The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 80
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 80

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 6, 2001
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I0„ SUNDAY. MAY 6. 2000 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT THE SALINA JOURNAL Like big game, artifacts? Stauth Museum is the place to go Carla Scassellati-Strand Advertising Writer In the quiet town of Montezuma, the Stauth Memorial Museum is a pleasant stop for visitors to southwest Kansas. Now in its fifth year, the 10,000 square-foot facility houses traveling art exhibits and is the permanent home of artifacts collected by Claude and Donalda Stauth and wildlife hunter and conservationist Ralph Fry. Kim Legleither, director for the facility, said visitors often marvel at the appearance of the 10,000 square-foot facility. Designed by Exhibit Designers of the Kauffiman Museum, North Newton, it has 11 separate rooflines and represents a farming homestead. The building and museum was created from the estate of Donalda Stauth. She and her husband, Claude, were a rural Montezuma couple who spent their lives growing wheat, com and milo on their rural Gray County farm. Though they worked hard, they also took time off to see the world. In her wiQ, she left instructions and money to create a foundation that would build and maintain a facility and traveling art center in the town of about 1,000 people. Legleither said that since the museum opened in February 1996, it has been a popular stop for tourists and others interested in art and artifacts. Open year round, it attracts as many as 1,100 people per month during May through December. Legleither describes the Stauth's as a hardworking couple who lived a fiiigal life. They had littie out­ side interests other than travel. But traveling was a passion. In nearly forty years, they visited 95 countries on six continents. "They went just about every place you can imagine," she said. One section of the museum is dedicated to showing off the musical instruments, jewelry, masks and other artifacts collected between 1941 and 1979. Also featured in the collection are the 10,000 slides that Donalda Stauth, who was a professional photographer before her marriage, took during those journeys. Legleither said she feel she knows the couple through their journals. She oversaw the moving of their items firom their home to the museiun. "I packed up their items and moved everything from their house to the museum," she said. She said they traveled with groups and always had money in hand before they left Kansas. Claude Stauth acquired many items by bartering with natives. His bargaining tools were items like sandpaper, chewing tobacco and gum. "They didn't believe in credit... they would hear about a place and then save up and go," she said. "They were fiiigal but it worked for them." Thanks to the couple's conservative ways. Gray County now has a facility to house artifacts plus a place to attend special events such as art shows. Of special interest to game hunters is another section that houses the trophies collected by the late Ralph Fry, a conservationist and hunter. The late Fry, a Montezuma resident, specialized in hunting and collecting North American game. His mounts were hunted between 1928 to the middle 1970s. She said animals in the trophy collection are animals that have never been on an endangered list. Examples include the 29th largest elk ever taken by a hunter across the world. Other examples are mounts of moose, deer and goats. Legleither said Fiy was also a noted conservationist. He traveled the country speaking to groups. He believed that animals should not be hunted for trophy, but for food. He was also an honorary game warden in Gray County. "Ralph believed in eating every part of the animal," she said. "You eat it or you use if for something." While Fry took most of the animals in the collection, it also represents animals taken by his daughter and grandson. Legleither said the facility also includes a 2,500- square-foot gallery made up to traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute and other collections. Collections change every six to 12 weeks, she said. Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 North Aztec, Montezuma, KS. Located in Gray County, about 25 miles northwest of Dodge City They can be contacted by phone at 316-846- 2527or by e-mail at Hours: Open all year, 9 am. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1:304:30 p.m. Sundays. Free admission. Visitors may leave a donation. EXPERIENCE A GEOLOGICAL WONDER ROCK CITY CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION 785-392-2092 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 213 WEST SECOND MINNEAPOLIS, KS (785) 392-3068 WWW.MINNEAPOLISKS.ORG *ROCKCITY *HISTORIC DOWNTOWN *GEORGE W. CARVER *RED POST TOURS from Sam's Desk Best Seenory In Alaska WW July 31-August 8 8 days $1,950 New England In Fall October 2-10 9 days $898 FaaSplenik)nliiW»MnglonO.C mimiimliurg Octol)er20-30 11 days $848 Hose Parade Plus a Bit of London December 26-January 5 11 days $868 Christmas Shows In Branson November 11-14 4 days $389 Myrtle Beach at Christmas plus Otarieston December 2-8 5 days $798 Hillsboro Sunflower TOURS Heart of Alaska June 8-July 3 26 days $2,298 Alaska/ZB Glacier Cruise July 10-18 9 days $2,050 British Columbia/Rockies Sept. 1-15 15 days $998 Nova Scotia/FaWPEl Sept. 18-Oct. 5 18 days $1,298 pp Fa/I Foliage In New England & Canada Sept. 27-Oct. 10 14 days $998 pp Balloon Festival plus Canlsbad Caverns October 8-14 7 days.. $498 dbl. Christinas in Houston/San Antonio Dec. 3-9 7 days $498 Cliristmas in Branson Nov. 26-28 3 days ..$269 Call or write for catalog! 605 S. Ohio (Great Plains Federal Credit Union Building) Salina, KS 825-0881 or 800-825-7715 • Heritage and Culture • Museums & Art Galleries • Unique Shopping • Scandinavian Imports Original Arts and Crafts Antiques Specialty Shops (open Sunday afternoons) • Gracious Hospitality • Fast Food to Fine Dining Five B&Bs, 2 Motels RV Parking, Camping Off 1-135 (exits 72, 78) Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce • Great Places to Play • Pool with Incredible Slide 13 Lighted Tennis Courts Golf 4 Parks • Special Events • MiUfest-MayB-6 Midsummer's Day Festival - June 16 Great Plains Chantauqua . June29-July3 4th of July Extravaganza Broadway RFD's "Fiddler on the Roof July 13-14,20-21 (Call for complete schedule) 20 miles south of 1-70 104 £ Lincoln • Lindsborg, Kansas 67456 ^ A BIT 9r swcDtn in THE nEARiLAriD

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