Lorraine Effenbeck Jean Fanshier Barbara Grimmett Steve Hartnett Pat Houston Linda Lamb Linda Westfahl
Executive Director: Michael Hathaway
Museum Receives $2000 grant from South Central Community Foundation
The Stafford Co. Historical Society was awarded a $2,000 grant from South Central Community Foundation (SCCF). This grant was awarded to support the museum's Veterans' Memorial Exhibit Preservation project. The permanent exhibit is housed on the second story of the Farmers National Bank and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. You may call ahead, 620-234-5664; e-mail email@example.com; or drop into the office/library at 100 N. Main Street in Stafford, and ask to see it.
SCCF's purpose is to enrich the quality of life for people in the counties of Barber, Comanche, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Rice, and Stafford. The beginning of SCCF can best be described by the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”In 1994, a group of committed, future-focused citizens met to discuss how they could retain resources in the area for the benefit of charitable work. Through their vision, South Central Community Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a not-for-profit corporation for charitable purposes and began work toward the mission of “Assuring a Bright Future for South Central Kansas.” For more information about SCCF, visit them here: South Central Kansas Foundation.
HUMANITIES KANSAS SHARP RECOVERY GRANT 2021
TOPEKA – Humanities Kansas recently awarded a SHARP Recovery Grant in the amount of $3,352 to Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society (SCHGS) in Stafford. Michael Hathaway serves as project director. The SCHGS was formed in 1976. Its mission is to collect, research and preserve the history of the county. The museum is located at 100 N. Main in Stafford and is open from 9am-3:30pm weekdays. The SHARP Recovery Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Grants are for general operating support, staff retention, and needed digital and/or operational transitions for cultural work in the post-pandemic era. Humanities Kansas awarded 121 SHARP grants statewide. “Humanities Kansas is honored to be able to support Kansas cultural organizations as we recover from the impact of Covid,” said Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas Executive Director. “This past year has demonstrated that Kansans lean into the humanities during challenging times. Kansas cultural organizations that do work in the humanities provide important social connections and contribute to the economic well-being and strength of our communities.” Funds have been made available through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden. Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, HK’s pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with statewide partners and supporters, HK inspires all Kansans to draw on diverse histories, literatures, and cultures to enrich their lives and to serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit them online: Humanities Kansas.
FARMERS NATIONAL BANK RENOVATIONS
We are working on raising funds to repair the bricks around the roof of the Farmers National Bank, and a large crack in the south wall. Estimate for repairs were $14,000. We are on the contractor's schedule for fall. We have raised more than half of that and hope you will help us reach our goal by fall 2021.
MUSEUM THRIFT SHOP
New in the museum library is a little thrift shop up front. Items available are DVD movies, music and game CDs, hand-crafted items, our souvenir playing cards, other odds & ends, and homemade jellies & jams by Pat Houston: Grape Jelly, Apple Butter, Peach Preserves, Currant Jelly, Peach Seed Jelly, $5 per jar.
PERMANENT QUILT EXHIBIT
The exhibit displays all of the quilts in the museum’s collection. Along with quilts, the display features many other exquisite hand-crafted textile artifacts, such as examples of tatting, and items in which the craftswomen raised and harvested the wool, spun the wool into thread, wove it into strips, and sewed the strips into bed covers. For more information and photos, look for Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society on Facebook.
In 2020, the museum was awarded a $650 grant from National Society of Daughters of the Revolution (NSDAR) to purchase clips to hang quilts from 10 new quilt racks. The racks have been installed, and quilts have been hung on them.
STAFFORD COUNTY SOUVENIR PLAYING CARDS
$10 per deck
Stafford County Souvenir Playing Cards, printed on high quality playing card stock. These cards make a fun & fascinating collectible as well as a wonderful gift. Each card highlights a different historical photo & fact about our County.
The tuck-box is adorned with a colorful 1929 architect's drawing of our Courthouse and the back of each card shows a colorized postcard photo of our museum building as it was in 1910.
We are grateful to everyone who participated in this fundraising project by sponsoring a card. Communities represented by our sponsors in the cards are Hudson, Macksville, Radium, St. John, Stafford and Zenith as well as our rural areas.
We can mail them for an additional $3.00 per deck for shipping/handling. Payment may be made by check or money order to the address above, or via Paypal using our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the official website of the Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society. The mission of the Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society is to collect, research and preserve the history of Stafford County, Kansas. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Stop 9410, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.