The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 25, 2006 · Page 8
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 8

Hays, Kansas
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Sunday, June 25, 2006
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A8 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS FROM PAGE 1 SUNDAY, JUNE 25,2006 FORT: Paint on models damaged during move to new building CONTINUED FHOM PAOE A1 They are not exclusively using paint for the project. Wood stain is utilized for the roofs. Attempting to revitalize these models is more complicated than simply applying paint to board. "Trying to repaint it with detail is almost impossible," Giebler said. "Most of the detail was printed on the cardboard," Giebler said. "That's why it's not going to look like it did before. It's all flat, there are no high spots for detail." Even if the models are not restored to pristine condition, the time Giebler, Keefer and additional volunteers Darrell Keberlein and LaVern Schoendaller spend will bring them closer to the originals. The boards with scale models were made by Independence, Mo., resident WL. Philyaw in 1969. Historic Fort Hays Director Bob Wilhelm said Philyaw was a graphic artist for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo. "He liked doing that stuff, and he somehow got with the historical society to build a series of models," Wilhelm said. The models were housed in several locations around the site, most recently at the guardhouse. Since renovation began on that building this month, the models are being repainted. "We had to get them out of there, so we asked John Keefer if the club would work on them," Wilhelm said. The models were initially housed in the visitors center, until a 1991 renovation. "When we redid the interior, we didn't have room for the models anymore," Wilhelm said. "So we moved them to the guard house and during that move, the models didn't fare too well." The move resulted in flaked and cracked paint, possibly a side effect of the jostling or moving into a non-temperature controlled environment. While a heating and air-condi- It's nice to have a three-dimensional representation of the buildings that are no longer out here, f f Bob Wilhelm, director of Historic Fort Hays STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News ABOVE: Norman Giebler shows the documentation from a model builder on the back of this scale model of one of the buildings at Historic Fort Hays. BELOW: Volunteers work to restore a scale model of one of the buildings Thursday. The scale models were originally created in the 1960s. tioning system are installed in the guard house to create a more stable temperature, Wilhelm and his staff have time to revamp the exhibits that are in the house. "We thought very hard if we wanted to keep the models here," Wilhelm said, "but they're of no use anywhere else. They need to stay out here. "It's nice to have a three-dimensional representation of the buildings that are no longer out here." The Kansas Pacific Model Railroad group meets the second Saturday of the m&nth at the Railroad Museum in Ellis. To become a member, please contact Keefer at (785) 625-5587 or Tom Robinson at (785) 726-3539. Reporter Karen Mikols can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 143, or by e-mail at CONSIDERING BANKRUPTCY Are economic problems interfering with your ability to enjoy life? Are you continually robbing Peter to pay Paul? Are you struggling each month just to pay interest on your credit cards and other debts? Bankruptcy laws are there to give people an economic fresh start. Call me for an appointment to consider your options. Bankruptcy may work for you. Gene F. Anderson • Attorney at Law 1400 Main • Hays, Kansas 67601 785-625-6519 We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Coa BlUWTJ AID REFQRBISHING PROCESS IT NOT By WlLl MANLY "A lot of people went through and as stone deteriorated, they patched it with concrete and so on, kept the building from falling down*" Wilhelm said. "The main Job for this is, the lower courses of limestone have weathered, away, almost to nothing. They've been patched with concrete and so on. We're going to replace those, block for block. We're going to replace the concrete, and where there was a block, we're going to cut another block the same size so that it looks as near as possible to what was originally there." Wherever possible, contractors will leave original materials in the building. "The window sills and the window jams are in terrible condition," Schamber said. "Most contractors would want to replace those, but over the years, we've learned how to restore those without removing them. It's so important that you not remove things, because eventually, you've replaced all of the original fabric." Wilhelm said the fort gets about 15,000 to 18,000 visitors per year, most of them from out of town. The fort's visitation hours beginning July 1 will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday . • Reporter Will Manly can be reached at (785) 628-1081'• ext. 138, or by e-mail at A qtlaf tef-mlilitin-doUaf refurbishing project will begin in July after state and local grants were awarded to iPort Hays State Historic Site. The 1872 vintage guardhouse at Port Hays will get a makeover. Crumbling blocks and worn-out mottar will be replaced, new lighting and air- conditioning systems will be Installed and the original window frames will be restored, A federal grant will pay for most of the $238,000 project, said director Bob Wilhelm. The Kansas State Historical Society also will chip In for the restoration. The Kansas Department of Commerce's Travel and Tourism Development Division will provide a $37,600 grant to cover the rest. "If we were to go around and have bake sales and try to get donations and that sort of thing, it would probably take us years and years and years to come up with that sort of money," Wilhelm said. The project should take four to six months, said Len Schamber, a partner in Schamber Construction, which specializes in historical restoration. Schamber hopes to be finished by the end of the year. Wilhelm said the guardhouse has received only minimal maintenance since it was built; this project will be it's first refurbishing. cable '" /j! I" 1 '- " ' ' "I ' " ' '' f^'(v,n} ( (j^(i(^5 S .i W j^ji% > »tjUit ti charlhel 14 Weekdays at 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. -12 noon- Moeder Oil Co. Inc 785-625-9221 1410E.8th«Hays,KS Don't pay $18.00 to $20.00 to exchange ^ r ^%^^m$TO Moeder Oil and we can refill it fo£$n&4} • ' • . 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