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The Founding Mothers included, front, from left, Jean Grimes, Judy Grage, Faye Ellis, Flo Hedeen and Karrie Kapsner, back, JoAnn Benjamin, Jo Mattson, Kathy Grell, Denise Deitchler, Sharon Dailey, Catherine Wolter and Lorelei Kraft. (Submitted photo)

Documentary depicts creation of Village of the Smoky Hills

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A quarter century ago, a village emerged in the Smoky Hills with an engaging array of handcrafted art, hands-on activities and music.


The grassroots initiative was spurred by an abysmal economy. In the early '80s, the area's unemployment rate soared to nearly 20 percent, come autumn.

And founder Lorelei Kraft had ascertained through her candle-making business a "pent-up demand by tourists to see crafts being made."

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