The Wellsville Historical Society has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Kansas Historical Society’s Heritage Trust Fund to restore a historical Wellsville building for the society’s operations.
The society purchased the former Wellsville Bank building, 418 Main St., in October 2013 and began fundraisers to restore the building but needed additional funding to complete the project.
Janet Broers, grant administrator and co-chair of the society’s building committee, said plans are underway to create a museum and an education center for the community. The process of restoring the building was developed by an architectural engineer and is expected to take about four years. The $90,000 grant will take care of the major problems of building.
“We’re very excited about the grant,” she said. “We really think it will be good — not only for Wellsville but for all of Franklin County.”
The bank was built in 1884, and was the first brick building and bank in Wellsville. While the Wellsville Bank business no longer exists, the building still stands and was registered with the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1991. The Wellsville Historical Society is currently located in an office suite of Layton Real Estate’s building, 517 Main St., Wellsville.