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  • Stauth Museum accepting local pieces

  •      Since the Stauth Museum opened in 1996 they have always asked locals to contribute to the exhibits they have on display.

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  • Since the Stauth Museum opened in 1996 they have always asked locals to contribute to the exhibits they have on display.
    "I think when people in the community and the surrounding areas help to contribute to what we have here it makes them feel more connected to the museum," said Kim Legleiter, executive director of the museum. "It gives them a sense of ownership."
    Currently they are looking for items for their next three exhibits; "New Quilts from an Old Favorite", "Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas" and "They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls".
    "We are just asking for loans," said Kim Legleiter, executive director of the museum, "we will return all items once the show is over, in the same condition they were given to us in."
    Every year the museum has a traveling exhibit of quilts from the National Quilt Museum. They challenge quilt makers from across the country to create an innovative quilt based on a specific pattern. The best quilts are selected to be a part of the exhibit. Last year the pattern that was used was the Orange Peel.
    Stauth is looking for about 20-25 locally made quilts to fill out the show. Quilts do not have to have the orange peel pattern, to be used.
    "We have this exhibit every year, and every year we have some of the most amazing quilts to display," said Legleiter. "We get everything from the 'classic quilt' that your grandmothers probably made, to 'art quilts' that can have 3D effects or other unique features."
    "Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas" is a fun way to get decorating ideas and enjoy the start of the Christmas season. The museum will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this exhibit.
    "For this show we give people a mini 'room' to decorate as they would decorate their house for the holidays, or in a Christmas 'theme' of some sort" said Legleiter.
    In the past they have had some impressive rooms set up according to Legleiter including a Snoopy Christmas, a snow theme, bears and much more. Often times a group will work together to create a theme.
    To wrap up the year the museum will have a show called "They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls".
    "I thought that since this was an election year, a show like this might get someone interested in collecting presidential campaign memorabilia, or to search through their attic to find some from years past," said Legleiter.
    As the name of the show implies it will feature mostly items from those who ran but did not win an election, although they will accept items from winners as well.
    If you would like to loan any of your items to these shows contact the Stauth Museum at (620) 846-2527 to be put on the mailing list for the show. Legleiter will accept items in the order they are received, until there is no more space. Please contact the museum by July 31 to be considered for the quilts show, by Oct. 3 for the Christmas show and Nov. 21 for the election show.
    Page 2 of 2 - Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com

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