September 11, 2016
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664


Southwest Kansans interested in local history can count on a trio of opportunities this fall in the third annual Evening at the Museum series, which is set to start Sept. 20 with a program about collecting antiques.

Patterned after the Finney County Historical Society’s popular Brown Bag Lunch programs, the series features a different presentation on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April.

All the programs begin at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Most run about one hour. Those who attend are welcome to bring their own dinner, if desired. The museum staff will provide dessert and beverages.

Sponsored by Kansas Chapter 62 of the AT&T Pioneers, the sessions will open Sept. 20 with “The Art of Collecting,” by antique acquirer and dealer Jody Bennett, who will share his insights and expertise. Those who attend should use the north entrance of the museum.

Bennett is a Garden City native and staff member at Tyson Fresh Meats. He is also a noted buyer, seller and collector of antiques, and has served as lead appraiser each year at the Southwest Kansas Antiques Appraisal Fair since the event began in 2012. In that capacity, he has helped evaluate keepsakes and heirlooms ranging from pottery, glassware, photographs, lamps and tools to pocket knives, pocket watches, brooches and numerous additional objects from the present day to the 1800s and earlier.

Other segments scheduled this fall include Firearms of the Old West, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, featuring Cowboy Action Shooting enthusiast Lary Cole; and “My Immigration Story” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15. The Nov. 15 program is devoted to the immigration stories of Southwest Kansas families, so anyone interested in sharing their own roots is welcome to contact Museum Education Coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee at 620-272-3664.


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