Every Building Tells A Story: Central HS Project
The history of four iconic Salina buildings, as researched by Central High history students, is currently on display at the Smoky Hill Museum. The Museum’s hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
The Museum was honored to collaborate with teacher Deirdre Hoff on this history class project. Students worked in project teams to research four historically significant Salina buildings: the H.D. Lee Buildings, the Masonic Center, the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts and the United Building.
The culmination of each group’s project was the development of a display board for their building. These eye-catching and informative displays are currently on exhibit at the museum.
“This project really opened our eyes to the history of Salina. It expanded our knowledge of downtown. We learned about Salina’s role in industry and production of goods. We learned how fires have shaped Salina’s past. This project has really influenced the way we view the importance of the past to Salina’s present.” – H.D. Lee building project team.
The Students did research at the Smoky Hill Museum, the Salina Public Library and talked with staff from the City of Salina Planning Office. Through the generosity and hospitality of the property owners, students also visited each site. The objectives for this project were to exercise sound research techniques, experience local history in meaningful ways, enhance respect for that history and to tell the buildings’ stories through creative and accurate displays.