Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Connecting with Eudora’s roots important

June 14, 2007

Tom Tucker and the Eudora Lions Club deserve the community's gratitude for taking the lead on the Eudora Fish statue project. From all accounts, Jim Brothers' artwork will be impressive as well as historically accurate and its setting in CPA Park inspiring.

But it has long, long been our expressed hope that the community's celebration of its 150th year would be more than this single project. Look back and connect with Eudora's roots.

Once again, Tucker is involved with the idea of placing a time capsule near the statue. That reminds us that the community's history isn't limited to the covered-wagon era of its founding. Indeed, material that is placed in the time capsule will remind those who open it in 50 years what an exciting and important period this is in the city's history.

But we also are pleased to learn of the sesquicentennial planning LaDonna Russell's committee is doing and very happy that it started with an emphasis on history in the Eudora Library's summer reading program.

It sounds as though the committee is putting in place exactly what is needed in a wide-ranging observation that gets many in the community involved and allows them a hands-on chance to experience Eudora's history.

We would encourage all residents to respond and continue to bring their own ideas to what will be for most a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

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