Museum store adding variety


Special to The Telegram

Special to The Telegram

The Museum Store at the Finney County Historical Museum has added a variety of new items created by southwest Kansas artists and artisans, as well as a collection of autumn décor objects and Jumpy Monkey coffee in flavors inspired by local history.

Located inside the museum, the store is open during exhibit hours of 1 to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

In addition to the new collection of locally-produced goods, the store is stocking Kansas and sunflower paraphernalia, books and videos about history and culture for children and adults, postcards, handcrafts, decorative items, collectibles, unique toys, T-shirts, jewelry, miniature music boxes, historic photographs and items specific to local and area history.

The Jumpy Monkey coffee, ground and packaged in Garden City by Mosaic, is available in 2-ounce and 12-ounce quantities and includes a trio of selections — Buffalo Jones Blend, Morning at the Windsor and Mrs. Fulton's Finest.

The Jones variety is named for one of Garden City's four founding fathers, the Windsor blend for the iconic Main Street hotel built by fellow founder John Stevens, and the Fulton flavor for the pioneering woman whose garden inspired the community's name.

The collection of locally-created items includes:

* Unique cotton purses, crafted by Doris Walker, Garden City, with patterns ranging from farm and nature scenes to animal prints and Southwestern designs.

* Color Kansas landscape images taken by Garden City photographer Shirley Creeden, whose work was featured earlier this year in the museum's Front Door Gallery.

* Original sketches by Robert Meyer, Garden City, who specializes in pencil drawings of animals, people, barns and other rustic area scenes and sites.

* Pottery by Garden City artist Brian McCallum, including ceramic vases, platters and bowls in his signature style.

* Handcrafted puppies by Synthia Preston, a Garden City resident and Tribune native, who combines cotton prints with denim, some incorporating John Deere, NFL team, KU and KSU fabric.

* Postcard reprints based on classic images first created in the 1930s by the late Frank Conard, a well known Garden City photographer.

* Photo greeting cards featuring landmark scenes in Finney County, hand-made by Garden City artist Curtis Perez.

* Greeting cards with images from paintings by the late Methvyn Sheehy, depicting the Ben Grimsley arches at Lee Richardson Zoo and Garden City's rail passenger depot.

Among books and videos are regional, cultural and historical publications, pioneer and Kansas-specific reading, cookbooks, children's reading and activity books, and accounts penned by local and area authors. There are also volumes focusing on local veterans of Garden City, Finney County and area communities, the 1930s Fleagle gang of southwest Kansas bank robbers, and a history of the Garden City Police Department, as well as CDs produced by The Garden City Telegram that document the infamous Clutter case.

In addition to autumn and Halloween décor objects, the store currently is carrying a growing selection of Kansas goods, including cups, shirts, magnets and related souvenirs, as well as stuffed buffalo and meadowlark toys. Additional shelving has been devoted to simple toys inspired by Native American culture and times past, ranging from flutes, whistles, marbles, jacks and yo-yos to puzzles, gyroscopes, good luck charms, facsimile stone arrowheads and various old-time railroad items

The Finney County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the past, operates the store and the museum. Proceeds from sales help support exhibits, activities, research and educational programs. FCHS members qualify for 20 percent discounts, and the store accepts Mastercard, Visa, cash and in-state checks. FCHS memberships and hand-lettered gift certificates are available, too.

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