Smith County Historical Society ‘wine and chocolate’ fundraiser

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A fundraiser in its third year at the new historical building in Smith Center has been the popular wine and chocolate night. Different snacks were present to dip in the chocolate fondue, along with three or four different wines and beer to drink.

The society has many historical places in the county to provide information about. The Home on the Range cabin, the center of the contiguous United States, the Dutch Mill in Wagner Park, and the replica of the statue of liberty near Gaylord. {{more}}

Combine all those and these attractions will take curiosity seekers in many directions in the county. The big hit of the society is the huge scrapbook of newspaper stories including engagements, obituaries, businesses and interesting articles about the citizens.

One interesting poster is about Jud Wagner who was the town’s oldest living Marine. He was well over 100 when he passed away.

On the premises of the historical society is a church that was moved in, and larger building that houses large historical items and even a small handmade car. Outside is some equipment including a snow plow handmade by Frank Black for Lebanon, Kansas, over 60 years ago.

There was a raffle to be won and many prizes to draw for.

Sharon Black is from Smith Center, Kansas. We welcome her to our team of volunteers.

Smith Center KansasSharon Black has been writing for many years including newspapers, short stories, and as a publisher. She was born in Nebraska and has lived in Kansas most of her life. In her hometown of Smith Center, Kansas, Willa Cather’s hometown is to the north and Bob Dole’s hometown is to the south. Sharon is a press release writer for the National Parks Arts Foundation, and writes for b U n e k e magazine. The biggest project she has accomplished is co-writer of the TV movie Home on the Range. The movie is about the song, which is the state song of Kansas and the lawsuit surrounding it in the 1930s, and finding the rightful author of the song. Sharon is distantly related to the Mississippi writer Eudora Welty.

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