A Look Back: Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Through the years our Lansing Historical Society has been busy with fundraisers and fun things to keep our Museum going.
From 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, the society is sponsoring a Goooood Spaghetti Dinner. This is an annual affair so plan to mark that date on your calendar and join the fun. The meal is spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and a drink. Adults $6 and children 10 and younger $3.50. Tickets are available at the museum, otherwise the cost at the door will be $7 and for adults and children 10 and under $4. This will be at the Lansing Community Center at 800 First Terrace.
Things are buzzing all the time at our Lansing Historical Museum because Laura, our site supervisor, is always looking for interesting things to do and show. At this time, the exhibit features items from the Basehor Police Department, The Fort Leavenworth Military Police, Kansas Highway Patrol, Lansing Correctional Facility, The Lansing Police Department, The Leavenworth Police Department, The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tonganoxie Police Department. This is available until June 10. Admission is free.
Also don’t forget Atlas Obscura Day which is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the museum. Admission is free.
Our museum building was built in 1887 and in 1989 the building faced demolition in its original location as it was no longer used as the Santa Fe Railroad Depot. The rails had been long gone and the building was being used for storage of fertilizer for the local Co-Op. Our Historical Society was just starting to form with members and meetings. The building needed to be moved and it was up to us to do it. A lot of repair work underneath had to be done just to be able to move it. That was our responsibility but we raised the funds to build a basement and foundation on the corner where it is now located. The moving day was quite an operation and many people in town took part in this, watching, taking pictures and holding up overhead wires when it turned the corner of Highway 7 and Kansas Ave.
It was a long time coming so let’s all come in and look around.