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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Museum to unveil new facility

  • The McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation Hospitality Center will have its grand opening from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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  • The McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation Hospitality Center will have its grand opening from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
    A ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., and tours of the new facilities will begin at 3 p.m.
    A DJ will provide oldie, big band and popular music for the event, and Bernard’s will provide refreshments.
    Carla Barber, the museum’s executive director, said the Hospitality Center is at the south end and includes a reception area and a theater.
    The Gathering Hall, the Feature Exhibit Hall and the Family Adventure Center will all be available for the public to rent when exhibits don’t occupy them.
    “It’s a new building meant to be a community center,” Barber said.
    The theater will play historical and educational movies.
    The tours will go through exhibit halls, storage rooms and other parts of the museum. Barber said the rest of the museum will open Nov. 30 when exhibits are complete.
    Barber said the tours will give the public the chance to see what the museum offers.
    Exhibits include a feature on Central Christian College and McPherson College with a mural by Naomi Ullum on the history of Central Christian.
    Another will include fossils of a saber tooth tiger, giant sloth and dire wolf discovered by Dr. J. Z. Gilbert in the La Brea tar pits in the early 1900s. Ullum painted a mural for the La Brea tar pit exhibit as well.
    There also will be a mural depicting how McPherson was settled and has grown over the years.
    Another exhibit will include the museum’s collection of meteorites and J. Willard Hershey’s desk. Hershey created the first synthetic diamond and was head of McPherson College's chemistry department from 1918 to 1945.
    Barber said those who attend can expect a good time.
    “It’ll be a nice social afternoon,” Barber said.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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