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  • New bench at museum

  • Those looking at the old miner’s, drag-line bucket and other outdoor exhibits on the grounds of the Miners Hall Museum now have a bench where they can sit and enjoy the view.

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  • Those looking at the old miner’s, drag-line bucket and other outdoor exhibits on the grounds of the Miners Hall Museum now have a bench where they can sit and enjoy the view.
    The bench was project of Robert Mangile and Barb Robins, members of Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society, Pittsburg. Robins is also a volunteer at the museum in Franklin.
    “She comes faithfully every Tuesday and does whatever we need her to do,” said Phyllis Bitner, museum board member.
    Mangile said that Robins came up to him at an Audubon meeting and said that the group needed a community project.
    “I talked to Phyllis and suggested some things at the museum, and she said that a bench would be good,” Robins said. “I knew that was something we could do because we put on in at Wilderness Park several years ago. It would  just be a thing to get people outside to sit and enjoy their surroundings.”
    Bitner did request that the bench be in keeping with the historic period of the outdoor buildings on the grounds. It also needed to be something that would not be out of place in a southeast Kansas coal camp.
    “It couldn’t be anything with wrought iron or anything very fancy,” Mangile said. “I got into my scrapbox.”
    He found some good redwood there, so constructed the bench entirely of redwood. He and Robins set it firmly in cement Wednesday on the museum grounds.
    “That bench will be here when we’re all gone, unless somebody happens to run over it,” Mangile said.
     

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