It’s here! The twenty-one crates that contain the Smithsonian exhibit arrived on time! The display was assembled last Monday by Sharon Sturgis, the library staff, and other people from Goodland, Greensburg, Atchison, Perry, and Humbolt, who will also have the display in their communities. It took approximately four hours to complete the installation. Along with the Smithsonian exhibit, our community will be interested in seeing all of the work Sharon has done to feature our local teams and talents. Visitors will enjoy viewing a wall of historical photos featuring Ellinwood teams dating back to the 19th century, as well as old-time sports equipment such as a football, baseball, basketball, soccer ball and more. “Heroes on the Sidelines,” will also be popular, because it celebrates those who work behind the scenes to make local sports successful. In the hallway, Michele Martin and Julie Blakeslee have featured some of our athlete’s more recent successes. The exhibit officially opened with a Chamber Coffee Friday, and will remain in Ellinwood through March 15. Other activities associated with this display include: History of Ellinwood Basketball with Dennis Hammer, Hospital Education Room, Tuesday, Feb. 3 - 6:30 p.m.; KU Speaker, Dr. Michael J. Zogry “Faith and Basketball”, Ellinwood Library, Sunday, Feb. 8 - 1:30 p.m.; Kansas Hall of Fame Director, Jordan Poland: “The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas”, Ellinwood Library Sunday, Feb. 22 - 1:30 p.m.
This exhibit is brought to us, thanks to Sharon Sturgis, the Kansas Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.