Bissell Buzz 2016/13

We hosted an extremely successful Wall of Fame/Person of 2016 event on Wednesday evening.  We were delighted to see so many people turn up in support of MaryBeth VanRoekel in receiving this award from us.  The evening was not all about speeches, which of course are necessary too.  There was a lot of mingling, talking and above all laughter could be heard from every corner of Heritage Hall.  Three of the previous honorees, who are all much loved and respected,  also attended, i.e. John Mason, Eunice Boeve and Betty Berney.

In her introduction the Curator said: ” In Hollywood they have a Walk of Fame whereby celebrities, especially movie stars get honored by cementing a star into the walkway.  Their claim to fame is becoming someone else on screen and the better they can portray that person, the better actor they are and the more recognition they get.  It’s like being rewarded for being fake.  Well, this is not Hollywood.  This is Phillips County, Kansas.  Here it’s small town living and our heroes are REAL people doing REAL life. And even though we are a Historical Society, we believe in honoring such every day heroes and giving them the roses whilst they are still around and amongst us.  The criteria for the award is that the person must be within Phillips County and must have made a noteworthy contribution to the community.  And that is why we are here tonight, to give honor to such a person – MaryBeth (or Beth as she is known) vanRoekel from Logan, Phillips County.

Letters from her son Ryan and daughter Amy were also read out, mainly to Beth,  as they could not attend the event, but also for the audience to hear of their appreciation for their special mother.   Once again congratulations to MaryBeth – a well-deserving person for this award.

Just a reminder that the Fort will be closing for public tours on September 3rd, therefore we want to call out “ROLL UP, ROLL UP…” if you still want to have a guided tour before then.  Remember, you have to visit in person to hear the stories around some of the exhibits, making them really come alive.  We will also be hosting a blacksmith workshop/demo on Saturday August 27th from 10 a.m.

Our last function of the year will be on Sunday September 25th and promises to once again be an evening of fun and frolic at the Fort – we will be hosting our 4th Annual Chili Cook-off.   We will have the photo booth again with props and will have confirmation soon about live music entertainment.  It is by free will donation and the funds raised will go toward the repairs of the roofs of our schoolhouse and mercantile buildings. Please save the date – September 25th!!  We will soon be publishing more details about this fun fundraising event.

Our hours are Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.  Closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Regular updates and photos are posted on our Facebook page.

We can be contacted on (785) 543-6212 or on email at

Remember entrance is FREE. See ya at the Fort – hopefully soon!!

Ruby Wiehman – Curator