The McPherson Museum celebrated one of its last events in its building on Euclid Street Saturday night with a dinner and magic-show fundraiser.


The McPherson Museum celebrated one of its last events in its building on Euclid Street Saturday night with a dinner and magic-show fundraiser.
Eric Vaughn and his wife, Kelly, performed rope tricks, card tricks and even an escape trick with the help of McPherson Museum board president Marck Cobb.
Eric is a McPherson native, who locals may remember by his given name, Eric Potter.
The event brought out about 40 guests who made donations toward a Chinese auction.
The museum will close its doors at Euclid for good on Sunday in preparation for its move to a new building that is being constructed at 1111 E. Kansas Ave. The museum is expected to remain closed until July 2013.
Executive director Carla Barber said the closure is necessary to give the staff time to pack the 25,000 artifacts housed in the museum’s current 6,000-square-foot facility.
The new building will be 23,500 square feet and contain a meeting room that can house up to 100 people. Other amenities will include an outdoor terrace, catering kitchen and snack area.
The new facility will be built on the location of the former Cedars nursing home.
Before the demolition of the old Cedars building begins, there will be a blessing at site at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“Many McPherson residents harbor fond memories of the old nursing home as place of employment, or the final residence of a parent or other relative,” a news release stated. “As a fitting farewell to the facility, a trio of local clergy will combine to offer a public blessing prior to the demolition of the building.”
The Reverends Kathy Neufeld Dunn, First Mennonite Church; Harry Grinstad, New Gottland Lutheran Church; and Father Laird McGregor, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church; will preside over the brief ceremony. Reverend Florence Crago, Cedars chaplain, will provide a brief history of the old Cedars. The public is encouraged to attend.
Due to the condition of the building, there will be no tours of the facility and the public is asked to respect the request to remain within the entryway and chapel while in the building.
The museum will conduct a final punch and cookies reception on Sunday — the final day the Euclid building will be open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the museum one last time and share their memories, Barber said.
The museum will continue its lecture series as planned. As the museum building will be closed, the lectures will be in city commission room of McPherson Municipal Building.
Contact the McPherson Museum with any questions at 241-8464.