A major project to celebrate the Kansas Dental Association and its 140 year history is nearing completion. 140 Years, 140 Stories, a book that focuses on the unique interests hobbies and locations of 140 different KDA member dentists, is nearing completion and will be published this fall.
KDA Membership Coordinator Jennifer Jones and Greg Hill, KDA Assistant Executive Director, have now photographed nearly 120 different dentists. Each member in the book is photographed in black and white, holding a number from 1 to 140 that corresponds to their page in the book. The KDA formally unveiled more than ninety stories and photographs this past June at the 2012 KDA Annual Meeting.
“The book focuses on what makes Kansas dentists unique,” says Jones. “This might be some special talent they have, a particular interest, or their practice location that is very unique to their location in Kansas.”
More than thirty of the dentists in the book attended the President’s Dinner at the annual meeting and the reception where the photographs were unveiled. During the dinner, a video produced by Hill was shown which highlighted the purpose behind the book and some of the interesting stories of the travels around the state.
“The unveiling of the 140 Years, 140 Stories at the 2012 KDA Annual Meeting was a great opportunity for members to meet other dentists in the project,” says Jones. “This project has brought our members together to know one another and celebrate our organization.”
Since the annual meeting, Hill and Jones have been out photographing the remaining dentists, writing the narratives and are working with the publisher to begin the final page layout for printing.
“We tried the best we could to bring an artistic element to the photographs we have taken,” says Hill. “This meant incorporating elements of their interest or their community into the photograph and sometimes that meant we had to call ahead to make arrangements with the location.”
With each photograph is a narrative about the dentist.
“The stories we wrote tried to emphasize those things that were important to the dentist and to give the appropriate background to the story,” says Hill. “We also tried to write the narratives true to the personality of the dentist and photographs.”
The photographs can be viewed on the KDA’s 140 Years, 140 Stories Facebook page www.facebook.com/140years140stories. As the remainder of the photographs are taken, they will be added to the Facebook page. Upon completion, the photographs will be incorporated into a book and will be distributed to all KDA members.
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— Kansas Dental Assoc. (@ksdental) September 27, 2012