Monday, November 24, 2014

Dietrich Cabin adjusts open hours for changing community culture

By The Herald Staff | 4/11/2014

The 1859 Dietrich Cabin in City Park, Fifth and Main streets, is changing its hours of operation.

“The old schedule of summer Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. has outlived its usefulness,” Deborah Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said. “People’s willingness to leave their air conditioned house to go look at an uncooled cabin has lessened. For the health of the volunteers who staff the cabin, we don’t open if there is a heat advisory [95 degrees or above]. That situation can easily cancel opening throughout July and August. So we’re trying something completely different.”

The 1859 Dietrich Cabin in City Park, Fifth and Main streets, is changing its hours of operation.

“The old schedule of summer Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. has outlived its usefulness,” Deborah Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said. “People’s willingness to leave their air conditioned house to go look at an uncooled cabin has lessened. For the health of the volunteers who staff the cabin, we don’t open if there is a heat advisory [95 degrees or above]. That situation can easily cancel opening throughout July and August. So we’re trying something completely different.”

The cabin will open this year on the second Sunday of every month from April to October, Barker said. Every monthly opening will include programming for adults and children and focus on topics like “The Kansas Frontier,” “Games and Music From the Past,” Bleeding Kansas,” “Early Settlers and Prairie Life,” and “The Dietrich Family,” Barker said.

The historical society has planned an open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dietrich Cabin to kick off the program. The event will feature music, a re-enactor and refreshments. Plans for the other events May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 are to be announced, according to a news release.

The second Sunday opening coincides with the Old Depot Museum’s Second Sunday Free, when there is no charge for admission. The Dietrich Cabin has always been free, so it makes an affordable day to celebrate the county’s history, Barker said.

For more information, call (785) 242-1232 or (785) 242-1250.

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