Prairie Village Museum Spring Cleaning

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Warmer weather is just around the corner and many people are working on their yearly spring cleaning session.
Hannah Davis visited Rugby to learn how the Prairie Village Museum prepares for its visitors.
It may look like winter outside, but at the Prairie Village Museum, it’s still the perfect time for spring cleaning.
“So we need to get things all tidied up after a whole year of being closed up for the season. There’s lots of cobwebs to wipe away and windows to wash and things like that.” said Cathy Jelsing, Executive Director of the Prairie Village Museum.
However, the museum is too big for any one person to clean alone.
“We have a massive collection, there’s 30 buildings here and about twenty of those are historical buildings that were moved down to the site.” said Cathy Jelsing, Executive Director of the Prairie Village Museum.
Seven years ago, Jelsing decided to do an organized event and invited people to come out and help spruce up the place.
“I have cards that have all the buildings written on them so then I let the volunteers pick the building that they want to do. And then they’ll take the card out and clean that building, and then we know it’s been done. It’s nice to have volunteers kind of get started in doing the spring cleaning.” said Cathy Jelsing, Executive Director of the Prairie Village Museum.
Although the cleaning is hard work, some volunteers still return year after year to offer a hand.
“It’s just an enjoyable time to get together with everybody, have a little food, clean the place up so it’ll be ready for the tourists and the memberships.” said Dennis Miller, Secretary on the Board.
The museum is full of objects from around the area that date as far back as the late eighteen hundreds.
Amongst the buildings are a jailhouse, blacksmith shop, a telephone office, and a schoolhouse.
“It’s a good place to be. I know there’s a lot of people who don’t know about it and it’s kind of a hidden treasure. So if I, you know, you get a chance to come to Rugby, come and check out this museum. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye, from the highway anyway.” said David Sjol, Volunteer.
The displays will look fresh and clean by the time the museum reopens for the season.
In Rugby, Hannah Davis, KX News.
The museum will be reopened for the public to visit on May 15th.

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