Bissell Buzz 2015/01

May 29, 2015

The Fort has reopened and is ready to receive all the new visitors and old ones too of course!  While many things remain the same, new items are continually being added and some being moved around.  Ruby Wiehman from Kirwin is the new Curator in the place of Angie Wells, who is now Executive Director of the Phillipsburg Chamber.

Within the first week quite a few states were represented by the visitors stopping for a tour. The Visitor’s Book records show Texas, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Nebraska.  One visitor commented that these small town museums have so much more interesting items and stories to offer than the bigger museums.  That was music to our ears!

Kathy Wyrill and Anita Lipton meet again accidentally after many years at the Fort

Kathy Wyrill and Anita Lipton meet again accidentally after many years at the Fort

Our saying “Meet Ya at the Fort” has just gained new meaning when 2 college students bumped into each other at the Fort this past week. Kathy Wyrill from Kirwin and Anita Lipton from Denver Colorado worked out that they had not seen each other for nearly 40 years.  They for sure also had some personal history to share, right on the porch in front of Heritage House. It was a real serendipity moment.

Edna Selby Wood on her visit to the Fort this week

Edna Selby Wood on her visit to the Fort this week

Mrs Edna Selbe Wood (90) currently living in Cheyenne Wyoming with her son John, brought in some items and shared many a story of her growing up in Phillips County.  She identified the Selbe corner out on West Thunder Road, where she was born and also the Silverlight one-room schoolhouse where she attended school.  It was a very nostalgic trip for her and very enlightening to listen to all her stories from the past.

Fun Fridays which has become quite an institution, will once again be held every Friday starting on June 12th with a Scavenger Hunt. Please watch the press for more details on this.

Our hours are Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.  Closed Sundays,

Mondays and 4th July.  Remember entrance is free. See ya at the Fort – hopefully soon!!

Ruby Wiehman – Curator