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Blue Rapids Museum To Host Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

The Kansas Humanities Council approved a grant in the amount of $1,410 to the Blue Rapids Museum to enable them to be a partner site for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked. The Humanities Council is proud that museums, historical societies, and public libraries will take the lead in continuing the critical conversation about work and working in Kansas with new exhibitions, oral history projects, public programs and special events.

Because the Blue Rapids Museum treasures the interior shots of historic businesses, it has been a dream to photograph all workers in the interior of all businesses in town in 2012. With the support of this grant, this project will proceed. Tom Parker will be the photographer and will be accompanied by a volunteer who will gather names, facts about the business and other interesting data to accompany the photos. Volunteers will be creating interview questions and answer forms, making appointments for the photo shoots and typing. Call if you would like to help with this project—Pat Osborne 785 363 7949.

The Museum Board plans to proceed with major roof repairs, wiring and wall finishing and have the new room ready to mount this special exhibit by the middle of 2013.

Current BR Museum board members are: Pat Osborne, President; Lori Parker, Vice President; Betty Ball, Secretary; Lyle Brooks, Treasurer; Helen Johnston, Membership; Nancy Nolte, Curator; Betty Brake, Lynne Turner, Dee DeMelo, Pam Bulson, Dale Whiting and Helen and Maxine Haller as Advisory Board.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.