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The installation of the new ceiling at 720 Main Street, the future home of the Eudora Community Museum, is nearly complete. The new ceiling consists of beautifully stained pine wood-paneling, sometimes referred to as bead-board or car-siding. The new ceiling has been installed with the intent to replicate the original ceiling that existed at the 130+ year old building. The original bead-board ceiling was removed earlier in 2014 in order to make significant structural improvements to the building. Efforts were made to restore the wood from the original ceiling, but splintering of the wood made the restoration efforts impossible.
The installation of the new ceiling has been led primarily by local contractor Tim Summers. Summers, known of his mastery of wood-working, has generously donated all of his labor towards the installation of the ceiling. “I like these kind of projects and serving the community in ways like this” Summers said of his significant volunteer work. Summers has been assisted by volunteers Benny Dean, Bill Gordon, Jim Harris, Leonard Hollmann and Bob Slapar with this project. Summers and all volunteers installing the ceiling have donated hundreds of hours of labor and saved the Eudora Area Historical Society thousands of dollars towards this project.
The Eudora Community Museum will open to the public at 720 Main Street in the spring of 2015.