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Historical Society Pulls Out Stops On New Projects

Outer construction has been completed on the new Rose Hill Historical Society display building and members have now turned their energies toward fundraising efforts to finish the inside of the structure. These events were under discussion during their monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Historical Society President Keith Cox led the meeting with secretary Janie Barnard, treasurer Cindy Bradford, Becky Reirson, Rhonda Cooper, Marion Futhey, Trevor Johnson, Marty Herbers, Mark and Virginia Alley and Chris Wendt with guests Lyle Spicer and Tracy Patterson Cooksey in attendance.

The $500 Jack Carr Memorial Scholarship was approved and will be awarded to a Rose Hill High School graduating senior this spring. Barnard will contact RHHS counselors and prepare the scholarship forms. The scholarship committee will be Barnard, Cooper and Jamie Brazda.
The 2017 chamber of commerce membership dues of $100 was also approved. Other financial and committee business was handled and the discussion turned to the first of two major fundraising events.

Reirson is the fundraising chairperson and had been seeking business donations with much success. Plans have been finalized for the Soup Supper which will be held Saturday, March 4 at the Rose Hill Recreation Center at 5 p.m. A variety of soups, Sloppy Joe sandwiches, desserts and beverages will be served for a (suggested) donation of $5 or $8 for adults and $3 or $5 for children 10 years old and under beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be door prizes, raffles and fellowship.

Guest speaker Jim Hoy of Emporia State University will talk on the folklife of ranching, a topic on which he has lectured internationally, at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and all community members are invited to attend.

Most Kansans are familiar with the stories of grasshoppers so big that cowboys could ride them, or summers so hot that corn popped in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales, but these exaggerated narratives help Kansans understand the character of their state and its people. This presentation will explore some of the many legends and folktales from around the state, and what they say about the commu- nities that keep these stories alive.
An authority on the folklife of ranching, Hoy is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. He has lectured internationally on the folklife of ranching and is the co-author of “Plains Folk,” a syndicated newspaper column.
A silent auction of sorts will also be featured following the lecture. Raffle tickets will be sold for the auction items as well as grab bags. Guests will put their tickets in jars in front of the items and winners will be drawn.

Members have been asked to contribute to the evening by making soups for the event, which will be under the supervision of Gloria Cox, taking donations and selling raffle tickets as well as set-up and clean-up duties. Contact Becky Reirson at 316-285-8215 for more information.

A new 130-Year Rose Hill Anniversary t-shirt is being designed and will be ready to order at the event. The grey shirt will feature Mark Alley’s pictures of the old Rose Hill High School, the Friends Church and the old depot depicted in black. A Rose Hill timeline will appear on the back. The shirts will available for a suggested donation of $15 and will be available in size small and up. Car raffle tickets will also be offered.

Saturday, April 29 is city-wide garage sale and the museum will host an outdoor Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space will be limited but anyone in the community may participate for a small donation. Registration forms will soon be on the historical website This is a great way to sell a few things but not have to set up your own garage sale.

Pledges for the new building are being taken to have the names of community residents or possibly their ancestors, added to the plaque in the new building. For information and forms for any of these things see Check under news for these forms.

Saturday, May 6 will bring the First Annual Historical Society Car Show. Registration will begin at 8 to 10 am and the show will run to 4 pm. Local youth groups will provide food and refreshments and include the Rose Hill Christian Church What's Next Ministry group who
will serve Little Caeser's Pizza along with their Rose Hill Middle School/High School Youth group with walking tacos. The Rose Hill High School StuCo have BBQ sandwiches, chips and cookies on their menu and the Cheer Squad will add chili frito pie and shaved ice. ROCKET HOOPS Boys and Girls will have hot dogs. Rose Hill Rustlers 4-H Club will serve coffee and donuts during registration from 8 to 10 a.m. and the Purple Heart 4-H Club will have soda and water available. The pre-show entry fee is $10 and includes a car show t-shirt. Fees the day of the show are $15. For More Information contact Reirson at 316-285-8215 or Nick Jones at 316-776-9069. To enter, or for more information see the website. Adult categories will include Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Muscle Car, Best Corvette, Best Motorcycle, Best Truck, Best Custom, Best Mustang (Early and Late), Best Camaro (Early and Late) and Best Antique (Pre War and Post War).

There will also be Kids Classes with age ranges from two to five years old, six to 12 and 13 to 18 with a fee of $5 per entry. Categories will be Pinewood Derby Cars, Lego Cars Vehicles, Peddle Cars, Peddle Tractors and Ride Ons.

Historical Society meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Pleasant School Center at 7 p.m.