Workday since the pandemic began, the team got right to work. We cleaned up the barn, washed chairs, tended the grounds and gardens, cleaned the restrooms, inventoried archives, made repairs, and so much more! All on the hottest day so far this year. Thanks for your hard work, Anna Bassford-Woods, Floyd Beck, Mary Cleveland, Sherry & Roger Ferguson, Sophia Glanville, Mindy Graham, Ken Grochowsky, Mary Harwood, Peg Nolan, Dorothy & Maynard Peterson, and John Wilson.
Have you considered joining this team who have fun while making a difference? Our next Volunteer Workday will be Saturday, June 27. Contact [email protected] for details.
Most of these photos are by Ken Grochowsky - our official picture-taker of the day!

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06/05/2020
Office desk with bookcase, tables

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Impressive desk with bookcase that sits on top. Have added a couple of side tables that didn't come with the desk, but match the general des...

Floyd Beck replaced the window on our log cabin. Thank you, Floyd! We have the best volunteers at Pioneer Bluffs.
06/01/2020

Floyd Beck replaced the window on our log cabin. Thank you, Floyd! We have the best volunteers at Pioneer Bluffs.

Services Unlimited has taken good care of Pioneer Bluffs for the past 12 years. We appreciate, and salute you!
05/29/2020

Services Unlimited has taken good care of Pioneer Bluffs for the past 12 years. We appreciate, and salute you!

Big shoutout to the entire staff at Services Unlimited. Everyone of the people in this picture continued to work during the current epidemic, while adhering to the guidelines provided by the CDC. I applaud them and thank each and every one of them for their bravery and their efforts. Service has always been very pertinent to the success of our company, and this was no exception!

05/28/2020
Margie Roberts - Trick Rider

Though Flint Hills Rodeo isn't being held this year, help celebrate the Roberts rodeo family tradition with new song & video by Annie Wilson and the Tallgrass Express String Band - new CD and link to special Marge page at http://tallgrassexpress.com/CD5MainPage.html. Annie learned about Margie at our Pioneer Bluffs Ranching Heritage talk last year - and was inspired to write this song! Enjoy more videos on Tallgrass channel at: Tallgrass Express String Band.

Song "Margie Roberts - Trick Rider" - Story & photos of famed trick rider from the Kansas Flint Hills. © Lyrics & music by Annie Wilson, performed by Tallgra...

Tracey Graham came by to tend to the flower garden. She created this garden by the house just two years ago - and it has...
05/28/2020

Tracey Graham came by to tend to the flower garden. She created this garden by the house just two years ago - and it has flourished! We have the very best volunteers Pioneer Bluffs!
You are invited to meet our volunteer team on June 6, when we will have A cautious Volunteer Workday.

Though the Flint Hills Rodeo isn't being held this year, you can celebrate the Roberts rodeo family tradition with new s...
05/28/2020

Though the Flint Hills Rodeo isn't being held this year, you can celebrate the Roberts rodeo family tradition with new song & video by Annie Wilson and the Tallgrass Express String Band - new CD and link to special Marge page at http://tallgrassexpress.com/CD5MainPage.html. Annie learned about Margie at a Pioneer Bluffs Ranching Heritage talk last year - and was inspired to write this song!
Enjoy more videos on YouTube channel at: Tallgrass Express String Band.

05/27/2020

Dave Leiker has been setting up the virtual trail ride in our children's area. Imagine being a child, sitting on this "horse," and watching video that was filmed while riding a horse. What an amazing experience!
Thanks go to the Kaltenbacher Fund of Chase County for making this children's area possible.

“Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills” is co-authored by Patrick Henry Sauble, and Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, K-State associate...
05/22/2020

“Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills” is co-authored by Patrick Henry Sauble, and Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, K-State associate professor of history and Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

The book, "Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills," has been flying out the door! Pat Sauble ranched his whole life on the oldest continually operated family ranch in Kansas. Pat always had a good story to tell - stories of raising families, cattle, crops, and chickens (60,000 laying hens at one time), and an enduring legacy of conservation and community commitment.

