Members of the public are invited to attend the dedication of the historic Wilcox School House, 15 miles south of WaKeeney on Highway 283, 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

During the dedication, the restoration of the Wilcox School will be unveiled and the importance of the school in Trego County’s history will be recognized. The school will be dedicated to Harm Schneider, whose family donated the school in his memory. The 15th Anniversary of the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway will be celebrated at the same time.

Interpretive panels are currently being installed in the windows of the former school so visitors can learn more about the building and its history.

There will be a program followed by displays highlighting the school and the byway. The displays will feature memorabilia from the Wilcox School and the families that settled the surrounding area; history of the Hi-Plains Gravel Grinders Motorcycle Club, who used it as a club house after the school closed; information about the native wildflowers and grasses that can be found along the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway; and information about the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway and the Kansas Byways.

The preservation efforts were led by the WaKeeney Travel &Tourism Committee and the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway Committee. For more information, contact the WaKeeney Travel & Tourism Committee at (785) 743-8325 or visit