Sunday, April 29, 2012
A small eastern Kansas town is planning for a big celebration of its mining heritage starting next week.
Franklin will open the Miners Hall Museum on Tuesday in a former coal mining camp's union hall.
Starting May 1, a year's worth of themed monthly exhibits will be featured at the museum. Those will culminate in May 2013 when a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit arrives in town for six weeks.
The museum was chosen as one of only six organizations to host the Smithsonian exhibit. The Franklin County town of 250 people is expecting thousands of visitors for the exhibit.
The Joplin Globe reports the union hall where the exhibits will be displayed was destroyed by a 2003 tornado but rebuilt with federal money.