February 8, 2016

Historical museum to host book signing

The Gardner Historical Museum will host a book reading and signing by the author of “The Man in the Fedora.” Written by Katharine Reece Curry, the book was written using notes from Dr. A.S. Reece.  Dr. Reece opened the first hospital in Johnson County in Gardner. The signing will run from 1 p.m. to 4 Continue Reading

Author to discuss Jefferson’s mistress at Gardner museum

Charlie Troutner Special to The Gardner News Local author, Norm Ledgin will speak about his most recent book, “Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother,” at the Gardner Historical Museum on Saturday, May 11. The book concerns the relationship of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, at one time, Jefferson’s slave. Jefferson and Hemings had a 38-year love Continue Reading

Gardner museum to offer historic homes tour

Charlie Troutner Special to The Gardner News The Gardner Historical Museum is hosting its first annual Christmas Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec.1, 2012. The tour of five vintage homes is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum, located at 204 W. Main Street, will remain open until 5 p.m. that day. The historical homes Continue Reading

Gardner museum receives $3,000 Heritage grant for walking history

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Historical Museum was one of a handful of historical organizations in Johnson County to receive a slice of the Johnson County Heritage Trust fund pie for 2012, Johnson County Commissioners were told Aug. 16. Eleven museums and historical societies were selected by a committee to  receive varying portions of $198,445 Continue Reading

Museum to dedicate new ramp

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com When Gardner Historical Museum officials purchased the Bray house, a family home behind the museum, they had one small problem to address before it could be opened to the public – the home was not accessible for wheelchairs. That changed this weekend as workers from Pro Deck and Design volunteered their time Continue Reading

Eagle Scout candidate working to improve museum grounds

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Victorian home that houses the Gardner Historical Museum will soon be even more historically accurate. Jake Drury, 17,  is decorating the grounds with period-correct landscaping as an Eagle Scout project. “The project is important to me because my family has a long history here in Gardner,” Drury said. “…I want to Continue Reading

Reece Hospital connections sought for new book

Katharine Reece Curry, daughter of Dr. A.S. Reece, founder of the Reece Hospital in Gardner, will host interviews in Gardner next week for a history book she is writing. Curry would like to interview anyone who has a connection to Reece Hospital including those who were born there, were a patient, or worked there. Curry Continue Reading

Gardner Historical Museum to host ‘John Brown’

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Historical Museum is kicking off  its annual Military Tribute and Exhibit starting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct 29 at the museum, 204 W. Main St. The exhibit will continue to run through the end of November. The Oct. 29 festivities will include a presentation by a living Continue Reading

Military exibit

 The Gardner Historical Museum is displaying its annual Military exhibit. The exhibit features memorabilia, books and uniforms from local soldiers.

Historical museum purchases slice of American suburban history

Mica Marriott mmarriott@gardnernews.com The Gardner Historical Museum is excited to share its newest acquisition with the community, the museum recently purchased what they call, “The Bray House,” which is located directly to the north of their current facility. After the conclusion of World War II, the “Baby Boom” generation was beginning to sprout, and new Continue Reading