Medical tools from the former Reece Hospital in Gardner are among the business artifacts on display at the Gardner Historical Museum. Staff photo by Mark Taylor

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The Gardner Historical Museum is showcasing Gardner and Edgerton business-related artifacts in a display that will run for the next for the next three months.
The display represents more than 20 businesses from the past and present.
“They (businesses) are mainly from Gardner,” said Charlie Troutner, museum volunteer. “There are two or three from Edgerton. The items were supplied by individuals that had something to do with each business.”
Among the businesses represented are Forbes Grocery, Farmers Bank, the Gardner Depot in Gardner, and Ray’s Garage, Brassfield Sundries, and Edgerton State Bank in Edgerton.
Artifacts range from a set of medical tools from Reece Hospital and several pairs of boots made by the Hammon Boot Company.
Troutner said museum volunteers have been working on the display since January.
He said he hopes to have additional displays from the Downtowner Cafe and the Gardner Variety Store.
“We are still waiting on a couple more displays,” Troutner said. “We are not completely done, but it is close.”
Troutner said the museum plans to keep the display in place until the Gardner Edgerton High School reunion takes place in May.
“We wanted it to be open when all the alumni are in town,” he said.
The museum, located at 204 W. Main St., is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday to Tuesday and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Tours can also be arranged by appointment.
Admission is free.
For more information, call (913) 856- 4447.