Dear Friends,


Just wanted to update all on a few things with Lone Chimney and the Road to Valhalla.


DVD release is behind schedule.  We apologize, but bonus features and closed captioning have put us behind a bit.  Rest assured, we’ll let you know as soon as they arrive and we’ll be mailing them to all the pre-sales asap.


We have several screenings upcoming in January.  December 14, 21 and 28 at the Civil War Museum at Fort Worth, Texas.  January 4 at Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS; January 11 at the Wichita Orpheum, Wichita, KS; January 25-26 at Smith Center, KS. February 15 at the Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, Nebraska.  We’re awaiting word from Augusta, KS; Webb City, Mo; Fort Scott, KS and Wamego, KS among others.  Please keep an eye on our website for a full calendar of events.  Scroll down the homepage to see the full calendar.


The film will be broadcast on television at some point in 2014 as well.  We’ll be keeping you posted.


Also, we have several projects upcoming for 2014 that are in pre-production or production.  They include an introductory film for Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City, Kansas.  A full length documentary for the Home on the Range Cabin, Smith Center, KS.  We’ll always listen to your ideas so if you know of a museum or historical entity that has a film in mind, please let us know.


Lone Chimney Films is a 501c3 not for profit and we're always in need and appreciative of your support in anyway you see fit.


Our board member, Orin Friesen, has released his new book.  “From Goat Glands to Ranch Hands,” by Orin Friesen with Bud Norman.  This is a great historical read about the history of early radio stations in Wichita and in particular the legacy of the famous country station KFDI.  Books will be available at local bookstores and Orin is doing several book signings as well.


We look forward to seeing you all down the road and we hope to see you at a screening soon!



Ken Spurgeon



New Screening Dates

Dear Friends,

Details to come but we're happy (very happy) to announce three upcoming screenings. 

January 4 - Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall 

January 11 - Wichita, KS - The Wichita Orpheum. Doors open at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm.

January 25-26 - Smith Center, KS

More to come. We've talked to Augusta, Fort Scott, Emporia, Wamego and Kansas City. 


DVD release has been slowed down a bit.  We are completing several things including closed captioning for later broadcast.  Our apologies and thanks for your patience.

Look forward to seeing you all down the road!

Ken Spurgeon 



Lone Chimney Films in the News

Related Articles

“A bloody chapter in Kansas history”, July 8, 2011

”Touched by Fire” The Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, May 18, 2010

Bloody Dawn: Area Family Worked on Film to be Shown on PBS,” Great Bend (Kansas) Tribune, June 6, 2009.

Filmmaker to Recreate Quantrill’s Raid in Docudrama,” Lawrence (Kansas) Journal World, July, 7, 2007.

Lawrence Massacre Film to Premeire Saturday in Atwood,” McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette, July 8, 2008.

Valley Falls Woman Brings History to Life in Civil War Film,” Jeff County (Kansas) News, January 3, 2008.

Film Take Look at Effect of Quantrill’s Raid,” Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal, January 6, 2008.

Edge of ‘Dawn’: New Quantrill’s Raid Film Invades Lawrence,”  Lawrence (Kansas) Journal World, January 11, 2008.

Bloody Dawn: The Lawrence Massacre on IMDB

Touched by Fire: Bleeding Kansas on IMDB




Dear Friends,

Welcome to the new Lone Chimney Films website.  Lone Chimney is a 501c3 Not for Profit company that produces historical documentaries.  We are governed by a nine person board.  

Lone Chimney has produced two films.  "Touched by Fire:  Bleeding Kansas" and "Bloody Dawn:  The Lawrence Massacre."  Both films have aired on regional PBS stations and have been seen in over 200 schools across the Midwest.  Several historians and authors have contributed to the commentary and planning of LCF films.

LCF is currently in production on its third film, "The Road to Valhalla" which tells the story of the Civil War on the Kansas-Missouri border.  

The film will premiere in October 2013. 

The Road to Valhalla is written and directed by historian/author Ken Spurgeon.  The film is narrated by veteran character actor Buck Taylor.   Several musical artists, including Michael Martin Murphey are contributing to the musical soundtrack composed by Jed Marum.  

Please keep up with us on this website or our Facebook page.  If you'd like regular updates via email, send us an email at and ask to be added to our list. 

Thanks for helping us keep Kansas history alive and in front of our state and our communities.


Ken Spurgeon

Executive Director

Lone Chimney Films, Inc.