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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.
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March 2012 newsletter: click link below

March 2012 edition


Blue Rapids churches tour

Ceremonial goblet, St. Mark's Episcopal Church


Blue Rapids Church Tour

The Blue Rapids Museum is proud to offer a guided tour of each church in Blue Rapids. The tour will be a springboard for the museum’s upcoming display on church history which will run from Jan. 1 to April 30.
Please join us at the Blue Rapids Museum, #36 Public Square, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec.28, 2011. Participants will be bussed to each location. The event is free and open to the public.
A church member will greet us at each stop and provide information about the church’s history, future plans and events. We will start with a peek into the Latter Day Saints Church and then cross the street to the Methodist Church, New Hope office, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist and Catholic churches. Following the tour, the bus will return to the museum for refreshments.
Your attendance at this event will help the museum meet the goal of 1,000 visitors in 2011.

Blue Rapids lighted tractor parade 2011

December 2011 newsletter (Click link below)

December_2011 newsletter

Christmas lights on the only round town square in Kansas.


A big thanks to all who helped decorate the only round town square in Kansas.

Museum recieves grant from the Kansas Humanities Council

The Kansas Humanities Council approved a grant in the amount of $1,410 to the Blue Rapids Museum to enable them to be a partner site for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked. The Humanities Council is proud that museums, historical societies, and public libraries will take the lead in continuing the critical conversation about work and working in Kansas with new exhibitions, oral history projects, public programs and special events.

Because the Blue Rapids Museum treasures the interior shots of historic businesses, it has been a dream to photograph all workers in the interior of all businesses in town in 2012. With the support of this grant, this project will proceed. Tom Parker will be the photographer and will be accompanied by a volunteer who will gather names, facts about the business and other interesting data to accompany the photos. Volunteers will be creating interview questions and answer forms, making appointments for the photo shoots and typing. Call if you would like to help with this project—Pat Osborne 785-363-7949.

The Museum Board plans to proceed with major roof repairs, wiring and wall boarding and have the new room ready to mount this special exhibit by the middle of 2013.

Current BR Museum board members are: Pat Osborne, president; Lori Parker, vice president; Betty Ball, secretary; Lyle Brooks, treasurer; Helen Johnston, membership; Nancy Nolte, curator; and Advisory Board members Betty Brake, Lynne Turner, Dee DeMelo, Pam Bulson, Dale Whiting and Helen and Maxine Haller.