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The Eudora Area Historical Society will celebrate EudoraFest this year with the debut of a new exhibit and a tractor show. The tractor show will consist of restored, antique tractors owned by Richard Knabe and Bob Gabriel. The tractors will be on display in the parking lot facing Church Street, just outside of the Eudora Community Museum (which is located in the former Nottingham Elementary School building).
A recently completed exhibit detailing the African-American History of the Eudora area will also be open to the public this Saturday during EudoraFest. The African-American community of Eudora has long been overlooked. In the late 19th century, African-Americans comprised 25% of the total population of the Eudora Township, yet the story of this community has been largely forgotten. Take this opportunity to learn about Eudora’s African-American community, their struggles and triumphs and how they influenced the community.
Eudora’s African-American History exhibit is a partnership exhibit to the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibition The Way We Worked. The development of Eudora’s African-American History exhibit was funded through grants from the Kansas Humanities Council and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Christine Inman, a recent graduate from the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas researched, designed and fabricated the exhibit.
The Eudora Community Museum will be open from 9:00am until 6:00pm on Saturday for EudoraFest. Admittance to the museum is free.