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‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ exhibit showing locally
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ELLINWOOD — It’s here! Ellinwood: Continuous Innovation Exhibit is at the Ellinwood School/Community Library! Our exhibit is one of 10 partner exhibits in the state of Kansas. “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Humanities Kansas. We want to thank everyone who attended our ribbon cutting and Chamber Coffee last Friday to open our exhibit. It will run through Dec. 2.

Additional events within this time frame will include: “Murder at Ellinwood’s Diamond Jubilee, 1953,” presented by Mike Westerman at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28; “Kansas’ Local Architecture: History, Place, and Identity,” presented by Liz Kowalchuk at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16; Yoga with Charmion Harris at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18; and, “‘I would like to express my views...’: Kansans Write to Congress, 1960-1968,” presented by Audrey Coleman to our EHS history students.  

We would also like to thank all of the following for their contributions to this exhibit. Joyce and Joe Schulte, Lois Hammer, and Robert Yarmer with Ellinwood Historical Society and Museum of Ellinwood for collaborating on this exhibit, as well as researching and providing pictures; Robert Yarmer and Amy Hammeke for research regarding our past libraries up through our school/community library; Jerry Smith for his beautiful pictures, time, and talent; Chris McCord and Beth Brummer for the Wolf Hotel display; Scott and Jennie Andersen for the Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co. display and for creating a special candle for this exhibit; and Humanities Kansas and Ellinwood Public Education and Library Foundation for the grant to fund this project. We hope our patrons have a chance to come in and appreciate where Ellinwood has been and what it has to offer now.

Sheri Holmes is the director of library and media services for the Ellinwood School and Community Libraries. She can be reached by email at