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Heritage Center to dedicate building

Mac Greenamyre

Mac Greenamyre

April 7, 2008

In an upcoming dedication ceremony the Leavenworth Heritage Center will remember the work that Vernie Baird (Mac) Greenamyre did for the community.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St., Leavenworth, will official dedicate its building to the man that made it all possible.

"The Heritage Center wouldn't be where it is today without (Greenamyre's) help," said Jill Gunther, former Heritage Center president and current board member.

The actual dedication program will start at 6 p.m. with speeches from Center volunteers and Lansing and Leavenworth mayors. The keynote speaker will be County Commissioner Clyde Graeber, who Gunther said was Greenamyre's best friend.

A plaque also will be presented to the center to be hung inside the building. Gunther said the building would not be named after Greenamyre, who's known throughout Leavenworth County for his dedication to economic development, because he wouldn't have wanted it that way.

"He did not want any glory," Gunther said, who was his caregiver once his health began to fail.

Greenamyre died in August 22, 2007.

For Lansing, one of the most visible reminders of Greenamyre's legacy is Lansing City Hall, which sits on land donated by the developer.

"Mac was generally the one that really put us one our feet down here and made wonderful arrangements that made it possible for us to get this building," said Connie Anderson, program director at the Heritage Center.

Before and after the speeches during Thursday's dedication event, participants can mingle, eat hors d'oeuvres and remember the influential business leader whose legacy still lives on.

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