Archive for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thank God for hobbies

December 18, 2008

Do you have a hobby?

Over the years I have had dozens of hobbies. Some people make things, some people collect things, some peoples’ hobby is visiting people or places.

This week the exhibit at our Lansing museum is centering on hobbies of some of our townspeople. This exhibit is open from Dec. 16 to April 19, 2009. The people exhibiting are people you know and are people who have been involved in making our museum a success.

I am sure there are hundreds of others in Lansing who have unusual and interesting hobbies, and we all would like to know about them. Just write a note about it and bring or send it to Laura Phillippi, our museum director. Tell about your own hobby or one in your immediate family. This would be a wonderful record to have in our archives. I am sure Laura would find a place to showcase your letter or picture in an album of hobbies.

Our Historical Museum is at 115 E. Kansas Ave. between the fire station and the Lansing Correctional Facility. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

My oldest brother, Tom, had a stamp collection and was fascinated with vital statistics. He knew the batting average of every player on the Kansas City Blues baseball team. When he entered the Army in 1943 and was on a troop train, he kept track of every town he went through, the name of the town and the time of arrival. My brother Art made model airplanes out of balsa wood and cut out all the intricate ribs of the wings and fuselage, covered them with tissue paper, painted them and added insignias. Brother Bill had an interest in statistics of all sports, especially track athletes in the state of Kansas. This was indeed helpful to him when he later became a track coach.

My own children have all been interested in sports and the arts. Many hobbies lead to a profession in the future. Hobbies should give great deal of enjoyment. My latest hobby is bronze sculpture, and I have one piece at the museum that I would love to have you see.

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