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Stafford County Museum

old Farmers National Bank

Established 1976

100 North Main Street
Stafford, KS 67578

Phone: 620-234-5664

MUSEUM HOURS:

9am-3:30pm weekdays,
weekends & special tours by appointment.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
President: Marion L. Hearn
Vice-President: Barbara Grimmett
Secretary: Silva Scholes
Treasurer: Jean Fanshier
 
Zelma Lee Wendelburg
Don Hornbaker
Kenneth Clark
Marceline Masten
Susie McMillan
 
HERITAGE TRUST FUND GRANT
 
On February 9, 2013, the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review awarded the Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society a Heritage Trust Fund grant in the amount of $37,459. This was to help preserve the old Farmers National Bank building, which is now the Society's main museum.
 
The total cost of the project is $46,824, which leaves the museum responsible for $9,365 in matching funds. Donations for the matching funds in this project have fallen short by about $2,000. Any assistance from patrons in this department would be most helpful at this time.
 
Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. of Fort Scott worked Sept. 25 through Oct. 16. Their work included repairing and replacing 26 windows on the north facade, including sills; repairing and repainting of east and north wooden exterior doors and repairing and repainting of cornice and baluster. Franco Construction of Stafford repaired, replaced and repainted damaged plaster at the northeast interior room on the second level.
 
We are still waiting for some work that includes roof patching and replacement of the downspout and scupper. Wray Roofing will be doing this work.
 
GRAY STUDIO GLASS NEGATIVES UPDATE

In 2013, we received four grants for the glass negatives project this year:
 
Golden Belt Community Foundation, $200.
 
Kansas Humanities Council, $3497.
 
Midwest Energy, Inc., $400.
 
South Central Community Foundation, $950.
 
Envelopes and boxes to process 5,000 negatives have been ordered. The museum is in great need for volunteers to help with every aspect of the project: cleaning, cataloging, data input and scanning.
 
In October 2012, the Kansas Humanities Council produced five five-minute films to celebrate its 40th anniversary. One of the films was about the Gray Studio glass negatives.

On Nov. 4, 2012, W.R. Gray (1865-1947) was featured on Hatteberg's People on KAKE-TV News.

On Sept. 19, 2013, W.R. Gray (1865-1947) was featured on Sunflower Journeys (KTWU-Channel 11, Topeka).
 
About 6,500 photos taken from the glass negatives are accessible on the Forsythe Library (Fort Hays State University) website, along with whatever info we found in Mr. Gray's 11 original ledgers. Corrections and clarifications are welcome.
 
The links below will take you to the films and to the Forsythe Library archive.

Go to Gray Studio Photos at Forsythe Library

Go to KHC film about glass negatives

Go to W.R. Gray on "Hatteberg's People"

Go to more of the story at "Hatteberg's People"

Go to W.R. Gray on Sunflower Journeys

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