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Jenni Harrison


Cooper Barn: A Wonder in Kansas Architecture

During a recent trip to Colby, I stopped off at the Prairie Museum of Art and History. The museum alone is a great place to visit and out in the field, sitting amongst the little one room school house, church and 1930's home is the massive Cooper Barn. This beautiful white barn stands out in it's newest home at an impressive 48 feet tall, 66 feet wide and 114 feet long! 

Posted on September 2, 2013 9:49AM by Jenni Harrison

Earth Day Activities in Great Bend

How did you celebrate Earth Day this year? Did you learn a new tip, volunteer cleaning up a neighborhood park or did you just vow to live an extra green way of life? Our family headed to Great Bend to take part in their annual Earth Day event. We arrived at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center shortly after the event was set to open and things were in full swing.

Posted on May 9, 2013 7:48AM by Jenni Harrison

Fick Fossil Museum: Reinvented Ways to Display Fossils

In the western Kansas town of Oakley sits a quaint little museum named Fick Fossil. According to DiscoveRoakley.com, during the 1960's Ernest and Vi Fick began collecting fossils from the long gone inland sea that once inhabited the area. By 1971 they owned thousands of shark teeth, complete fossils and a lot of folk art that Vi had made using their discoveries. Soon the collection outgrew their home, thus the museum was established in the mid 1975 to showcase their findings and Vi's art.

Posted on March 19, 2013 11:17AM by Jenni Harrison

Hands on Fun at the Prairie Museum of Art and History

Not too far off I-70 in Colby is the Prairie Museum of Art and History. Upon entering the museum we went first to the Kuska Exhibit, which houses the namesakes' personal collection of items including wedding dresses, military apparel, buttons, toys, glass and countless other memorabilia (I dare say everything but the kitchen sink!). At first glance it appears to be similar to any other historical museum I have been to but as I stepped foot into the first aisle, I discovered backlit vintage hodgepodge and before I knew what was happening, six legs were running everywhere and six hands were busy opening and touching this and that.

Posted on February 25, 2013 10:00AM by Jenni Harrison

El Quartelejo: A Visit Through the Ages

I would compare visiting the El Quartelejo Museum in Scott City to time-traveling through Western Kansas. When we arrived at the museum, a replica of a pueblo style building, we were given a brief introduction of the exhibits from Dennie Siegrist, the facility manager. He started us off with the western interior seaway, which occupied this part of the country 100 million years ago. We passed through the Monument Rock display, showing the chalk pyramids attraction which is located just down the road from Scott City. 

Posted on February 12, 2013 10:12AM by Jenni Harrison

Around the World with the Stauths

From my northeastern Kansas perch, I hit the road and rather than simply transplanting myself in the western part of our state, I took a trip around the world. The Stauth Memorial Museum is a must see. Nestled in the town of Montezuma and neighbors to the first Kansas windfarm, the museum resides, showcasing the travels of Claude and Donalda Stauth.

Posted on January 31, 2013 1:44PM by Jenni Harrison

Oh Give Me a Home, Where the Buffalo Roam

Recently I took a short drive to Overbrook with my family to see some "real, live" buffalo. After all, it is our state animal and my kids and I had never seen one up close. We pulled into the Lone Star Ranch and had a picture perfect view of the snowy Kansas prairie and the herd, settled in and grazing just beyond the old fashioned country store. We were greeted right away by Terri Gibbs, who along with her husband Don, owns the property. The buffalo were a majestic sight indeed and unlike us, were not bothered by the winter temps in their thick fur coats. 

Posted on January 10, 2013 12:22PM by Jenni Harrison

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