February 6, 2016

Museum opening draws a crowd

Musical guests perform during the Edgerton Community Museum’s grand opening on Oct. 19. Submitted photo

Musical guests perform during the Edgerton Community Museum’s grand opening on Oct. 19. Submitted photo

The Edgerton Community Museum’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, Oct. 19, amid sunny skies and cool temperatures.
A crowd of approximately one hundred people attended the ceremony. After the ribbon cutting, the museum, located directly east of Edgerton City Hall, at 406 E. Nelson officially opened to the public.
Local dignitaries, including Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts, State Senator Pat Apple, State Representative Bill Sutton, and County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert, attended and spoke to the audience. In addition, a letter from U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder was read to the audience.
The dignitaries in attendance all spoke about the importance of history and how museums play a part in teaching that history. Edgerton Historical Society President Charlie Troutner spoke about the background of the Edgerton museum building and how the entire project came about.
Following the speeches, Troutner, historical society treasurer Mary Pritchard, secretary Irene Eastwood, and long-time Edgerton resident Donna Bratton, cut the ribbon in front of the museum’s porch steps. Bratton had donated the small house which is now the museum, in 2005, to the City of Edgerton.
The museum grand opening was dedicated to long-time Edgerton resident and former City Clerk, Rita Moore, now deceased. Charlie Troutner commented at the ceremony, “Rita Moore had two big dreams for Edgerton. One was a library, the other was a museum. Well Rita, you got your library, now you have your museum.”
Members of Moore’s family were in attendance at the ceremony.
After the grand opening, guests were treated to cookies, cake, and punch in Edgerton City Hall. Traditional country music was provided by local residents, Gregory Hermon, and Gary Gourd, on the front porch of the museum. A 1915 antique car, courtesy of Ed Hampton, Gardner, sat on the front lawn of the museum for guests to enjoy and learn about.
The museum’s hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays or by appointment by calling (913)893-6270.

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