Eudora Area Historical Society

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The Kansas Humanities Council has announced that the Eudora Community Museum will host the traveling Smithsonian exhibition “Water/Ways” in the summer of 2017. The Eudora Community Museum will be the first museum in Kansas to host the exhibit. The exhibit will be at the museum for a period of six weeks, from June 24, 2017 until August 6, 2017.  The “Water/Ways” exhibit focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water?

In addition to hosting the Smithsonian exhibit, the Eudora Community Museum will also develop complimentary programming and a companion exhibit focusing on the Water/Ways of the Eudora area. The “Water/Ways” exhibit will be promoted throughout the state, which means great promotion for the Eudora Community Museum and Eudora. The “Water/Ways” exhibit has the potential to attract thousands of visitors to the Eudora Community Museum and downtown Eudora.

The Eudora Community Museum is located at 720 Main Street in historic downtown Eudora. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturdays and can be reached at 785-690-7900.



Eudora News and Information –

The 19th Annual Eudorafest gets underway this Saturday (October 3) with a multitude of events.

Most events for Eudorafest will be centered on the intersection of Main Street and 8th Street in downtown Eudora. The festivities will start at 9:00am when the vendor area opens and other activities will also commence. For a detailed list of all the activities and festivities planned for Eudorafest, visit their Facebook page:, or their page on the City of Eudora website:

All day long from 9:00am until Eudorafest closes at 5:00pm, you will have the chance to stroll up and down Main Street listening to musicians and wondering through the various vendor tents finding many locally made products and many of the Downtown businesses will also have their doors open to welcome visitors.

Very close to all the Eudorafest festivities will be the Open House at the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street. The Open House will give visitors a chance to see this very recently opened museum, and all the treasures from Eudora’s history on display. In front of the museum, a 19th century horse-drawn hearse will be on display for the public. This hearse comes courtesy of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The museum will host a craft sale inside the property at 720 Main Street. Historic books, and craft items (including rustic birdhouses) will be for sale. All proceeds generated will fund future rehabilitation work at the 720 Main Street property. The Open House and Craft Sale at 720 Main Street will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday October 3rd.


One item for sale includes a piece of Eudora history! For only $10, you will have a chance to own a piece of Eudora history! The bricks pictured above have been recovered from 720 Main Street and will be sold for $10 each. These bricks were formed at the Eudora Brickyard (owned by the Stadler and Seiwald families) over 130 years ago!





Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin, Commissioner Ruth Hughs and Ben Terwilliger 


At the Eudora City Commission meeting on Monday night (September 14), Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin honored his colleague Ruth Hughs, for her accomplishment serving as the first female Mayor in Eudora, Kansas’ history. Mayor Reazin presented ex-Mayor and current City Commissioner Hughs with a picturesque shadowbox commemorating Hugh’s tenure as Mayor. The shadowbox contains a lovely gold inscription, a photo of Hughs and the gavel used by Hughs during her tenure as Mayor from 2013-2014.

The shadowbox was next presented by Mayor Reazin to Ben Terwilliger, the Executive Director of the Eudora Community Museum. The shadowbox has been added to the museum’s historical collections and is already on display in a prominent location in the Eudora Community Museum as a means to honor Hughs’ achievement. Based on the historical records owned by the Eudora Community Museum, it is estimated that Hughs was Eudora’s 48th Mayor. That means all 47 Mayors before Hughs were men. Hughs’ tenure as Mayor reflects a changing society where more and more opportunities are becoming available for all people. Hughs is a groundbreaker, a pioneer because she was the first female Mayor, and it’s safe to assume, she won’t be the last either.


Close-up of the shadowbox 


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The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its September Program and meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm at Eudora City Hall (4 East 7th Street).

A brief Program exploring the History of Eudora High School (EHS) football from 1920 until the present will be delivered by former EHS football player Jim Harris. Following this presentation, former and current EHS football players in attendance will be encouraged to speak-up and share their experiences as a Cardinal. We encourage all former and current EHS football players to attend!

This program coincides with the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams” as it currently makes its way through Kansas communities. The EAHS is a partner site with “Hometown Teams” and created the new sports-themed historical exhibit, “Eudora High School Football: Rising to New Heights” which is now on display at the Eudora Community Museum.

1932 33 bill neis football team (2)The EHS football team of 1932.

This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!


EHS Football team 1956

The new exhibit “Eudora High School Football: Rising to New Heights” is now open at the Eudora Community Museum (720 Main St.). The exhibit documents the history of the EHS football program through its ups and downs. The museum and exhibit will be open during the CPA Picnic festivities.  The exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

CPA 2014

These fantastic birdhouses and other craft items will be for sale at the CPA Picnic this week. All proceeds from the sale of these craft (and other) items will benefit the Eudora Area Historical Society’s museum rehabilitation project. Be sure to stop by our table Friday and Saturday nights at the CPA Picnic! Our table will be in the west side of the CPA Park, close to the Paschal and Eudora Fish statue.

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