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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Presentation on Plains Indians and forts to highlight Historical Society meeting

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  • A presentation on the Cheyenne and Pawnee Indians will be featured at the annual membership meeting of the Pratt County Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the museum. The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
    Roy Hargadine, of the National Parks Service, will talk and show slides about the Indians, and also about Plains forts and their importance to the frontier.
    The meeting will include election of new board members and an update by Society president Marji Buck.
    Museum volunteers continue to make progress on the Main Street addition; you can almost smell fresh bread in the bakery, curator Marsha Brown notes in the March newsletter.
    A museum committee is looking at exhibits and making notes of things that need to be spruced up or changed in the next year to keep displays fresh.
    A new acquisition is a stained glass window from the former Cairo Methodist Church, donated by Frank and Marcy Albritten and refurbished by A.G. and Debbie Boley. The window has been placed in the chapel.
    The Cairo Methodist Church was organized in 1894 and met in a schoolhouse until a church was built in 1913. It burned in 1943, and church was held again in a schoolhouse until 1945, when a new brick church was dedicated. The last service was held Oct. 25, 1981.
    The Albrittens bought the building and converted it to a residence. During the "deconstruction," many items were salvaged and given to the museum, according to the newsletter. In 1996, a chapel was built on the second floor, and the pews, lectern, communion ware and table, offering places, flower stands, the Christian flag and a picture of Christ all found a new home.
    Annual membership in the Historical Society is available for $15, or a lifetime membership is $100. Other ways to support the society include memorials, with memorial plaques available for gifts of $200, $500 or $1,000, or "just because" donations.
    It's a good idea ask before donating materials, but family histories, old photographs, school annuals and other miscellaneous paper or advertising items are always on the museum's "want list."

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