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

The program will be delivered by Harold Lee Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman will discuss his life and growing up in Eudora. Mr. Zimmerman was born in Eudora and graduated from Eudora High School in 1943. He was a Merchant Marine during World War II and the Korean War. He was involved with the Zimmerman Steel company in Lawrence.

A short business meeting will also be held which will include updates on the Trefz building rehabilitation project. This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

 

Harold Lee Zimmerman

Harold Lee Zimmerman, Junior class President, from the 1942 Eudora High School Yearbook.

 

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The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its November meeting on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm at Eudora City Hall.

The program for this meeting will be presented by William Worley and is titled “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas.” Prior to the 1930s, the prohibitive costs of stringing electrical lines across vast rural spaces made electricity a primarily urban phenomenon. This meant that many jobs of the farm had to be done by humans, animals, tractors, and combines. Learn how New Deal legislation established rural electrical associations (REAs) as cooperative ventures managed by farmers and supported by low-cost government loans. For the first time, farm wives could have washing and sewing machines, dairy farmers could refrigerate milk, and families could be entertained by radios and eventually televisions. Rural work productivity soared. We probably all take electricity for granted today, but it was not long ago that the Eudora area was largely devoid of electricity.

This program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. “How Rural Electrification Transformed Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.

Contact Ben Terwilliger, 785-690-7900, EudoraHistory@gmail.com, for additional information.

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

 

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The 17th Annual Eudorafest gets underway this Saturday (October 5) with a multitude of events.

The opening ceremonies for Eudorafest will commence at 9:00am at the intersection of 8th and Main Streets. The National Anthem will be sung and the Eudora Boy Scouts will present the flags. Other events that start at 9:00am include: the opening of the vendor area, a car, truck and motorcycle show, Operation Life Saver, Operation Wild Life, kid games in the CPA Park and Kids Path to Pizza sponsored by Gambino’s (starts at the Eudora Public Safety Building).

The fun events continue throughout the day. The Moonshine Run and the Cake Walk will both commence at 10:00am at the intersection of 8th and Main Streets.

Noon events at the intersection of 8th and Main Streets include: the Moonshine Run Awards, Talent Show registration, and music from the Zydeco Tougeau band. A garden and tractor pull show will also be at noon at the intersection of 10th and Fir Streets.

A Civil War Reenactment will occur at Noon, 2:00pm and 3:00pm in CPA Park.

Eudora entertainers will have the opportunity to strut their stuff in the Talent Show which will start at 1:00pm. The Moonshine relay will also start at 1:00pm; both will be held at the intersection of 8th and Main Streets.

The 3:00pm events include: Citizenship Award and Presentation, the Awards from the car, truck and motorcycle show, the Moonshine Relay awards and music by the “Hit or Miss” band. All of these events will occur at the intersection of 8th and Main Streets.

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.

The Eudora Area Historical Society will host a Silent Auction and general sale for the duration of the event. The EAHS will sell books on the History of the Eudora Area, CDs of original music by Jim Lyall, John Wayne collector’s plates and John Wayne sketches. In addition, Sheri Flory has generously donated three, very creative, Birdhouses, as well as signs and other crafts that she has made to be auctioned off.  All funds generated will be used to help the EAHS restore the historic Trefz buildings at 720 Main Street for use of their future museum home.

For more information about this weekend’s festivities, you can visit their website at: http://www.cityofeudoraks.gov/index.aspx?NID=84

Or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/EudoraFest/108894429162885

 

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Kansas is noted for its highways, which have a history that is traced from early military roads and trails to Santa Fe, California, and Oregon.  The introduction of the automobile granting individual drivers freedom to travel anywhere led to an ambitious effort by local community boosters to establish routes to attract auto tourists.

There is now an initiative to uncover the story behind the Midland Trail, one of the first transcontinental routes, Washington D. C. to San Francisco.  It was logged across Kansas in the 1914’s.  A handsome Midland Trail Tour Guide, published by the National Highway Association in 1916, provided explicit, mile-by-mile directions on how and where to follow the Midland Trail.  As the name implies, it was the route most centrally located in the United States. The Midland Trail passed in close proximity to Eudora.

The Midland Trail crossed 14 counties, Wyandotte County to Sherman County, from Kansas City, Kansas to Goodland.  Museums, historic societies, and tourism bureaus have been contacted in order to develop a comprehensive, grassroots response to recognize the 100 year anniversary, logging the Midland Trail across Kansas.

Joan Nothern, president of the Solomon Valley-Highway 24-Heritage Alliance, initiated this process on behalf of the alliance.  That organization led the way researching the history of U. S. 24 in the Solomon Valley, and now hopes to make the Midland Trail, the highway forerunner and a unique historical route, known.

 

In the Eudora area, this planning is being coordinated by the Eudora Area Historical Society.

Please contact at EudoraHistory@gmail.com or 785-690-7900 for more information.

 

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CPA Park, site of the BBQ Event

CPA Park, site of the BBQ event.

The greater Kansas City area, including Northeast Kansas and Eudora, is arguably the BBQ capital of the world. Few regions take their BBQ more passionately or more seriously. Noted BBQ joints in Kansas City, including  Gates, Oklahoma Joe’s and Arthur Bryant’s are world famous. However, fantastic BBQ is not only limited to those legendary restaurants in Kansas City.  Local BBQ enthusiasts can frequently produce BBQ that rivals even the greatest BBQ joints in Kansas City.

Eudorans will have an opportunity to sample local BBQ this Saturday (September 21st). The Annual Eudora BBQ Cook-off and Charity Event will commence at 10am and last until the early evening. The BBQ and Charity event will be held in the area around 9th and Main Streets in downtown Eudora, including the CPA Park. Gene’s Heartland Store will be smoking meats and selling their BBQ to the public. Local BBQ enthusiasts will also be competing against one another to claim various prizes and awards.  A variety of other events, including a car show, numerous games for children and live music will also commence throughout the day.

For a complete list of all the events being held, visit this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FirstAnnualEudorafestBarBQCookOff

 

The Eudora Area Historical Society will host a Silent Auction and general sale for the duration of the event. The EAHS will sell CDs of original music by Jim Lyall, John Wayne collector’s plates and John Wayne sketches. In addition, Sheri Flory has generously donated six, very creative, Birdhouses, as well as signs and other crafts that she has made to be auctioned off.  All funds generated will be used to help the EAHS restore the historic Trefz buildings at 720 Main Street for use of their future museum home.

Some of the crafts for sale by the EAHS.

 

The event has been organized by Debbie Carden, in honor of her late father Dennis Burchett.

Make sure to visit on Saturday and enjoy great BBQ and help various good causes for the Eudora community!

 

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