Archive for Thursday, April 2, 2009

Five questions: Kansas Tornados

Basehor Historical Society chairman Ken Massingill (left), historical society fundraiser Lela Wiley(middle)  and historical society director Carla Crawford stand with the Kansas Tornados exhibit at the Basehor Historical Museum. Crawford said the exhibit would give visitors a greater insight into the history of Kansas storms.

Basehor Historical Society chairman Ken Massingill (left), historical society fundraiser Lela Wiley(middle) and historical society director Carla Crawford stand with the Kansas Tornados exhibit at the Basehor Historical Museum. Crawford said the exhibit would give visitors a greater insight into the history of Kansas storms.

April 2, 2009

Q: How long will the “Tornados of Kansas” exhibit be on display, and when can people visit?

A: The tornado exhibit will be on display from March 25 thru April 26. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Q: Why did the museum choose this particular exhibit?

A: The museum chose this display because Kansas is known for its destructive tornadoes and the timing of the display falls into the tornado season.

Q: What do you think people will learn from looking at the display?

A: We hope visitors will gain a greater insight to the history of Kansas tornadoes and their destructive effects on nature and structures.

Q: Have you ever seen a tornado?

A: I have only seen two tornadoes.

Q: What other events are coming up at the museum?

A: In May our exhibit will be "Victorian Secret," which will feature undergarments of the 1800s, with some pieces to try on.

At 10 a.m. May 16 is "Laundresses of the Army," a living history demonstration of how laundry was done during the Civil War, WWI and WWII. May 27-July 1 is the "Reflections on the War: Women and Their Quilts.” The exhibit will feature Civil War era quilts and textiles. July 29-Aug. 26 will be "Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas” exhibit.

Our youth group is working on summer programs with hands-on learning of butter churning and quilt making, to educational videos, and much more. The youth group will do face painting and manage a booth at Dairy Days. They also plan to have a float in the July 4 and Homecoming parades. Anyone interested in joining the youth group is encouraged to contact Shelby Crawford or Sara Laffare at the museum at (913) 724-4022.

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