Historic downtown Baldwin City was the showcase location for the Kansas Sampler Foundation Do-alogue on Wednesday, September 30. Visitors from other Kansas communities were able to experience our newest park development, Sullivan Square, named after Lucy Sweet Sullivan, Baldwin City’s first female mayor and the nation’s third female mayor. We shared our vision to “create-play -innovate” at the Lumberyard Arts Center and examined how the arts create “engaging spaces.” We also explored the Baldwin City Library’s “Signaling Progress” collaborative exhibit project. Lastly, visitors took a tram ride to the Midland Depot and visited Women’s Bridge, an infrastructure project completed by Mayor Sullivan and her “Petticoat Council.” Through these experiences, visitors gained an understanding of how working across organizations realized the discovery of town identity and history that will guide growth and enrich economic development activities. Visitors were invited to explore additional historic assets including: Baker University, Midland Depot, Black Jack Battlefield and the Santa Fe trail ruts.

Arts and Cultural Programs visitors experienced:

    • Mayor Sullivan came to life! Portrayed by Katrina Temple, Lucy welcomed the guests in Sullivan Square and shared her story.
    • Story of the development of Sullivan Square as a location to “create – play – innovate”
    • Sullivan Square Mural Bench Program
    • Baldwin City Community Mural Program’s building murals
    • Signaling Progress – a NEW exhibit created by the Baldwin City Library and Watkins Museum of History
    • Roger Boyd shared information on Baldwin City’s Sesquicentennial exhibit and the Santa Fe Trail’s 200th Anniversary.



Ultimately, these stops – Women’s Bridge, Sullivan Square, Baldwin City Library’s Signaling Progress exhibit along with the Old Castle Museum, Palmyra Post Office and Oakwood Cemetery – will be developed into the “Lucy Sweet Sullivan Walking Tour”. A project funded by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council in partnership with the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City Library and the City of Baldwin City.

From Marci Penner, Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation

Collaboration. It was evident throughout our excellent Doalogue day in Baldwin City. Perfect weather for six of us out-of-towners (Seneca, Pittsburg, Columbus, Garnett) to be inspired by the many great efforts moved forward by leaders and doers who are on the same page and invited community to provide input, as well. The informative day was led by Brian Cramer, Jeannette Blackmar, Wendy Conover and Mayor Casey Simoneou.  


Photo Credit: Lynn Hughes, City of Baldwin City; Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation




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