The Mueller-Schmidt House in Dodge City will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 1.

The anniversary celebration will also open the Home of Stone for its summer season.

The Home of Stone is the only home in Dodge City and Ford County to be made of lime stone and has been a Ford County staple since 1965.

According to the Home of Stone, the house was built in 1882 and was owned by two families, the Mueller's and Schmidt's.

The first owner was a boot maker John Mueller who later sold the home to Adam Schmidt in 1890 after Mueller and his wife moved to St. Louis after the Mueller's lost investments in cattle and the boot shop burned down.

The Schmidt family owned the home until 1960 and the home was sold to Ford County where it became curated by the Ford County Historical Society as being the oldest building in Dodge City that is still located at its original site at 112 E. Vine Street.

The anniversary theme will be a throwback to 1968 that will feature music, cocktails and appetizers according to house manager Erica Land.

"If the public has any memories of the museum we’d love to hear them, as well as photos of years past," Land said. "You can post photos and/or memories to the Home of Stone Museum Facebook Page.

"I would also like to formally invite any and all former employees of the museum and their families to come visit us either on June 1, or any time the summer of 2018."

On June 1, the Home of Stone will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then will reopen for the anniversary which will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

The season hours for the Home of Stone will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.

"Thank you to everyone around the globe that I’ve met over the 15 years I have worked at the Home of Stone and the many more that I meet in the future," said Land.

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