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Bunker Hill Museum Receives Grant Funds

Bunker Hill Museum
Bunker Hill Museum

The Bunker Hill Historical Society was recently awarded a $1,200 Dane Hansen Community Grant for Russell County to build a handicap accessible ramp for its museum entrance.

The Bunker Hill Museum is located in the former Mount Zion Lutheran Church, a native limestone building that was built in 1881.

The Bunker Hill Historical Society also received a $500 Midwest Energy grant to purchase storage containers for the Bunker Hill 1880 to 1930s newspaper collection that was given to the Bunker Hill Historical Society by the State Library of Kansas. The Midwest Energy grant funds were also used to purchase new binders to store the collection of local family histories, as well as to purchase materials to label museum artifacts.

Mariella Dreiling, a Senior Girl Scout from Hays Troop 10095, worked on the projects to pursue the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting and is equivalent to a Boy Scout Eagle Award. Assisting her on the ramp project were Mariella's father, Myron Dreiling of Dreiling Industries and Mariella's grandfather, Ryan Cook of Cook's Home Remodeling and Construction.

The Bunker Hill Museum and the 1875 Forest Hill Schoolhouse are open to the public on Sundays from 1 to 4 from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

(Information and photo courtesy City of Bunker Hill.)