Archive for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Opening Day

Historic site shows new exhibits Sunday

Lori Walters, McLouth, demonstrates using a permanent wave machine on Carol Slawson at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The exhibit features items from the Almeda Beauty Shop, which operated in the 1940s and 1950s.

Lori Walters, McLouth, demonstrates using a permanent wave machine on Carol Slawson at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The exhibit features items from the Almeda Beauty Shop, which operated in the 1940s and 1950s.

April 8, 2009

Susy Ross of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society answers questions about the historic site.

Q: Was Sunday’s opening day the first at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site?

A: Yes, for 2009. On the first Sunday of every April we hold an open house to begin our summer hours.

Q: How many people attended the event?

A: 50.

Q: Are there new exhibits that people can view at the campus?

A: Yes, the Almeda Beauty Shop exhibit features many original items used by Almeda Tinberg when she owned and operated her beauty shop in Tonganoxie. Coming soon will be an exhibit depicting a geological study of our area by Fred Leimkuhler and an exhibit featuring the original printing stone from The Mirror when William Heynen was editor.

Q: Can you talk about the fire truck restoration and, when completed, where it will be displayed?

A: Plans are being made for the 1936 fire truck’s debut this summer. Its total restoration is complete. It will be on display in the fire house at the TCHS site.

Q: If anyone missed the opening day festivities, when can they visit the museum, and are there any other special events coming up?

A: We are open from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday mornings and from 1- 4 p.m. every Sunday (April-October).

Upcoming events:

• 7 p.m. April 28, TCHS meeting, guest speaker: Jan English, chief of the Wyandotte Nation.

• 7 p.m. May 26, TCHS meeting, guest speaker; Anna Smith, about Deborah Sampson, the only known Revolutionary War soldier who was a woman.

• June 13, Tonganoxie Days quilt shows.

• June 27, annual picnic.

• 7 p.m. July 28, Rip Chords Barbershop Quartet.

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