MARYSVILLE, KAN: Imagine yourself next to the gates guarded by cast iron lions that Laura Ingalls Wilder once admired or in the barn where horses slept before heading out on the Pony Express. You don’t have to imagine; you can experience it in Marysville!
The Marysville Museum Alliance and Marysville Convention & Tourism invite residents and visitors to explore local museums on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The special event, deemed Marysville Museum Day, signifies the opening of museum season, which runs from April to October.
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy free admission to the Pony Express Museum, Marshall County Historic Courthouse & Research Library, and the Koester House Museum & Gardens. Visitors can take self- guided tours, view the exhibits and artifacts, and immerse themselves in the history of Marshall County and rural America in the 1700s and 1800s.
“There is something for everyone to see at our museums,” said Jan DeGroot, administrator at the Pony Express Museum and member of the Museum Alliance. “We have exhibits that appeal to those with a passion for history, arts, agriculture and more! Bring your families and friends for a day of exploring the past!”
At the Pony Express Museum, visitors can tour the original stone barn built in 1859, the only home station in the country on its original location, which was recently featured on The Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum”. At the Koester House museum, visitors can view the recent restoration of the dining room and parlor, and explore the beautiful library featuring more than 1,200 books from the late 1800s and early 1900s. At the Historic Courthouse, enjoy 21 exhibit rooms on healthcare, rural schools, early agriculture, and more, as well as a beautiful display of period wedding dresses. Visitors can also enjoy one of the largest quilting displays in the area.
“We are so fortunate these pieces of our history have been preserved,” said Michelle Whitesell, Director of Marysville Convention & Tourism. “I am constantly amazed at the work our museums do in creating educational exhibits and remarkable experiences where you can truly imagine yourself at that specific place, at that moment in time. I hope people take advantage of Museum Day – they won’t be disappointed!”