The historic Wolf House Museum at Fremont and Juliette will be closed until autumn for renovations to the east bedroom.
Linda Glasgow, of the Riley County Historical Society, told county commissioners Monday that the renovations were made possible because of a $6,000 grant from the Manhattan Fund-Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation. The grant will also be matched with funds from the Friends of the Wolf House Museum.
The Historical Society plans on using the funds for researching historical items within the room, removing the modern bathroom addition, plumbing and electrical fixtures that are no longer needed, and removing old wallpaper. The ceiling in the room will also be secured and all plaster repairs will be fixed.
Staffers also plan to fix windows and woodwork and repaint and re-wallpaper the room.
Glasgow said that as of Monday they had secured all the collections within the home and “as many artifacts as possible have been boxed up and everything has been covered to protect from fine dust produced from the restoration.”
Society members have uncovered at least four layers of wallpaper. They have also started research on the paint finishes within the woodwork in the room. Glasgow said once the renovation work is completed, they will clean the home and replace the exhibits.
She said the project “completes the renovations of the original part of the house, with the exception of the original kitchen, built in 1868.”
Riley County Extension Agriculture Agent Greg McClure told the Riley County Commission that the county wheat crop is looking good so far. McClure said the crop still needs a good amount of rain, and added that the weather in the spring will need to stay relatively cool to maximize the potential harvest.
McClure cautioned farmers that this would be a good time to finish up any fertilization of wheat crops. He said that crops such as alfalfa also need to be fertilized now or it will be too late.
Health Department Administrator Position
Human Resources director Cindy Volanti said applications for the Riley County Health Department Administrator position will be accepted until March 31. Those who are interested can apply and attach a resume at the county website, www.rileycountyks.gov.