301 Broadway Cottonwood Falls KS 66845 620.273.8500
Emporia Community Foundation
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"We owe it to the past and the future'...that our history not be lost. Such was the initial charge of the Chase County Historical Society.
Since its organization in 1934, the Chase County Historical Society has honored its rich historical heritage by preserving the county's early history. At the time of the Society's inception, the first Society president, C.W. Hawkins, charged the group to "Let us gather up the fragments that nothing be lost."
Today's Society mission is true to its origins. The Society continues to promote the illustrious history of Chase County by conserving the life stories and history of the people and culture of Chase County, and through educational programs, displays of local artifacts and memorabilia, access to newspaper and genealogical information, and on-going acquisition of historic pieces that will attract local, national, and international visitors.
This modern mission is addressed from large museum facilities (housed in two historic buildings), opened on a regular scheduled basis, genealogical library and research services, a knowledgeable director, permanent and rotating displays, availability for tours and school visits, and community cultural enrichment programs.
To continue to achieve the stated goals, the Society actively encourages
Chase County Country Christmas Nears
The Historical Society will be taking over the Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast during Country Christmas. It will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Emma Chase Café. It is one of our annual fund raisers. Also it is a great, tasty way to start a fun day of activities in our community. Begin your day with us, shop for unique presents in our local stores, meet Santa Claus in the entry hall of the Historic Courthouse, and witness the lighting of the Courthouse at 7 p.m.
New Military Room Needs Help
We are getting ready to create a dedicated room to our military collection. We would like to be able to display the uniforms in appropriate display cases. Plus we plan on featuring a uniform. The regular cases will cost approximately $275 and the full case will cost roughly $1400. Consider adopting a case for your upcoming annual donations. Of course, any amount will be welcome.
Director's Newspaper articles on Web
The monthly newspaper article from our Director is now available on-line. Check out the Museum Messenger page for her latest projects and information.
Resident $25/annual year
Organization $35/annual year
Student $10/annual year
Life-Time Patron $500 one-time gift
Chase County Courthouse
This 1872 French Renaissance inspired masterpiece crowns the head of Broadway Street. It has been rightly designated as one of the 8 wonders of Kansas Architecture. It is located one block south of the museum.
While Broadway Street is but three blocks long, it also is home to "Music at the Emma," an 8 wonders of Kansas Custom and the Grand Central Hotel, an 8 wonders of Kansas Cuisine finalist.
Broadway Street terminates at the beautiful historic stone bridge (site of the annual River Suite).
If you would like to know more about Chase County or just mingle with others, consider donating one day a month (4 hours) at the museum. We have tasks to match any skill or interest. Call 620.273.8500 for more information.
At the rear of the main museum buildings are a group of large objects including the pictured cooks wagon, a large replica of the Courthouse, and antique plow. Ask inside for access to this collection.
The Chase County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) corporation. Consider making a donation to the Society to be a part of saving our past for future generations. While you should always check with your accountant when making any charitable donation, generally, your deduction should be totally tax deductible.
All donations remain in our local community and are used to support and expand our beautiful historic museum and numerous artifacts.
The Historic Society has been active in preserving our past for almost eighty years. Our collection contains many items unique to our area and people.
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS 2013 SCHEDULE
Baby PP, our mini-director and honorary chair of the 2014 membership campaign, invites you to join the Museum in celebrating the Chase County County Christmas Celebration on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
The day begins at 8am at the Emma Chase Café. The Society has taken over sponsorship of the traditional Biscuits and Gravy breakfast (suggested donation $5) from 8am – 10 am.
During breakfast, the 2014 membership drive begins. Become a member and your name will appear on our signature quilt. What a great way to become part of our local history. (Original Life members can have their signatures on the quilt border for a $25). Membership rates are
Area Annual $ 25
Out-of-area Annual $ 35
Organization $ 35
Student $ 10
Junior $ 5
The museum will be open from 10am-7pm. Twirling around the exhibits will be the museum’s version of a Chase County Country Christmas princess (quarantee not what you’ll expect).
