Paul Henning project
Paul Henning was an Independence native and a pioneer in early television.
In 2015, we rediscovered an unpublished manuscript about Henning's life written in the early 1990s by his wife Ruth.
A copy of the manuscript was mailed to Sue Gentry - a Henning friend and local journalist/historian - where it was later rediscovered among papers Gentry left to the historical society.
The manuscript contained a cover letter to Gentry from Ruth Henning which concluded:
"Thank you for being on my side about this book. I really believe one day it will find a publisher."
And that what has happened.
Working with the Mid Continent Public Library and its Woodneath Press, the manuscript is being published under the title The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy.
JCHS is gathering up additional information about the life, career and impact of Henning and sharing that information about a special website devoted to Henning which we intend to develop and share additional information.
Here's one example:
Henning wanted to be a singer and started his entertainment career at Kansas City radio station KMBZ singing and writing.