STORY HOME HISTORIES
The Story Centennial Museum is now standing on its own and has grown to the point where the Story Woman's Club no longer directly supports the endeavor.
An interested group of people have started a Story Historical Society that will management the museum and give direction to the preservation of Story's local history.
Each month on the third Friday all persons who would like to be involved in the Society are meeting at the Story Woman's Club at 3 PM. Two meetings have been held.
Officers were elected and they are as follows:
George Lunbeck, Ina Mitchell and Karylyn Petire.
Membership dues for the Historical Society are $10.00 per year.
The first Society event will be a dinner with speaker on April 26th at the Woman's Club.
Plans are being made to open this spring sometime. Jean is still seeking pictures of old Story, especially the original Buckingham Hall and the 7th Day Adventist Church. Any photos of business establishments such as the Dynamite Cafe would be appreciated.
Items have been received from
the Marshall Wolfe family and the C. P. Story family. If anyone
has memorabilia they would like to donate you can contact Jean Lunbeck:
In 1952 the women of the Story Woman's Club were approached by the Pioneer Association of Sheridan County to let them erect a museum building on the club property or attach it to the clubhouse proper, but no action was taken on this matter.
At a meeting of the Story Woman's Club in 2001, the Centennial year for Story, Jean Lunbeck brought before the club the idea of the Woman's Club starting a museum. The women of the club agreed to do this and are working toward this goal.
Jim and Lois Balkenbush donated a small building for this project and Chris and Ken Carzoli donated their time and labor to build a foundation and move the building to the Story Woman's Club grounds.
There have been fund raisers, memorial gifts and donations toward getting this Story Centennial Museum started.
The museum is now registered with the State of Wy. as a non-profit corporation and is working toward getting a 501C3 status with the IRS.
Dick Petrie, Bill Kirkpatrick and George Elliott donated their time and labor to add decking and skirting to the building so that a small museum can be started. The future will progress from there, perhaps later including an additional room on the clubhouse proper.
Anyone interested with this project in any way with time, labor, money or items to be displayed please contact Jean Lunbeck, at 307-683-2497 or Ina Mitchell at 307-683-2331.