MUSEUM PROGRAMS IN FEBRUARY FOCUS ON HISTORY OF SABINE & CALKINS HALLS

students seated in front of Sabine Hall when the historic Garden City structure was occupied by Garden City Community College, circa 1963-1970.

The Finney County Historical Society will offer another pair of free evening and noon-hour history programs for the public in February as part of the History at High Noon and Evening at the Museum series.

    Winter-spring sessions for 2021 are taking place with socially-distanced seating and additional COVID-19 precautions.  Each is scheduled in the Mary Regan Conference Room of the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth Street in Garden City’s Finnup Park, with access via the north entrance.

    Programs are sponsored by the Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers, and began with “1921: The Year That Was,” in January.  Up next is “Calkins Hall and Sabine Hall” at noon Feb. 10 and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

    The February programs, by Museum Education Coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee, will feature photos and information about the two substantial early 20th Century structures on Garden City’s Buffalo Jones Avenue that originally served as home to Garden City High School and later Garden City Community College.  Sabine Hall, built in 1910 and still in use as Sabine Apartments, stands at Eighth and Buffalo Jones; while Calkins Hall, demolished in 1979-80, was located just to the west.

    Additional programs include “Influenza 1918,” set for noon March 10 and 7 p.m. March 16; and “The 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail,” at noon April 14 and 7 p.m. April 20.

    All 2021 FCHS event scheduling is subject to adjustment due to COVID-related conditions, precautions and regulations.  In addition to spacing out audience seating for social distancing, the program series is breaking with museum tradition by offering beverages but no food.  No tables for dining will be available and attendees are asked to refrain from bringing lunch or dinner.  Attendance will be limited to 40 listeners per session, hand sanitizer will be accessible and masks are required by local ordinance.

Information is available by contacting the museum at 620-272-3664.