Special to The Gardner News
The Gardner Historical Museum, 204 W. Main is currently presenting a “Railroads, featuring the Gardner Depot” exhibit. Due to popular demand, the exhibit will be extended through mid-May to allow more people to visit it.
The exhibit, prepared by Marcia Gay and Shirley Bruce Van Arsdale, contains interesting and historic pieces of the railroad industry in general and of the Gardner Depot in particular.
There are old photographs of the Gardner Depot, and the featured artifact is a wooden cabinet that sat on the desk of Jim Vohs, who was the depot agent at Gardner Depot, from 1958-1974. The cabinet looks the way it did when the Depot closed in 1974, and contains some of Vohs’ personal belongings, books, maps, railroad laws and regulations, and railroad and depot correspondence.
Other featured items in the exhibit include a railroad map from 1907 loaned by Gardner resident Joe Rothwell…. showing all the stops in Kansas, dishes from the Santa Fe Railroad restaurant cars, photographs of the local “Doodle Bug” train that operated in this area, old railroad telegraph keys, and a painting of the Gardner Depot by local artist Leonard Sebring.
There are also many general historic items such as railroad lights and lanterns.
In addition to the railroad and depot exhibit, there is also a “Schools” exhibit currently being presented at the museum’s other property, the Bray House, at 207 W. Shawnee, directly north of the main museum building.
This exhibit, prepared by Tressa Stone, features items pertaining to Ted and Teddy Parry, including some of Mrs. Parry’s artwork. It also includes items from the local elementary schools, Nike Junior High School, and GHS/GEHS High School. This exhibit will stay up through the month of May.
Museum staff hopes that anyone interested in seeing these exhibits will plan on stopping by both museum buildings and visiting these very interesting and historic exhibits in the very near future.
Museum hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Tuesday, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday. For more information, please call the museum, at (913)856-4447.