Eudora Community Museum

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its July Program and meeting on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00pm at Eudora City Hall (4 East 7th Street).

The Program will be presented by Phil Dixon. The program is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and 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 will be unveiling a new sports-themed historical exhibit, “Eudora High School Football: Rising to New Heights” on July 23 during the CPA Picnic.

 

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

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The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its May Program and meeting on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00pm at Eudora City Hall (4 East 7th Street)

The Kansas (Kaw) River has always been a big part of the Eudora community. This new program developed by local historian Barbara Higgins-Dover will explore fishing and fish markets of the Kansas River.

River KingsFishermen of the Kansas River

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

 

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