The McPherson Museum got its start in 1968 as the City/McPherson College Museum. Now, 50 years later, visitors are invited to take part in a week-long celebration of its success and take in its exhibits.

Each day on Aug. 6 through 10, there will be a unique event that highlights an area of the museum. There will even be a special price for the museum’s week of celebration — admission will be 50 cents each day.

“A 50th anniversary is kind of a milestone,” Anna Ruxlow, director of McPherson Museum, said. “For something to remain for 50 years, there’s no accident.”

The museum was previously at 1130 E. Euclid St. in McPherson, in a 1920s Tudor Revival built as a private home. McPherson Museum’s new building is at 1111 E. Kansas Ave., on what was the site of the original Cedars Nursing Home.

Re-enactor Bill Nicks will appear as Dr. Nasmith at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6.

“He will talk about the history of basketball and the Globe Refiners,” Ruxlow said.

The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor trolley rides through the city that start at the museum on Aug. 7.

“You can ride the trolley and learn a little more about the houses and buildings in McPherson and the activities that have happened here over the years,” Ruxlow said.

The hour-long tours will start at 9 and 10:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Space is limited, so seats on the trolley will be first come, first served.

“There are four different people that will be giving the tour, so if you went every time, you might get a different perspective,” Ruxlow said.

“Ice Cream with the Ice Age Fossils” is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8.

Visitors can enjoy ice cream from Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers and learn about the museum’s fossil collection. Visitors get to hunt for their own fossils.

“You can hunt for real fossils — shark’s teeth, mainly,” Ruxlow said.

Mid-Kansas Model Railroaders will stop by the museum at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 to talk about the history of railroads in McPherson and show off McPherson Museum’s model train display.

Children are invited to make sidewalk chalk drawings at 9 a.m. on Aug. 10, and then enjoy a magic show starting at 10 a.m. that day.

The McPherson CVB will set up face painting and visitors can tour museum’s art gallery, which features pieces from USD 418’s collection.

“We wanted to focus on the different areas of the museum,” Ruxlow said. “People will get to enjoy them in a different aspect.”

McPherson area residents were influential in the museum’s longevity and the museum is hosting the anniversary events in part to thank the nearby communities for their patronage.

“This is not just about the museum,” Ruxlow said. “People have supported it for 50 years and we hope they’ll continue to support it.”

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