Banner day planned
Local student’s work to be unveiled; TCHS ready to celebrate sesquicentennial
A vivid reminder that Kansas is celebrating its 150th year of statehood soon will be displayed at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site.
KaCee Fischer, a 2010 Tonganoxie High School graduate, is in the process of providing that reminder.
Fischer is creating a banner for the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society that celebrates Kansas’ sesquicentennial, made of duct canvas measuring about 10 feet by 16 feet. It will be placed on the north side of the Knox-Fairchild Dairy Barn on the historic site grounds to remind passers-by of the Kansas sesquicentennial.
The banner’s design includes a sunflower “rising” between two hills like a sunrise.
As of Monday evening, she had used 64 fluid ounces of acrylic paint on the project.
Fischer, who is majoring in graphic design at Kansas City Kansas Community College, said the banner is coming along well.
“I look at it as a community project,” she said. “I feel like this is what I’m doing for my community.”
The banner will be dedicated during a ceremony celebrating Kansas Day that begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site.
In anticipation of Kansas’ sesquicentennial celebration, the Kansas Barn Alliance is encouraging that a mural be painted on a barn in each Kansas county.
Susan Ross with the historical society said a mural wasn’t an option for the local barn because it’s a historic artifact. Instead, the banner will be displayed.
Several activities are planned for the historic site’s celebration Saturday:
• Mayor Jason Ward will give remarks.
• Laurie Walters will present Fischer with a certificate of appreciation and will dedicate the banner.
• Jenny Alden will speak on the history of Kansas.
• Kathy Peak will portray Mollie Myers, longtime owner and operator of the Myers Hotel in Tonganoxie.
• Bob Topping will speak about the Kansas Sampler Festival, which returns in May to Leavenworth.
• Dolores Finch will play the piano as “Happy Birthday” and “Home on the Range” are sung.
Historical society board chairman Jim Stuke will be master of ceremonies for the event. And, displays have been constructed for the ceremony honoring famous Kansans, state symbols, interesting destinations to visit and a few facts about Kansas.
Refreshments will be served after the program, and the historic site museum will be open Saturday for the festivities.
“150 years is a pretty big deal,” Ross said about the statehood anniversary. “This is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The historical society also is providing 11 programs through the course of the year that celebrate the sesquicentennial, thanks to funding through the inaugural Pete and Margaret Leighty Trust grant.
Though Ross mentioned the rarity of the sesquicentennial, she said the historical society would be gearing up for another sesquicentennial: Tonganoxie’s 150th celebration in 2016.
Linwood also celebrating
The Linwood Community Library will celebrate the sesquicentennial starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the library, 19649 Linwood Rd.
Refreshments will be served, and a special speaker, Arlene Pritchard, will present a look back in time to the early days of the Linwood area. Participants will become familiar with the library's local and state history collection, and they will have the opportunity to take home books with a Kansas setting.
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