Lee’s Summit wants you to share your bits of local history at the first Art & Artifacts Fair.
Tell family stories by showing off old photographs, phone directories or hand tools as part of the city’s observance of May Preservation Month, sponsored by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Lee’s Summit Historical Society.
The free event is 1 to 4 p.m. May 17, however the deadline to submit entries is May 2.
Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Commission has held special events to commemorate Preservation Month, including a number of walking tours downtown and cemetery tours.
This year the commission wanted to try something different, said Kathy Smith, chairperson of the commission, and Lee’s Summit Historical Society president.
“We know there are a lot of cool artifacts out there,” Smith said.
The society hopes some people will decide to contribute items for display in the museum that will open in the WPA Post Office on Main Street. But at the least, the museum would like to document the artifacts and take photographs, or copy photographs people have in their albums for its archives.
The commission also will have on display large prints of photographs from its collection, to be interpreted by students from Lee’s Summit North’s drama and International Baccalaureate history classes.
Contest winners will be judged on historic significance and accompanying local history and will be awarded certificates.
The public is also invited to the 2014 annual Strawberry Lawn Fete, another May Preservation Month activity, to be held 2 to 4 p.m. May 4, at 305 NE Green Street in downtown Lee’s Summit. The Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Commission will present this year’s Graves/Hale Historic Preservation Award to the family of Mr. Carl R. Sechler in honor and recognition of his contribution to the history of Lee’s Summit.
Sechler, born in 1882, was a builder whose family helped create landmarks such as the downtown depot, Longview Farms and homes in the Howard Neighborhood Historic District.