Historical Society installs officers
The Eudora Area Historical Society installed its new officers for 2001 and set goals for the year at their first meeting of the year at Eudora City Hall. Thirty-seven people were in attendance.
New president Patty Johnston presided. She thanked Burkhardt for his three years as president and for getting the newsletter distributed.
Johnston announced the following committees: Rex Burkhardt and Glenn Wineinger, library and museum; Glenn Wineinger and Lorene Cox, historical sites, collections and storage; Patty Johnston, Peg Buchanan, Kermit Broers, Cindy Higgins and Marlene Evinger, publications and newsletter; Glenn Wineinger, programs and EudoraFest; and Bud and Hazel James, Rex Burkhardt, Clint and Joy Clouse, executive committee; Fern Long and Marlene Evinger, co-chairs, Doris Schehrer and Joyce Wineinger, membership and calling committee; and Marjorie Gronniger and Joyce Wineinger, refreshments.
Programs for the year include "Memories of Trefz Variety Store," led by Glenn Wineinger and the Trefz family, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at Eudora City Hall; a garden tour and sack lunch," led by Lorene Cox, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12; a local Jaycees history and ice cream social, led by Pamela Bass and Glenn Wineinger, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at Eudora City Hall; "Western Humor," led by a humanities speaker at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at Eudora City Hall; and a program by the history department of the Eudora schools, led by Cindy Higgins, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at Eudora City Hall.
Burkhardt recognized Fern Long as the society's first president and for still being active in the organization. Long was presented with a signed, framed document.
Johnston suggested a tent and prairie campground with local artifacts and museum articles on display for EudoraFest.
Wineinger will head the CPA book booth with some articles to be given away.
Ron West told those present that two men from the Oregon, Santa Fe, California Trails Association from Missouri were hunting the Oregon Trail through the area recently and asked to leave by two guards at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Members were asked to bring articles purchased from the former Trefz Variety store to the March meeting for display.
Doris Schehrer shared some old photos of family and buildings. Wineinger had books for sale on display. Long displayed one of several books she purchased from the Kansas State Historical Society of old historical journals, now hardbound.
Books will be placed in the historical library in memory of Margaret Gabriel and William Nichols.
Mary E. May won the door prize and Burkhardt was master of ceremonies for "Who Wants to be a Eudoran," a game similar to the millionaire program on television.
Peg Buchanan, Gronniger, Clara and Ron West, Judy Charbonneau and Steven Neis answered questions about Eudora. Each received prizes of calendars and memberships to the society.