The Historical Society finds new offices

By Randy Gonzales Special for Hays Daily News

This is the home, sweet home of the Ellis County Historical Society.

ECHS has its new business office since the beginning of the new year. After being forced to close its main campus at the Seventh and Main Museum in 2019 due to a mold issue, the ECHS business office moved to 1111 E. 30th Street.

Through a collaboration and donation from the Schmidt Foundation, the new office space at 1011 W. 27th Street, Suite F1, at Eagle Business Plaza provides ECHS with the opportunity to better provide reference materials to the general public. Gary Shorman, president of the Schmidt Foundation, contacted the ECHS board last fall regarding the provision of office space.

“This new space will give

ECHS a new look and the foundation for a bright future,” Shorman said in a press release.

ECHS acting director Amanda Rupp said she would use the office space for a year while the board considered developing a plan for a permanent location for the office space and the collection of museum artifacts.

“We have to figure out a direction and head there,” Rupp said. “It makes no difference to me whether it’s renovating the old building, building a new one or buying something. The council must decide in which direction.

Office hours are 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Archival Assistant Betty MacDonald is available to assist remotely with county or genealogy research. Call 785-628-2624 for an appointment.

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