SEDGWICK — Legacy Bank presented the Sedgwick Historical Society with a check for $5,000 on June 8.
Nancy Stahl, president of the Sedgwick Historical Society, said the funds will aid in moving the town's 140-year-old wooden train depot to the space behind the Sedgwick Historical Museum.
"We're hoping to have it here by Fall Festival, which is the third weekend in September," Stahl said. "It won't be completely decorated and finished, but people can go through it and look at it."
Over the next two months, several projects — including pouring a cement foundation, setting up utilities and coordinating the move from the depot's current location several blocks away — will take place in preparation for the move.
The 1880s depot was donated to the Sedgwick Historical Society by Madelyn Mosiman last year. The Mosiman family acquired the wooden depot and moved it from its original location to their property in the early 1970s.
The addition of the depot will give the museum three times its current space to display artifacts relating to Sedgwick's history. Stahl said the hsstorical society would like to put a welcome center into its current building and keep all artifacts relating to medicine there as well. All other exhibits would be moved into the depot for visitors to view.
Volunteer Rod Milne, who aids in organizing the museum's artifacts, submitted the request for funding to Legacy Bank and was delighted when it responded with the donation of $5,000.
"We're just happy to support the Sedgwick community. As a community bank, we like to invest back into the communities that we serve and this is a part of it," said Kristen Wesolowsky, marketing director for Legacy Bank.
"We're happy to be here and support local efforts," added Steven Suellentrop, assistant vice president of commercial lending at Legacy Bank. "The community does a lot for Legacy Back and that's just part of being a community bank, building those relationships and giving back."
The Sedgwick Historical Society is also offering memory bricks as a way to raise additional funds for the depot's move. Personalized red bricks are available for a donation of $100 each and will be placed in the sidewalk in front of the museum.
Another fundraiser currently underway is the collection of recipes for a cookbook.
"We are putting a lot of recipes in from people who lived here all their lives and are gone now," Milne said. "We have old cookbooks that we could go back to and get their recipes out of."
Past and present Sedgwick residents can submit recipes through July 15 via mail to PO Box 360, Sedgwick, KS 67135 or online via http://cookbookpublishers.com by using the username "Museumfriend" and the password "Sedgwick."
The cookbook will hold around 300 recipes and be available for $10 this fall.
"Restore the depot" T-shirts and three different "Memories of Sedgwick" DVDs, featuring video interviews of Mosiman and other long-time Sedgwick residents, are also available for purchase at the Sedgwick Historical Museum.
The Sedgwick Historical Museum is located at 523 N. Commercial Ave. in Sedgwick. For more information about visiting or volunteering, call 316-772-5151.