NEWS RELEASE
December 19, 2016
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664

 

HISTORIC FINNEY COUNTY CALENDARS NOW ON SALE AT MUSEUM

Limited edition for 2017 features pictures of local homes from 19th and early 20th Century

Southwest Kansans can look at the future and the past at the same time if they take home one of the new 2017 Historic Finney County Calendars now on sale in the gift shop at the Finney County Museum.

Created with the theme of “Home Sweet Home,” the Finney County Historical Society calendars feature early photos of a dozen historic Garden City houses, many dating to the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, accompanied by information about their original owners or builders.

The 11 by 17-inch wall calendars are available in limited quantities at $12 each. Created as a fund-raising project to benefit museum programs, this new edition of the calendar is sponsored by the Finney County Farm Bureau Association, Heritage Realty, DV Construction and one anonymous supporter.

Among structures featured in the calendar are the rural home of early-day ranchers Sam and Hallie Bullard; the 1907 S.C. Rosencrans house at Seventh and Walnut, later home to Judge W.E. Hutchison; the steeple-crowned 1905 home of Seraphin Clyde and Ethel Niquette, built at Sixth and Walnut in 1905; the 1907 John H. and Olive Burnside home on West Walnut, recently refurbished by Max and Diane Crockett; and Sunnyland, the familiar brick Victorian house near St. Catherine Hospital that now operates as a bed and breakfast inn.

Others range from the 1885 Myton house at 504 N. Sixth, later owned by Ed and Clara Fulton Wirt, which was demolished in the 1970s; The Elms, the wooden frame house of E.J. Pyle that stood at Eleventh and Elm until destroyed by fire in 1963; and five additional structures.

The calendars incorporate dates of 2017 FCHS events and activities as well, space for notes and other features.

The gift shop, located inside the museum at 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park, is open 1 to 5 p.m. seven days weekly except Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The store also features wares created by Southwest Kansas artists and artisans, items and icons featuring Kansas and sunflowers, gifts linked to history and culture, books written by regional authors and toys inspired by past times. In addition, the museum offers “This is Our Town,” a nostalgic 1950s video featuring 60 minutes of scenes in and around Garden City, and Jumpy Monkey ground coffees in flavors named for people and places from Finney County history.