Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Museum sneak peek set

Historical Society to put away tools during open house

October 18, 2007

Since renovations began in February, the sound of Basehor Historical Society members hard at work sawing, hammering and sanding has been coming from the site of the Historical Society's temporary museum at 2812 N. 155th St.

And, while they're not completely finished, the public will get a sneak peek at the progress later this month.

Residents are invited to the Basehor Historical Society Museum's Renovation Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

"We've had a lot of interest in what is going on," said Carla Crawford, a historical society member. "We figured this would be an opportunity for people to come in and see it."

Lela Wiley and her family donated the building, which most recently housed the Basehor Community Library. While Ray and Ann Breuer already donated a tract of land at 158th and Parallel Road intended for the planned 37,000-square-foot museum, the funds to start from scratch just weren't available. Wiley said in a previous interview that donating the building would at least "give them a start."

And, historical society members have taken advantage of that start by renovating their new space extensively. Crawford said a new sign and double front doors will greet guests as they walk in next week. The interior walls are also painted and the newly constructed office and bathrooms are finished and decorated, Crawford said.

Guests will be able to enjoy refreshments, a few sample Basehor historical displays and a enter raffle for a chance to win a side of pork from a Leavenworth County Fair champion Poland China hog. Raffle tickets, which are $1 a piece or six for $5, may be purchased at the Basehor branches of First State Bank and Trust and Citizen's Savings and Loan, the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11499, as well as from any historical society member.

Crawford would like to remind guests to excuse the dust during the open house, as the museum is still a work in progress.

"This is a renovation open house," Crawford said. "A grand opening will be announced at a later date."

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