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Museum Comes to Life during Rhubarb Festival

By Staff | Jun 16, 2017

Submitted photo Friends of Prairie Village Museum member Paula Jelsing scoops rhubarb ice cream, one of dozens of rhubarb treats to be served at the 2017 Museum Comes Alive Rhubarb Festival, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 25, in Rugby.

Prairie Village Museum’s annual Rhubarb Festival is all about celebrating rhubarb. And this year, it’s about celebrating history too. Rhubarb lovers will find everything rhubarb, plus costumed villagers in the museum’s village square, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, in Rugby.

“We’ve held Museum Comes Alive and the Rhubarb Festival as separate events for the past few years,” said festival chair Kathy Blessum. “Each event has been successful, but by combining the two we think we’re creating a truly entertaining and memorable afternoon.”

Rhubarb will be served, rain or shine, in the museum’s Sandven Exhibition Hall. A $5 donation will purchase six tastes of rhubarb-inspired desserts, cakes, pies, cookies, breads, ice cream and more.

Costumed volunteers will be scattered throughout the village, working in the blacksmith shop, teaching in Juniata Township School, demonstrating in the Summer Kitchen, and chatting up visitors in the creamery, saloon, and more.

In the Penn Depot, visitors will step back into the future as museum collections manager Stephanie Steinke uses modern technology to scan letters, photographs and other personal historical documents for anyone who brings them to the festival.

“We are especially looking for war-related documents we could use for research or display in our upcoming WWI exhibit,” Steinke said. “The scanning is free. We’ll provide everyone with digital copies of their documents on CDs, share information on preserving the originals, and if we receive permission place digital copies in the museum’s archives.”

All proceeds from the Museum Comes Alive Rhubarb Festival will go to support the museum’s WWI exhibit, scheduled to open May 2018. Friends of the Museum will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and chips from noon until gone. Coffee comes free with the rhubarb.

The museum entrance fee during the festival is $5 for adults. Admission is free for active-duty military families, kids age 17 and under, and for Geographical Center Historical Society members. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Museum and the Rugby Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

For more information on the Museum Comes Alive Rhubarb Festival or the free historical document scanning, visit www.prairievillagemuseum.com or call 701-776-6414.

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