More than 150 books have been sold so far, and we are down to the last 50. Don't miss a chance to get your copy - $30 includes shipping to you. Order online now at https://pioneerbluffs.org/pat-sauble-book/

Shortly before Pat Sauble passed last year, Mark Feiden recorded him telling a couple of stories in a Humanities Kansas ...
05/22/2020

Shortly before Pat Sauble passed last year, Mark Feiden recorded him telling a couple of stories in a Humanities Kansas project. See Pat's interview here: http://www.redmonscow.org/pat_sauble.htm

You will want to see all the fascinating ranch stories Mark captured in his Emil Redmon's Cow project at http://www.redmonscow.org/. Mark is working to preserve these important stories before its too late.

The book, "Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills," has been flying out the door! Pat Sauble ranched his whole life on the oldest continually operated family ranch in Kansas. Pat always had a good story to tell - stories of raising families, cattle, crops, and chickens (60,000 laying hens at one time), and an enduring legacy of conservation and community commitment.

More than 150 books have been sold so far, and we are down to the last 50. Don't miss a chance to get your copy - $30 includes shipping to you. Order online now at https://pioneerbluffs.org/pat-sauble-book/

The book, "Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills," has been flying out the door! Pat Sauble ranched his whole life on the...
05/22/2020

The book, "Sauble: Stories from the Flint Hills," has been flying out the door! Pat Sauble ranched his whole life on the oldest continually operated family ranch in Kansas. Pat always had a good story to tell - stories of raising families, cattle, crops, and chickens (60,000 laying hens at one time), and an enduring legacy of conservation and community commitment.

More than 150 books have been sold so far, and we are down to the last 50. Don't miss a chance to get your copy - $30 includes shipping to you. Order online now at https://pioneerbluffs.org/pat-sauble-book/

Our Board president is in the Emporia Arts Council Artist Spotlight! Meet artist, techie, and visionary Dave Leiker.
05/21/2020

Our Board president is in the Emporia Arts Council Artist Spotlight! Meet artist, techie, and visionary Dave Leiker.

Happy Friday-Eve!
Another wonderful day to celebrate the Emporia Camera Club Annual Exhibition: Online Artists Reception!!
📸Today's Artist Spotlight: Dave Leiker

"Dave Leiker is an eclectic photographer living in Emporia. Now retired, he worked as a web and electronic media engineer for Emporia Public Schools.

His exposure to photography started early in life. He still has photographs he took with the family Brownie Hawkeye sixty years ago. In those early days he also learned to develop film and print his images in a family darkroom his older brothers created in an upstairs bathroom closet. These experiences had an enduring influence on his life.

That fascination with snapshot photography and a wander-the-backroads approach to exploration remain a central force behind his art. The cameras and, he hopes, his technique are more refined now. The wet darkroom has given way to digital cameras and computers. But, behind it all, he tries to keep alive a child-like curiosity with the world around him."

Photo 1: Dave Leiker
Photo 2: Sunrise Bottle Feeding
Photo 3: Wild Mustangs: Head Press
Photo 4: Lab Glass and Magnolias

A couple of our volunteers, Sherry and Roger Ferguson, recently spent a day working on the gardens at Pioneer Bluffs.She...
05/18/2020

A couple of our volunteers, Sherry and Roger Ferguson, recently spent a day working on the gardens at Pioneer Bluffs.

Sherry says:
The iris have been so beautiful this year! I took a picture of one that some volunteer planted years ago so I could enjoy it today.

We ended the day enjoying the creek area. I want to share a couple of really neat experiences with you. I wouldn’t call us bird experts but we do pay a little attention and have taken part in the Audubon Winter Bird count for over 35 years. Today we saw a wonderful bird that we have never seen in Kansas, a Western Tanager. It was absolutely beautiful in the tree top canopy along Crocker Creek. It just sat there and let us both get a great look. Then in the creek which mostly has darters, sunfish and crawdads, there was a 2' long Spotted Gar (a huge fish for the creek). Just lying in the clear water catching a minnow every now and then.

