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Old Depot Museum celebrating 50 years

By The Herald Staff | 11/1/2013

More than 6,000 never-before-seen negatives are expected to be shown at the anniversary celebration for the Old Depot Museum.

Recognizing 50 years of the Ottawa museum’s doors being open to the public, the Franklin County Historical Society is set to honor the 1963 grand opening with a celebration at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa, Deb Barker said.

More than 6,000 never-before-seen negatives are expected to be shown at the anniversary celebration for the Old Depot Museum.

Recognizing 50 years of the Ottawa museum’s doors being open to the public, the Franklin County Historical Society is set to honor the 1963 grand opening with a celebration at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa, Deb Barker said.

“Besides the dinner, we’re trying to include things from all the different eras that The Depot has been open,” Barker, director of the Franklin County Historical Society, which operates the museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., said. “Our archivist, Susan Geiss, will be showing slides from and talking about the 1960s and the early making of the museum.”

The historical society recently received thousands of negatives showcasing Ottawa and Franklin County that are set to be shown during the celebration, Barker said.

“We received about 6,000 images from a man named JB Muecke,” she said. “He did freelance for The Herald, worked for the schools, worked in different industries taking pictures. He was a photographer at-large.”

Because there are so many negatives, it’s taken historical society workers extra time to sort through them all, Barker said.

“All of [Muecke’s] collection was donated to us by a man named Morgan Williams,” she said. “The last couple of years, we’ve been sifting through photos of Ottawa and Franklin County from the late 1930s through the ’60s and that’s a lot of pictures, but they’re wonderful.”

Tickets are $12.50 and must be purchased in advance from the museum, the Franklin County Records & Research Center, or online at www.olddepotmuseum.org

Tickets will not be available at the door Nov. 10.

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