During the day, we will be showing children’s movies so the adults can browse in peace. We will also be selling coffee, hot chocolate, and popcorn in the common area.
Our gift shop has many new vintage consignment items plus our new bin sale (our version of a yard sale). These bins are filled with donations from our members.
The museum day will end with the appearance of our parade float. Our staff has done a great job. Unfortunately, we discovered the parade time has been changed from day to night so we’re afraid some of our clever details will be lost in the darkness.
Be sure and join the whole community in the many scheduled activities which will run from 8 am until 10is pm. See you on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
End-Of-Year Donations Sought
The Historical Society is seeking funds for a number of projects. Slowly we are making progress on our needs. The Highway 50 signs project is over half way toward its goal. The Military exhibit has received some nice small donations. If you are considering any year-end-donations, please consider your Historical Society.
Project #1--The miniature courthouse needs a dedicated trailer so that it can once again take part in our community celebrations. We have located the ideal trailer for $400.
Project #2--Our military exhibit redo is still awaiting the appropriate display cases for our uniform and flag collection. The cost for these display cases is approximately $5000.
Project #3--The Highway 50 signs, after eighteen years, need to be replaced. The sign east of Strong City was severely damaged by wind and has temporarily been removed. As the original signs were guaranteed for ten years, both signs are long over due for replacement. The replacement cost for the new signs is $6500.
Project #4--The south building of the Museum needs to have new gas lines because of leaking. Giiven the winter season approaches and heat will be required, this is a vital necessity.
To accomplish these projects, the Society needs to raise approximately $14000. If you are planning any year-end tax deductible donations, keep the Historical Society in mind. Any amount is welcome and will be acknowledged with a letter of receipt. Please note on your donation if you wish your dollars to be earmarked for a particular project. If no designation is made, the money will be used on a priority basis.
Also as the end of the year nears, money is always in short supply. All dollars help us keep our museum and research center open. Donations can safely be done on-line or mailed directly to PO Box 375, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
Photo by Beth Olson
VANISHING FOOTSTEPS #2
United Methodist Church and Parsonage
The history of this church is intertwined with the history of Chase County and dates before Chase County was a county or Kansas was a state. The Methodist Episcopal Church of Cottonwood Falls was organized by a Methodist minister and six male members on January 12, 1859, one month before
Territorial Governor Samuel Medary signed the bill that organized Chase County. As an afterthought, history says, their wives also became charter members.
Church services were often held outdoors or in members’ homes. In 1862, the County built its first courthouse, a 16’ x 24’ log building. After this, local churches and organizations held their services there.
The Methodist women formed the Mite Society. Their monthly dues helped finance the first church building. In the 1870-71 period, the Church erected a frame building at a cost of $2500 and a small parsonage. The original parsonage was replaced by the present parsonage in 1902. It stands immediately north of the church.
Almost four decades later, it was decided to construct a new, grander edifice. The Akorn design of architecture was selected. In preparing for the construction of the new Church, the old frame church was moved inch by inch into the First Street. This job was done so carefully that not a board
of its interior was disturbed. The frame church continued to be a place of worship until the new building was completed.
The present Cottonwood Limestone building was erected at a cost of $13000. It was dedicated in November of 1911. At the dedication, other churches in the area, cancelled their services so all those who wanted could attend the celebration of the new church.
The Mite Society over time has become the United Methodist Women. Through this organization, the church is supported and maintained. This beautiful church is located at 17 Oak Street in Cottonwood Falls. One block south of the southwest corner of the Courthouse, it is sited on the west side of
the street. Members are rightfully proud of their church so if you are interested in more information, the Church phone number is 620.273.8568.
We are located one block north of the historic Courthouse. Our museum is located in two historic buildings at 301/303 Broadway. Our telephone number is 620.273.8500. To reach us by e-mail: CsCoHist@sbcglobal.net.