Bob Slapar , a member of the Eudora Lions Club chapter and several other members presented a check to EAHS President Steven Neis during a ceremony at the future home of the EAHS museum in downtown Thursday (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)
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Story by John Schulz and Ben Terwilliger
The Eudora Lions Club presented a $5,000 check to the Eudora Area Historical Society Thursday evening. The ceremony took place at the future home of the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street in Downtown Eudora.
“The money came from a gift the Lion’s Club had received many years ago,” long-time Lions Club member Bob Slapar said. “We decided it was time to put that gift to good use and put it to the building.”
The EAHS museum will move from the old Nottingham School building to the downtown location by October 1. Nottingham was sold earlier this summer by the Eudora School District to developer Mike Flory who intends to raze the old Nottingham school and begin the process of constructing a mixed use development project at the site.
“(This gift) means everything to us,” EAHS President Steven Neis said following the presentation. “This will go towards paying for the concrete floor we had to lay in the building this past week and other building improvements that need to be completed so we can move in.”
720 Main Street was in a state of disrepair for over twenty years before the EAHS commenced rehabilitation efforts in 2013. After thousands of hours of mostly volunteer labor, the building’s condition has dramatically improved. The museum relocation would not be possible without the support of volunteers and generous organizations like the Eudora Lions Club.
The EAHS plans to be in the building by the start of October and be ready to show exhibits and hold tours beginning in early 2015.
The Lions Club International (founded in 1917) has over 1.3 million members and is dedicated to meeting the needs of communities on a local and global scale. The Eudora Lions Club has served the Eudora community since it was established in 1951. In the late 1950s, the Eudora Lions Club developed the city street marker system and numbering system for city houses.
“It’s important to us that a group like the Lion’s Club can offer this help and that the community cares about the Historical Society and our new building,” Neis said. He also added that the Historical Society could definitely can use more assistance in both labor and financial assistance as the rehabilitation of the new building moves forward.
Any business or organization donation to the EAHS is tax deductible. The EAHS will advertise any business donation over $100 at their new museum. For information, contact Ben Terwilliger, Executive Director of the EAHS at 785-690-7900 or EudoraHistory@gmail.com.