Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2003

Museum still a go, Historical Society says

October 9, 2003


Members of the Basehor Historical Society said they have no intentions of discarding plans to build a three-wing museum and conference center on 158th Street.

"Our goal is to continue with plans for the three-wing museum," Historical Society member Carla Crawford said. "We're just downscaling the project of the small building."

The building Crawford refers to is a building slated largely for administrative uses; Historical Society members said plans are under way for construction of the smaller building.

The cost for the museum and conference center is approximately $1.9 million and for the administrative building, approximately $100,000.

Renting the conference center will help pay for the cost of the museum, Historical Society members said.

Funding for the project has been slow at times; grants are limited and donations haven't come close to reaching construction costs. The Historical Society will be eligible for more grants when the administrative building is completed, members said.

Although funding has been slowed and even stalled at times, the Historical Society isn't forgoing the project. On the contrary, members are digging even deeper, working even harder, to find ways to fund the project.

It's important the city have a link to its heritage, members said.

"We want to preserve Basehor history as much as possible," Crawford said. "It's important."

Filling the new museum with artifacts shouldn't be a problem, Crawford said. The Historical Society has already received numerous items for display and counts on more coming in as the museum comes closer to a reality. The most recent addition is a wedding dress dating back to 1912.

"We have enough for a very well organized display of historical artifacts," Crawford said. "A lot of people who want to donate are holding on to items until the museum is built."

No matter how slow the project is perceived to be proceeding, Historical Society members have every intention of finishing the project they started several years ago.

"The project is on hold but it's everyone's goal to complete it," Crawford said.

In addition to searching for grants, the Historical Society is still accepting donations for the museum and conference center. Anyone interested in donating may contact the Historical Society at (913) 724-4022.

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