McPherson Museum exhibits are moving forward as the museum’s Nov. 30 opening draws closer.
An introduction kiosk is under construction at the exhibit entrance, which will offer guests an overview of the museum’s exhibits.
To the right, a large painting by Joel Gaeddert and Evan Fast has been completed. This paining resembles the work of Birger Sandzén.
A doorway in that wall leads to the art gallery, where artwork and artifacts are waiting to be put on display. Artwork from McPherson School District also may be displayed here or in other parts of the museum.
The fossil exhibit is being constructed along the north wall of the exhibit area. The University of Kansas is scheduled to restore and reassemble fossils of a giant sloth, dire wolf and sabre-tooth tiger that will be on display.
The exhibit will include other fossils as well as a desk where patrons can read more about the exhibit.
The meteorite display is still being built. It will include a collection of various types of meteorites.
Brett Whitenack, museum curator, said Kansas is second to Texas for the number of meteorites found within its borders and that the museum hopes to find one that landed in or near McPherson.
The exhibit area will include a small library where people can rest or read more about various exhibits.
Other exhibits will include a history of travel through McPherson County, including the Santa Fe trail, railroads and highways; a timeline by decade of the history of McPherson from 1872 to 1972; the oil and gas industry; a history of basketball in McPherson County, including a life-size painting of the Globe Refiners and high school basketball; and the McPherson College auto restoration program.
“We’re trying to expose people to our town, to the different facets of McPherson,” Whitenack said.
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