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    The purpose of the Blue Rapids Historical Society is to research, collect, preserve, and make available to the public all information, artifacts, art and memorabilia related to the history of the area.

December 2012 newsletter

December 2012 newsletter

Blue Rapids Historical Society Newsletter Sept 2012

Newsletter Sept 2012-3

Updates from Pat Osborne for the Museum

  UPDATES FROM THE MUSEUM
               
 
         Thirty to forty of our closest friends had a cool evening Sunday eating homemade desserts and ice cream while listening to a great group of local musicians.  Thanks to Mike Minihan, Danny Minihan, Jan Beck, Rick Lister, Tim Davis and Rick Bishop who made the music possible and to the Historical Society Board and Zita Duensing for desserts.
         The Museum has received 106 individual donations this year, some with many items.  Two interesting ones from last week were a painting of the Clayton Rodkey house which was between here and Irving and a lengthy Rodkey genealogy.  If you think you are related, come in and check it out.  The other was a copy of the original charter for the Blue Rapids Town Company in 1870 with a photo of one of the charter members, H. S. Halbert, from Ruth Berkin, a great granddaughter.
         Last call for the donation or temporary loan of photos of any Blue Rapids veterans from WWI and WWII.  Make sure your family is represented in this project.
         If you want to plan your vacation in advance, some of us are getting excited about going to Bisbee, AZ for their WarrenBall Park celebration of the 1913 New York Giants and Chicago White Sox World Tour game April 6-7, 2013.   Yes, the same teams that were on our field also played there.  Bisbee and Blue Rapids are the last two ball fields remaining on which these two teams played and on which games have continued to be played.  Further information at DiscoverBisbee.com.  Contact us if you are interested.

June 2012 newsletter (click link below)

Newsletter June 2012

Ice Age Monument dedication (click photo for full image)

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Cave girls, glacial milk water, dignitaries: Blue Rapids had it all for the dedication of the Ice Age Monument. Top to bottom: Professor George Callison, paleontologist and artist, who imagined the monument and brought it to life; Mattie Sanders, one of the elusive cave girls hunting the peripheries of the monument (and slaying a T-Rex); Zoe Sanders, whose spear was a formidable weapon; Skyler Sanders, who carved a petroglyph of the photographer; Zoe Sanders in action; the monument, round like the only round town square in Kansas; the color guard backing Prof. George Callison at his introductory speech; Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey; Becky Blake, director of Kansas Travel and Tourism; Prof Callison with contractors who built the monument—Bailey Construction, Frankfort; and Marcie Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

Ice Age Monument Dedication May 19, 2012

Blue Rapids Hit by Ice Age

Fountain Park on the Round Town Square in Blue Rapids will be ready for the Ice Age on Saturday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
The Swedish cabin will be open for visitors at 9:00 as will the Blue Rapids Museum. The special exhibit at the BR Museum is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Homesteading Act featuring local cattle brands, antique clothing and farm equipment and more. The museum will stay open until 2:00.
The Central Branch Historical Railroad will offer a train ride at 9:30 boarding on south Main and headed east over the 85’ trestle bridge. Another ride will be run at 1:30. Games for the children will start in Fountain Park at 10:00.
The fountain in Fountain Park is decorated with Sioux Quartzite rocks slid into Kansas from Minnesota by the glaciers. An ice age picture mounted on the north side of the old jail cell is a perfect backdrop for photos as is the monument itself. Special Ice Age photo opportunities will surprise everyone so be sure to bring your cameras.
At 11:00 the Ice Age Monument Dedication will begin with Prof. George Callison, creator and major donor of the monument, greeting you followed by short speeches from visiting and local dignitaries. Bring your own lawn chairs for a comfortable half hour.
As soon as the dedication ceremony is over, the community center will open for a wooly mammoth burger lunch. A free-will offering will be taken to develop an Ice Age exhibit and information display at the Museum. Lunch will be served until about 1:30.

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2012 Czech Festival coming April 28

 
One of the events offered during the Czech Festival April 28 in Blue Rapids will be “Checking your Ancestors” (Czech or otherwise).  Jan Wilkes, a long time genealogist, will make a presentation at 11:00 am at the Community Center on how to use the features in the free web site www.FamilySearch.org.  Images from the site will be projected for all to see and ask questions.  Jan will search for information on your ancestors so you have a few weeks to gather some basic information such as names and dates to start your hunt.  She will also discuss subscription web sites that can be accessed in Family History Centers.
            At 2:00 that afternoon, the session will be held at the Public Library on the Square at which time you will be given more individual help.  Bring your laptop if you have one.  If you have questions, please email plumswede@yahoo.com.
            Jan Wilkes has done extensive family genealogies and has a talent for turning tiny leads into a whole new branch of the family.  She is related locally to the Smercheck-Pishney/Pishny families.  This is a rare chance to have help from her on finding more about your ancestors.
            Watch & listen for future information about events at the Czech Festival, Saturday April 28.  A Czech lunch will be from 11:00-2:00 at the Community Center.
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