May 21 program at Miners Hall Museum: The Founding of McCune

Join us this Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS for this special program. The program will be presented by Kent Smith.

Despite living several hours away, in Tulsa, OK, Kent has remained involved with the McCune Osage Township Library and museum and regularly participates in community events. His father, Herman W. Smith, Jr., had been born in McCune. One of his ancestors had one of the first businesses in McCune – a clothing store.  His other great-great grandfather, Sevier Wilson emigrated in 1892 and opened one of the first general stores in McCune.

Kent strives to develop themes and stories that evolve from those individuals, their struggles and triumphs with the land, and their drive to create a community – a town named McCune to reflect and immortalize their shared dreams, experiences, and hopes for the future.

This special program is being presented in conjunction with the quarterly exhibit “Little Balkans Coal Camp – McCune ” which is hosted by Morgan Blanchard-Zimmer and Dick Rauniker.

The program begins at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30) and admission is free. We recommend calling the museum if you plan to join us so we can plan for adequate seating (620-347-4220). Donations are accepted and appreciated. After the program guests are welcome to view the quarterly exhibit.