A couple of our volunteers, Sherry and Roger Ferguson, recently spent a day working on the gardens at Pioneer Bluffs.

Sherry says:
The iris have been so beautiful this year! I took a picture of one that some volunteer planted years ago so I could enjoy it today.

We ended the day enjoying the creek area. I want to share a couple of really neat experiences with you. I wouldn’t call us bird experts but we do pay a little attention and have taken part in the Audubon Winter Bird count for over 35 years. Today we saw a wonderful bird that we have never seen in Kansas, a Western Tanager. It was absolutely beautiful in the tree top canopy along Crocker Creek. It just sat there and let us both get a great look. Then in the creek which mostly has darters, sunfish and crawdads, there was a 2' long Spotted Gar (a huge fish for the creek). Just lying in the clear water catching a minnow every now and then.

More wisdom from the Greenwood County Cattlewomen.
05/18/2020

More wisdom from the Greenwood County Cattlewomen.

The Basics of Buying Beef - Part One

May is Beef Month! This week we are going to talk about the basics of buying beef!

Where do you buy your beef? Local rancher? Favorite butcher shop? Small town grocery store or big box retailer?

WHICHEVER is your preference to purchase beef - THANK YOU!! Thank you for supporting my family and others just like us in the beef industry.

Safe, nutritious and delicious meat can be found from all of these sources. Regulations are strictly enforced during all parts of the products chain - from the way it is raised, how the product is processed and handled.

Each option listed above offers you, the consumer, an opportunity to purchase beef to fit your preferences.

Local ranchers can offer you options to purchase bundles of different meat cuts or beef in bulk. Feed your whole family by purchasing a quarter, side or whole beef that you can store to be enjoyed throughout the year. You can visit with the rancher or butcher shop and choose the different cuts you’d like, as well as specifics like the lean/fat ratio of your hamburger, or the thickness of your steaks.

But don’t sell the grocery stores short. This is also a great place to buy beef. Purchase beef as you need it, in smaller portions. Look at the different selections available in hamburger, steaks and roast and choose specifically the price, quality, marbling and fat content you want to feed your family. Many ranchers raise hundreds of head of cattle and selling the product to be sold in grocery stores, restaurants, and other places is an important part of the business.

As a consumer, be confident that the beef you are purchasing for your family is the right choice regardless of who you buy it from. #eatbeef #consumer #grocerystore #localfood #feedyourfamily #kansasbeef #mayisbeefmonth #beefitswhatsfordinner

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Matfield Green, KS
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This is great!
How fun! Are you one of these girls, Susan Troop? Do you remember this day?
Day of the Cowboy 2019
Day of the Cowboy 2019. Walking the grounds we found a bike ramp.
Wonderful afternoon at The Day of The Cowboy 2019
I wish I could have been there, but I was out of town. Did anyone record Richard Porter's talk?
Ken and Paula Roper, Michael and Glenda Douglass Richey are having a great time with new and old friends!
Thank you for making our daughter's wedding so special. The setting is beautiful and the staff so easy to work with. We highly recommend Pioneer Bluff's!
Can anyone post a picture of the Rogler family cattle brand? My brother and I are the great niece and nephew of Wayne Rogler (Irene Rogler was our grandmother) and hoping to secure a bit of history. Thank you.
Thank you to Lynn, Denise, Kay and all those who helped make the Prairie Talk, the Pat Lark art reception, and the big event, Jazz in the Barn on Saturday. We had a blast! The food was wonderful and everything was well planned. It was great to see people drive from El Dorado, Prairie Village, Cedar Point, and other places to see this historic place, and learn from the programs and events. Can't wait until Oct 7th. Thanks again!🤗
Thinking of old friends and fun at Pioneer Bluffs. Barb Armstrong is a fine hostess and no slouch at cookie baking either. On this occasion Pioneer Bluffs was hosting William Least Heat Moon, author of Prairyerth and film maker John O'Hara