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‘Broadway Beauties’ encore coming
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Toddlers Jack and Patty Russell play on their rocking horses in front of their grandfather, R. C. “Coe” Russell’s home on Broadway about 1940. The home of Ezekiel and Anna McBride is pictured in the background.

The Barton County Historical Society will host an encore presentation by Justin Engleman of his “Broadway Beauties,” at 7 p.m., Monday, April 22 in the Ray Schulz Library at the historical society, 85 South U.S. 281, Great Bend. The program features many of the historic homes on Great Bend’s Broadway Avenue, with some additional information added for this encore presentation. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members.

The program will feature historic as well as contemporary photographs of these residences, as well as their occupants. The earliest featured home was built about 1875, by G. Louis Brinkman for his bride. The latest featured home was built in 1926 by the grandson of Amasa C. Moses, one of the first residents of Barton County.

Engleman has discovered several local families who had multiple family members living on Broadway and will discuss these relationships and how these people contributed to the building of early day Great Bend. At least two of the homes are presently occupied by the second owners of the homes, with each of the houses being at least 100 years old.