Kansas Historical Journey
To “Healing Water”

Biography / Memoir / History

Embark on a journey through the generations in The Gatekeepers of Sycamore Springs, where history and healing waters converge. The legacy and evolution of a public resort is revealed through the personal and family stories and historical research of the author.

Historical research is at the center of Bonnie Dornes Hanni’s life. In addition to “The Gatekeepers of Sycamore Springs” Bonnie has also written and illustrated a children’s book, “Where is Bob?”, a story relating our currency to historical places in the United States. She has several other books in the making. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is presently the House Director for Tri Delta Sorority at the University of Kansas.

The Gatekeepers of Sycamore Springs, Kansas Historical Journey to Healing Water explores the lives and legacy of the owners of the public historical resort and how each generation made improvements for the times while preserving the nature of the crystal clear spring water.
This is a book about Sycamore Springs and “the healing waters.” The author presents a progression of documented events—a collection of observations along the historical journey—that lead us to the sycamore land and bring us to the present day. A journey worth taking.
History gives us perspective, but the future is still untold. People, places, and time determine the past. Our ancestors set the course. What and where and how they lived brings every one of us to the present.
Alice Gray had a story too. It has made an impact on many lives. Her history provided her a perspective of exploration and determination to understand the healing waters. Her story remains the beginning of the author’s story.
This well worn path is part of Hanni’s history. Her family is associated with Sycamore Springs in a very small way. They owned and lived at this historical resort from 1949 – 1966. They called it home and added to the history of Sycamore Springs. Each person who came to Sycamore Springs contributed to this story; including you. You, the reader, are a vital part of this history.
The Gatekeepers of Sycamore Springs is not only a history book but adds a human perspective through the author’s eyes of how they lived at this place. A personal story of Sycamore Springs told with humor and joy.

Alice Gray

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