Jan 01, 2024

ECHS grateful for Seibel’s Challenge; public invited to annual meeting Jan. 29

Posted Jan 01, 2024 10:45 AM
File photo/Hays Post
File photo/Hays Post


Ellis County Historical Society would like to thank everyone who has stepped up to support the Brick-by-Brick campaign to save and reopen the historic brick church building on Seventh and Main in Hays.

Phase 2 renovations are almost complete.

In 2023, ECHS capital fundraising set a record year. Foundation grants certainly carried momentum through the various projects but private donations from the community spoke volumes in support of the society’s mission to preserve and share the stories of our history. 

In particular, the matching campaign, initiated by Hays resident Darrell Seibel’s donation of $18,000 raised over $50,000 in donations in July 2023. Philanthropists and longtime supporters like Darrell, and his late wife, Marilyn, lead the important charge of Saving Our Past’s Future by encouraging others to join the mission and work of ECHS. When so many do their part, by whatever means possible, we are empowered to realize our vision for generations to come. 

In January, ECHS will host its annual meeting of members. The public is welcome and invited to attend. Everyone can view our new entries and renovated curator lab. Votes will be counted to select board members and approve the 2024 budget allowances. Ballot voting is reserved for members only. Applications are available at the meeting for anyone wishing to join and become a voting member. All member dues support the general operations budget. 

The Museum Space Committee is excited to share plans for Phase 3 (the final step of this project) at the annual meeting and a unique fundraising initiative will be revealed. Please join us at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 in the basement commons area of the ECHS red brick building, 100 W. Seventh St. in Hays. For easy access to the basement, the ramp entrance is open on the south side of the building.