Highland Community College

Yost Art Gallery

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Current Yost Exhibit:

March 3 - April 16, 2015

"Klinefelter Farm"

John and Gloria Klinefelter, children of John S. and Elizabeth Klinefelter, grew up on this farm and by their later years, it had been farmed by three generations of their family for over 100 years.  Thus, it became known as the Klinefelter Century Farm.

Neither John nor Gloria had children, and they both became very generous benefactors, not only to Highland Community College, but to many other charities and individuals.  John left 640 acres to the college, 160 acres in Doniphan Co. which could be sold for the college’s benefit, and 480 acres in Brown Co. to be “operated as a regular commercial farm for the education and training of those individuals seeking a vocation in farming.  A portion thereof may be devoted to experimental or other farm purposes.”

John always wanted to do something special with his farm but didn’t really know how to go about that.  Today Wendell Ganstrom, Klinefelter Farm Projects Manager, and his assistant, Lindsey Koch, are continually maintaining and improving the farm’s many features in order to provide numerous educational and cultural opportunities, not only for HCC students but also for all of the surrounding community of Northeast Kansas.

Gloria Klinefelter Plamann in her will left the college $200,000 to restore the family barn.  Starting in 2010 the HCC barn restoration committee began visualizing how the Klinefelter Barn could be renovated and turned into a conference center.  After a year of planning and meeting with architects, bids were let and by August of 2012 the barn was finished.  All of the renovation costs were paid by Gloria’s gift and from farm income. Since then it has been the location for many events and functions the college feels will honor the intentions of the Klinefelter will. 

This display in the Yost Gallery is an attempt to document “The Klinefelter Farm, Then and Now.”

Special thanks to the following groups or persons who kindly gave or loaned Klinefelter pictures or memorabilia for this show:

Brown County Historical Society, Eric Oldham, Director

Brown County Genealogical Society

Gus’s Restaurant, Ryan Ramey

Ellen Rogers

Hillis Bowen

John Gernon

Lenita Lindholm