Several new items will greet visitors when the Richmond Community Museum opens for its 12th season this Saturday and Sunday, May 25th and 26th. Open hours ate 1-4 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
The new focus display is a collection of photos of wedding and other special cakes made by the late Catherine (Mrs. Joseph) Mildfelt in the 1950s and ‘60s. About 35 pictures are included but it is expected others will be added. Each picture has names and date of the event. If you have a photo with a Mildfelt cake, it is hoped you will bring a copy to the Museum. Mrs. Mildfelt’s grandson, Todd Mildfelt, is a published historian and current Richmond Museum board member.
One of Arlen Hall’s unique birdhouses now sets in the center of the conference table where folks gather to look at the thousands of pieces of archival materials.
Hall recently donated the birdhouse, plus an album of 50 pictures of others he made over the years. The album was photographed by Jeri Troyer of Garnett. Hall also gave the Museum his collection of Lions Club pins and some other small pieces. Arlen and Mary L. Hall helped Dennis Peters and others refurbish the old lumber yard into the museum before it opened in 2008.
Other new items include two copies of the book “Golden Rule Days – History and Recollections of 109 Closed Kansas High Schools” by James Kenyon. The history of Richmond High School, which closed in 1963, is included, as are those of Kincaid, LaHarpe, LaCygne, Quenemo and other high schools in the area which no longer exist. There were 650 graduates of Richmond High School from 1911-1963.
A large collection of letters written by J. T. Morgan and E. Maxwell family members dating from post-Civil War to the 1950s was recently donated by Lorene Stockard. Both families were early-time Richmond area residents.
A pictorial history of the Lyon family, compiled and published by Marjorie (Lyon) Humphrey, is another new addition. The Lyon family is another long-time area family.
The Museum will be open each Saturday and Sunday afternoon through Labor Day weekend and anytime on request. Phone numbers to call are posted on the Museum window.
It will also open both before and after the Richmond High School Alumni Association noon banquet Saturday, June 8th. The history of Richmond High School in Kenyon’s new book is sure to be especially popular that day.