This year’s Annual Meeting (open to all members) will be held in downtown Eudora. The meeting will take place at the Eudora City Hall where there will be a brief business meeting beginning at 1:45. This will be followed by a presentation from Eudora Area Historical Society (EAHS) Executive Director, Ben Terwilliger. Following his presentation, he will lead us to the Eudora Community Museum, a short walking distance away, for a guided tour.
The Eudora Community Museum was opened earlier this year by the EAHS, and it maintains the history of Eudora and the surrounding communities of Clearfield, Fall Leaf, Hesper, Prairie Center and Weaver. Collections cover themes including the Shawnee Indians, Oregon Trail, Civil War, late-19th century development, the African-American community, and the Sunflower Ammunition Plant.
In the works since 2011, the new museum is housed in the John Seybold building, which was donated to EAHS in 2013 by owner Pam Staab. Several phases of rehabilitation work have occurred since then, with a lot of hands-on community support and grants from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council totaling $84,500. Plenty of parking will be available on the street behind City Hall, as well as in the parking lot of Pilla Park across from City Hall.