Sunday, January 24, 2016

Old Castle Museum reopens to the public with an open house

According to their website, Baker University will host an open house from 3-6 p.m., January 28, at Old Castle Museum, the oldest college building in Kansas, located at 511 Fifth St. in Baldwin City.
The event is free and open to the public. The museum, which has been closed to the public the last few years, will be open Saturday's and Sunday's after the open house this Thursday.
photographer Kevin Surbaugh
A new permanent exhibit explores the history of the university and Baldwin City. The exhibit highlights this area’s pre-statehood days as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and features artifacts indicative of frontier life and Plains Indian culture. Objects from Baldwin City, the Battle of Black Jack, and Baker University’s early years tell a story of Civil War-era conflict, and also of an expanding town and a thriving university. The exhibit ends with Baker as it is today and demonstrates the university’s 157 years of progress.
As Kansas celebrates it's 155th anniversary on January 29, "it’s the perfect time to celebrate the reopening of the museum,” said Sara DeCaro, museum director and university archivist.
 Decaro also said that refreshments will be served and donations accepted.

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