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Chamber, Visitors’ Bureau moves to Prairie Village Museum

By Staff | Nov 22, 2016

The Rugby Chamber of Commerce and the Rugby Convention & Visitors’ Bureau are moving to the Prairie Village Museum.

The Chamber and Visitors’ Bureau have been located inside of Hartley Mall, north of Hardware Hank, but are not as visible to the community as one would like them to be.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea and a great thing for the Visitors’ Bureau and the Chamber,” said executive director of both the Visitors’ Bureau and the Chamber, Shelley Block. “I know that the museum plans to have the building itself more visible, and I think it’s time for [the Chamber and the Visitors’ Bureau] to be back on the highway.”

Block explained that a tourist visiting last summer did not know there was more to Rugby beyond Highway-2. This event, and others like it, inspired the idea to get the Chamber and the Visitors’ Bureau back on the highway, as it had been in the past.

“We need to be out there to guide our tourists and show them what downtown Rugby has to offer. Signs are great, but the one-on-one interaction is so much better,” Block said.

According to Block, what makes the connection between the Chamber and Visitors’ Bureau and the people who come to visit Rugby so important, is the ability to learn about other people, their cultures, and the places they hail from.

“It’s fun to meet them,” she said. “Not even just to tell them about Rugby, but to hear about where they’re from, too. We’re proud of where they come from.”

The collaboration between the Chamber, Visitors’ Bureau and the museum is one that Prairie Village Museum’s executive director, Cathy Jelsing had the idea for.

Block and Jelsing had discussed the possibility of the businesses having close locations in the past, considering all three have the same goal of welcoming tourists and visitors.

“It’s going to be a wonderful collaboration and a huge plus for the community, I truly believe that,” Block said. “We’re bringing in tourism, but at the same time, we’re explaining what this town has to offer.”

The move is expected to take place early spring, once construction on the museum is completed.

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