In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of July as National Ice Cream Month and called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” The Kearny County Historical Society Museum did just that this past Saturday, July 15, 2017. Over 140 visitors, young and old alike, came out to enjoy free ice cream at our Annual Ice Cream Social.
The Kearny County Senior Center recently implemented a new program in cooperation with the museum. Small groups of senior citizens visit specific areas in the museum on designated days. They then return to the Senior Center for lunch and a round table discussion or “memory sharing.” Last week the group visited the machinery building, concentrating on the washing machine and stove displays. The theme was “Women’s Work Was Never Done.” We heard several interesting comments about our equipment and how some had used the exact same thing in their younger years. This week they visited the depot. “All Aboard” was centered around memories of the train and depot. Next week, they will concentrate on the mens’ and womens’ clothing displays in the museum for “Dressed to the Nines.” If you would like to participate in this program, contact the Senior Center at 355-6482.
Were you one of the lucky people who attended the Kearny County Historical Society’s 59th Annual Meeting? If not, you missed a wonderful meal, interesting speaker and a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones! The event took place April 8 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Lakin. Guests were treated to a delicious meal followed up with a short business meeting, election of board members, a short program on Harvey Girls, student recognition and presentation of door prizes. Kansas State University Professor Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay was our guest speaker. Her presentation was brought to us courtesy of the Kansas Humanities Council. It was a very enjoyable evening for all!
Sixty years ago this week, Kansas and several other states were crippled by a blizzard that closed highways, derailed trains, took out power and phones lines and left many persons virtually cut off from the outside world. We have been running ’57 Blizzard stories and pictures taken in Kearny County every day this week on our facebook page. We hope you will go check it out: https://www.facebook.com/kearnycountymuseum/