Spring ushers in plenty of activities and happenings at the Basehor Historical Museum Society. The second annual May Day craft class for children was held April 27. Craft materials and ideas were provided by the museum and creativity was provided by the children in attendance.

Spring ushers in plenty of activities and happenings at the Basehor Historical Museum Society. The second annual May Day craft class for children was held April 27. Craft materials and ideas were provided by the museum and creativity was provided by the children in attendance.

Basehor resident Debbie Earnheart led the May Day activity. After brainstorming with other volunteers, they decided to be more focused with crafts this year.

“I always desire to be creative and believe it’s possible to make beautiful things from plain or everyday items,” Earnheart said. “I love brown craft paper so we created our vases or baskets from that and made different flowers from unique household items.”

Coming up in June will be the annual etiquette class as well as the ladies afternoon tea. The etiquette class will take place June 4, June 11 and June 18 with graduation June 22. This year’s class is a continuation of last year’s theme of “Mind Your Manners.”

There will be two classes based on age. The class for children 6 to 8 years old will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The class for children 9 to 12 years old will run from 7-8 p.m. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

This year’s ladies afternoon tea will take place June 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the museum. Ladies are encouraged to dress in their finest attire, including hats and gloves. A special blend of the Queen’s Tea will be served, which is a special blend of tea that the Queen of England is said to enjoy only on her birthday.

This year’s ladies afternoon tea program is “A Button’s Tale” and will be presented by museum director Lila White. White owned and ran a button shop called Button Boutique for three years. She has a wide variety of antique and modern buttons that will be on display. The cost is $12 per person.

New displays beginning this month include a display of a dozen vintage cameras, with the oldest being a circa 1912 Ansco No. 3 camera. Another new display has recently been added paying homage to the history of the Fairmount Township Fire Department, which was established in 1951. Antique equipment, a fire suit and pictures of notable Basehor fires are included in the display.

The museum offers free admission during regular business hours on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is run entirely by volunteers and is able to continue operating through fundraising events and donations from the public.

Contact the museum at 913-724-4022 to reserve a spot for the etiquette class or to purchase tickets to the ladies tea.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com