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Historical society celebrates 50 years

By GAYLE WEBER

gweber@dailynews.net

RUSH CENTER -- Rush County Historical Society is celebrating 50 years with a year-long slate of activities.

The celebration began in December with an open house at the society's museum in La Crosse.

"It was a bigger response than we ever dreamed of," said Judith Reynolds, vice president and curator of the historical society.

She said several hundred people toured the museum that day. Each month through the end of the year, the group will host events to showcase the society's history and capture more of it.

On Saturday, historical characters from Rush County's history, including librarian Howard Barnard, slain postmaster Katie Coffey, horse-racing jockey Levi Burlingame, pioneer women and more, took part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rush Center.

The group's biggest event each year is the Kansas Barbed Wire Super Show in La Crosse --  scheduled for May 2 to 4.

This year's show will include an old-fashioned barn dance, world champion splicing contest and a candlelight banquet with people encouraged to dress as their favorite historical character.

Other events include the McCracken Rodeo, Rush County Fair, Fall Fest Car Show, Veterans Day, Christmas parades in La Crosse and Otis and many more.

For more information on the society and its 50-year celebration, visit www.rushcounty.org.