Visitors to the Finney County Historical Museum can view images and artifacts spanning a century of southwest Kansas agriculture in a new exhibit in the Front Door Gallery.
The display, “Helping Feed the World 100 Years,” marks the 100th anniversary of the Finney County Farm Bureau Association, an education, advocacy and service organization with approximately 1,100 members.
Exhibit hours run from 1 to 5 p.m. seven days weekly, and they’ll expand on May 29 with the doors opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, and the museum is located at 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park, adjacent to the entrance arches at Lee Richardson Zoo.
The exhibit includes a brief chronology of the local Farm Bureau association, which traces its history to the formation of a local county defense council in World War I. There are approximately 20 photographs depicting farming over 10 decades in Finney County, as well as a collection of about 18 early-day farming artifacts. Objects on display range from a weathered 19th Century wagon wheel hub, hand-held scythe, wagon wheel wrench, branding iron and sugar beet knife, to the vane of a Baker Monitor windmill, a model first produced in the 1870s.
The exhibit was created with assistance and information from Jennifer Gerber, who administers the Finney County association, and it will remain for several weeks.