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S. A. McClintock - Thu Feb 25, 2010 @ 06:04AM
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The Historic Preservation Corp. has begun converting the former Baker's Food Market building (just west of the Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home) into the Trail Days Arts and History Center.  Construction began in August, 2010, to add restrooms and a dressing room to the rear of the building, and a hallway and entry lobby to the west side of the building. The roof has been raised 16 inches to increase the height of the ceiling. The historic, 1947 storefront will be preserved.

2010 Arts & History Center

The Center will seat 100 persons, and will have a stage, a movie screen, and a projection area. We plan to provide educational programming in the areas of History, Art and Culture.  As a multi-purpose building, it will be used to display Historic, Cultural and Artistic artifacts, displays, etc. 

Arts & History Center looking East

Funding for the initial phase of construction, to enclose the addition, has been provided by the W. S. & E. C. Jones Testamentary Trust (Bank of America, Trustee), the Bill B. Young Foundation, and the City of Council Grove Promotion Grants Committee.

2010 Arts & History Center lobby area

Phase Two will complete the exterior and Phase three will be, to begin work on the interior.  We have already purchased 100 cushioned chairs for seating, a DVD projector to show films, lighting fixtures and we also have available a slide projector used to present slide programs.

2010 construction on Arts & History Center

Contributions are tax-deductible. The Historic Preservation Corp. is an IRC 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation. Your help will be greatly appreciated in making the Center available to the community. Donations should be sent to: Historic Preservation Corp., 803 W. Main St., Council Grove, KS 66846, designated for the Arts and History Center. Historic Preservation Corporation does not share donors names and addresses with others. 


 Fall of 2017 we were able to make improvements to the exterior of the Arts & History Center, thanks to grants from the City of Council Grove, Council Grove area Foundation, USDA Rural Development and Emporia Community Foundation. We also received individual donations and volunteer labor. These funds provided insulation to the walls along with Drivit for protection and decor, a new roof, entrance steps, landings and a ramp, sidewalks and hand rails. We also created an attractive landscape area to the left of the West entrance.

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Arts & History center #13 taken Fall of 2017

Arts & History Center South East

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