Archive for Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Auction raises money for Basehor museum

September 11, 2002

A benefit auction Saturday, Aug. 7 raised more than $2,000 for the construction of a Basehor Historical Society Museum and Conference Center.

Although historical society members were hoping for better results, the benefit auction was still successful, said Jerral Cooper, Basehor Historical Society president.

"It wasn't as great as we had hoped for, but we did pretty good considering," Cooper said.

The funds will be used for the museum and conference center, which will cost approximately $2 million, according to preliminary figures. The museum and conference center will be located on 158th Street near the Prairie Gardens housing development. Ray and Anne Breuer donated the land to the organization.

The Historical Society is in the process of finalizing construction details for the facility. The new facility will entail approximately 40,000 square feet.

Funding is currently in the works, historical society members said.

The organization is working with banks to secure loans and also with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing for a $120,000 tourism grant.

Members said the historical society has received preliminary approval from the banks. Whether they receive approval for the grant won't be known until Dec. 1.

Historical Society members said more fund-raisers are being planned.

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