The Rush County Historical Society, Inc.

Dedication of the Nekoma Bank Museum


Friday May 4, 2007, 5:30 p.m. - 202 W. 1st Street, LaCrosse, Kansas



The Rush County Historical Society would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project. In addition to those who contributed financially, over 70 individuals volunteered their time and talents to bring the project to completion.

The weather on dedication day was excellent as over 200 people assembled at the steps of the new museum to catch their first glimpse of the newly restored bank. Dozens of area youth had an opportunity to “make a deposit” and experience first hand the workings of an early 20th century bank.




Dedication Program

Flag Ceremony.........Rush County Boy Scouts, Rush County Girl Scouts

Presentation of Memorial Flag.........Lawrence Erbes

Welcome.........Lawrence Erbes, President Rush County Historical Society

Introduction of Local Dignitaries.........Lawrence Erbes
  • Rush County Historical Society
  • LaCrosse City Commissioners
  • Rush County Commissioners


  • History of the Nekoma Bank.........Gary L. Kay, Chairman Steering Committee

    “Reflections”.........William R. Potter II, Grandson of M.T. Moran

    Introduction of Distinguished Guests.........Lawrence Erbes
  • Rep. Jerry Moran
  • Sen. Janis K. Lee
  • Rep. Virginia Beamer


  • Ribbon Cutting.........Rush County Chamber of Commerce

    Accepting of Deposits.........Rush County 4H Junior Leaders

    First Deposit.........Lawrence Erbes





    Special Events:

    Guess the weight of the bullet safe:
    Bullet Safe Actual Weight of the Bullet Safe: 2,220 lbs. U.S.

    First Prize: $100.00 Savings Bond
       Kathleen Moran, LaCrosse, Kansas
    Second Prize: Rush County History Book
       Joe Dreiling, Hays, Kansas
    Third Prize: Rush County Historical Society Lifetime Membership
       Eleanor Cornwell, Bison, Kansas
    Fourth Prize: U.S. Mint Presidential Gold Dollar (tie)
       Raynell Penka, LaCrosse, Kansas
       Bailey Durant, LaCrosse, Kansas

    Win this handmade quilt:
    Quilt This beautiful handmade quilt was created by the Monday Evening Quilters' Club of Rush County.

    Proceeds from ticket sales are a donation to the Rush County Historical Society and proceeds will be used to help fund renovations to the bank museum.

    Congratulations to our quilt winner: Steve Miller of Burdett, Kansas

    Watch for pictures from the dedication coming soon


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