NEWS RELEASE
DATE: Feb. 17, 2017
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664

Museum Closed Feb. 20, Followed by Two Public Programs Tuesday

The Finney County Historical Museum will be closed Feb. 20 in observance of President’s Day, but it will reopen Feb. 21 to host two public presentations.

Regular hours will be in effect before and after the holiday, including exhibit viewing 1-5 p.m. seven days weekly, and office hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and information is available at 620-272-3664. The museum is located at 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park.

The programs on Feb. 21, also both free, include a Brown Bag Lunch session at noon about early-day law enforcement in Garden City, presented by Johnetta Hebrlee, museum education coordinator; and an Evening at the Museum session at 7 p.m. by Linda Peters of Lakin, focusing on the Santa Fe Trail Association and the trail itself.

The Brown Bag Lunch programs take place at noon each Tuesday in February. The Evening at the Museum programs are offered at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, sponsored by Kansas Chapter 62 of the AT&T Pioneers. Those who attend should use the north museum entrance. The museum staff provides beverages and dessert, and those who attend are welcome to bring their own lunch or dinner.

Hebrlee’s noon program is entitled “Marshal, Sheriff, Police Chief, the history of Finney County Law Enforcement.” She is planning to highlight the evolution of law enforcement in the earliest decades of the county’s development, using information and pictures.

During the evening program, Peters will explain the history of the Santa Fe Trial, dating back to 1821, as well as the programs, activities and membership opportunities the association offers. The trail, which passed through Finney County, stretched from Missouri to Santa Fe, in what is now the state of New Mexico, serving as a major route for trade and western expansion.

Anyone with questions may contact the museum at 620-272-3664.