Tag: historical

Downtown Lincoln listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Lincoln’s downtown commercial district was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 1, 2020. The district’s buildings date from between 1881 to 2001 with two-thirds of them being built by or before 1920. 

Lincoln’s City Park listed in the National Register of Historic Places

A survey of Lincoln’s City Park has been completed to determine if the area would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to the City to help maintain and improve the park.

Historic Survey of Downtown Sylvan Grove

A survey of downtown Sylvan Grove has been completed to determine if the overall downtown district (and/or individual properties within it) would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to property owners to help maintain and improve their properties.

Stertz’s completed restoration project on Lincoln Avenue

Next door to the historic Cummins Block Building on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Third street, sits another piece of Lincoln history restored. Craig and Mary Ann Stertz completed four years of restoration work and hosted an Open House in August for the community to see the finished work. (Courtesy photo)

Stop and Shop celebrates 50 years

stop shop

After 50 years, the VFW Auxiliary’s all-volunteer Stop and Shop store is still donating profits back into the community to support local charitable projects and the country’s veterans. | Courtesy Photo

Redevelopment of the former Lincoln High School

Since 1922, the former Lincoln High School has stood as a cornerstone of the community at the south end of 4th Street. Although it has largely sat vacant since the last class graduated from it in 1996, a group of local citizens organized the 1922 Foundation, a non-profit 501c(3), to purchase the building and work towards redeveloping the building into a new use.

Historical society and museum hires new director

Bud DeArvil

The Lincoln County Museum sees a change in leadership as one director retires and a new one is hired.

Barnard Post Office celebrates 135 years

Barnard post office

The Barnard Post Office celebrated 135 years since it was established on May 18, 1882.

Preserving Lincoln – Crispins receive Advocacy Award for Excellence

Advocacy award

The Kansas Preservation Alliance awarded Jack and Kathie Crispin a 2017 Advocacy Award for Excellence for the rehabilitation of the Cummins Block Building in downtown Lincoln and for their work of promoting and preserving history through their museums. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

2017 Live Lincoln County magazine now available

LLC magazine 2017

After months of work, the 2017 Live Lincoln County magazine is here! Both print and online digital editions are now available.

Historic preservation is economic development

A key to being successful in economic development is figuring out what makes us unique and capitalizing on it. We live in a beautiful part of the state with one of our most noteworthy features being our limestone buildings, fence rows, and structures. These are huge assets for us we can use to grow our economy.

Effort begins to preserve buildings in Denmark

Denmark Kansas

Work is underway in Denmark, Kansas, to preserve the buildings representing the community’s early history and Danish heritage. | Photo credit: Jennifer McDaniel

Lutheran churches to celebrate 135th

The St. John and Bethlehem Lutheran churches in Lincoln and Sylvan Grove celebrated a milestone as both houses of worship observed their 135th anniversaries with special events and activities. | Photo credit: Tyler Gier

Crispin’s Drug Store Museum

Jack Crispin, a long-time pharmacist who owned and operated Crispin Pharmacy in Lincoln for many years, opened Crispin’s Drug Store Museum in 2007. The museum, which is brimming with Crispin’s vast pharmacy artifacts collection, recreates the drugstore atmosphere at the turn of the 20th Century when pharmacists were transitioning from preparing ingredients and products from …

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Live Lincoln County magazine released

After months of work, the new Live Lincoln County magazine is available in both print and online digital publication formats.

Work begins on Sylvan depot foundation

This past month a new concrete foundation was poured for the Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Railroad Depot, replacing the crumbling underpinning supporting the last surviving depot in Lincoln County.

Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove awarded grant

Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove

Nearly $10,000 in funding has been awarded to the Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove to support portions of a much larger restoration effort | Photo by Kelly Larson

Historic Sylvan depot moved

Historic Sylvan depot moved – Restoration begins with temporary relocation | Photo by Kelly Larson

Historic Highlights of Lincoln County, KS

brochure

This brochure, printed in 2001 by the Lincoln Art Center, is an adaptation of a 1937 original edition by Frank Arlo Cooper (1904-1968). It includes a hand-drawn map of many historical markers and locations of historical significance in Lincoln County.

Lincoln Reenactment

Lincoln Reenactment Abraham Lincoln Look-A-Like contest | Photo by Kathie Crispin

Village Lines

Village Lines, owned by history buff and author Marilyn Helmer, is a store on Lincoln Avenue celebrating Kansas products and hospitality since 1986. This is a special shop with a heart of gold which boasts quite a variety of products. Village Lines has a collection of Kansas-made souvenirs and also gluten/dairy/preservative-free foods. You can sample …

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Post Rock Scout Museum

Opened in 2004, Lincoln resident Kathie Crispin, a life-long Girl Scout and leader, created the Girl Scout Museum with her own collection of scouting memorabilia. Dedicated to the preservation of historical  artifacts of various scouting organizations,  the museum features exhibits devoted to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Pioneer Girls, Campfire Girls and other similar youth organizations. …

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Lincoln County Historical Society

Lincoln County Historical Society Museum Complex

The Lincoln County Historical Society was organized in 1940 to collect and preserve historical material from the area and to promote the heritage of Lincoln County and its citizens. The main museum provides exhibits, programs, and educational tours. Summer hours are Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday 4 to 7 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. …

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Sylvan Grove Community Day

The Sylvan Historical Society stages their annual Community Day the first Sunday in June each year in Sylvan Grove’s City Park. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a fun day in Sylvan Grove. Reminiscent of days gone by, the day begins with a church service in the park and includes a potluck lunch, frog and turtle …

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Post Rock Capital of Kansas

Lincoln County officially became a Kansas county in 1870. Early settlers staking their claims and fencing their property lines needed an affordable material to build their fences. In this area of Kansas, near the soil surface, is a layer of limestone rock that is easily quarried and breaks into manageable chunks. Long lines of Post Rock fence posts are still seen today bordering the pastures.

The area known as “Post Rock Country” stretches for approximately 200 miles from the Nebraska border on the north to Dodge City on the south. The limestone that is found here comes from the uppermost bed of the Greenhorn Formation. It was out of necessity that settlers in the late 1800s began turning back the sod and cutting posts from the layer of rock that lay underneath. By the mid-1880s limestone fence posts were in general use because of the widespread use of barbed wire.