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  • Banners proclaim site of Miners Hall Museum

  • The Miners Hall Museum, Franklin, is now more visible, thanks to four new banners attached to the poles around the parking lot.



    The banners were attached to the poles Friday morning by Brian Cussimanio and Wade Curlee with the help of a City of  Frontenac bucket truck.

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  • The Miners Hall Museum, Franklin, is now more visible, thanks to four new banners attached to the poles around the parking lot.
    The banners were attached to the poles Friday morning by Brian Cussimanio and Wade Curlee with the help of a City of  Frontenac bucket truck.
    “We had debated signage, but we didn’t want to change the structure of what we already had here,” said Linda Grilz, president of the museum board. “I got to thinking that what we need is some big banners.”
    Then Grilz, who proudly describes herself as a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter, talked with her brother, Mike Grilz, Plano, Texas. The two decided to donate the banners in memory of their late father, Ben Grilz, and grandfathers Frank Grilz and Louis Baima, all coal miners.
    “My father worked for Mackie-Clemens strip coal mines for 43 years and helped his dad, Frank Grilz, in an underground mine which was located east and back north a little from Chicken Annie’s,” Grilz said. “My mother’s father, Louis Baima, spent his entire life working underground once he got to this area. The pants that he wore are here at the museum.”
    Grilz said that the banners, bearing the name of Miners Hall Museum, arrived in early November.
    “One of our board members, Mary Lou Murray, has a cousin who was going to put them up, but the cousin had a heart attack,” she said.
    After considering other options, Grilz, a Frontenac resident and former Frontenac City Council member, finally contacted Dan Brunetti, Frontenac city administrator.
    “I asked Dan if we could use the city’s bucket truck, and he said yes,” Grilz said.
     “That was pretty nice of them to do, too,” said Phyllis Bitner, museum board member. “We so much appreciate them donating the truck and services.”
    The four banners were mounted on the three poles in the museum parking lot.
    “We have two banners on the corner pole, so they can be seen from Business 69 in front of the center and from the side street as well,” Grilz said.
    She’s now considering putting up some additional signage near the U.S. 69 Bypass when it gets closer to the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, which will be at the museum May 11 to June 23.
    “We’d probably have to talk to the State of Kansas about that, but it would probably be all right,” Grilz said.

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