Abilene has been challenged.
The gauntlet has been thrown to the ground.
Abilene City Manger David Dillner told us to take the path less traveled at the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce dinner.
Overland Park Jerry Cook said the county’s tourism dollars were wonderful but we can do better. So, Abilene, what are we going to do about it?
I think most folks just want to complain about how bad everything is and how everyone is shopping in Salina and traveling distances for vacations.
I recently realized that the last time I was a paying customer at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum was a couple years ago when Richard Norton Smith had his collection of presidential signatures on display. A couple years ago? Try three presidents ago!
So while the “Acts of Congress” was in town, I laid down my admission money and viewed the museum as a paying customer. Because the Reflector-Chronicle had published the “Getting to Know George” series, most of the myths had already been dispelled.
Washington did not throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. Even if it were possible to throw a silver dollar a mile, there was no such thing as a silver dollar at that time.
Did you miss that exhibit? Too bad. The $8 million document moved on to the next stop on its 17th Presidential museum tour.
And thank you to the staff that kept the museum open ‘til 8 p.m. Now that’s making the “Acts of Congress” available to a whole new group of people.
There are many, many wonderful things to do here in Abilene and the surrounding Dickinson County area that we residents take for granted.
I have not been to the Jeffcoat Museum and I’m a photographer. Bill Jeffcoat took my senior picture. Yes, it was in black and white but painted to look like full color.
I have not been a paying customer through the Seeley Mansion, taken my grandkids on a ride on the C.W. Parker Carousel, or paid to see the Kansas Auto Racing Museum. The working carousel complete with hand-carved horses was built in 1901 and is at the Dickinson County Heritage Center. It was recently voted as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs.
Realizing that my grandsons are avid NASCAR fans whose favorite TV channel is the Speed Channel, why is that we have not been to the auto racing museum?
The Greyhound Hall of Fame is free and the grandkids have been there.
The City of Abilene’s web page lists 14 attractions. I checked off The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on my list of attractions to visit now through August.
What on your checklist this summer?