Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2004

History club looking to house Eudora’s relics

January 15, 2004

Items from Eudora's past are on their way to having a permanent home. Pending insurance coming through in early February and the go-ahead from the school district's attorney, several rooms in the former Eudora Middle school will belong to the Eudora Area Historical Society.
Eventually, the society hopes to use one room on the north side's lower level for storage and an adjacent room to eventually display items in the collection. The first order of business, however, will be using the rooms to sort and catalogue items scattered across Eudora.
"People don't know what they have," said Jim Harris, who is the historical society's vice president. "It's scattered in people's houses; in people's basements.
"You've got stuff at home; I've got stuff at home. It will be interesting what will come out."
The society hopes once items are sorted that one room can be used as a display area for Eudora historical items with the intent to have it open to the public for special events like the CPA Picnic and EudoraFest, as well as by appointment, or even as often as once a month.
USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza said one of the rooms had been a computer lab, so the society would still have access for computers.
Offering free space for community groups was the district's intent for the former school building, said Board member Kenny Massey. It was also a location that seemed appropriate, said fellow Board member Brenda Clark.
"I think it's a novel idea to put Eudora history in a place a lot of people think is historical," she said.
Moreover, Harris said a lot of the items the society had pertained directly to the history of Eudora's schools. Having a place to organize and display items would give the society which meets monthly for speeches and other programs, a renewed sense of purpose.
A display of Eudora's history would also appeal to the sensibilities of the community.
"People are interested in history," Harris said. "When the people in this room are gone, there will still be people interested."

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