June 2018-August 2018
Two Kansas landmarks, one extinct and one still standing, are featured in this exhibition of postcards from the Timothy Johnson Postcard Collection to tell interesting stories about the history of this area. The postcards displayed are from the Special Collections at Forsyth Library, which curates and preserves materials related to regional and cultural history.
A large saltwater spring, believed to have spiritual and healing powers, was located in Mitchell County. Known as the “Great Spirit Spring” by the Plains Indians, the site surrounding it became a hotel and health spa in 1894. It was sold in 1906 and was operated as a sanitarium and health spa until 1964. Today Waconda Lake covers the spring and resort area, which was bulldozed for construction of the dam.
Garden of Eden
S.P. Dinsmoor, a teacher, farmer and eccentric sculptor, built a house between 1904-1907 that he called the Cabin Home in Lucas. It was made of limestone quarried to look like logs. Over the next 20 years, he created his Garden of Eden with cement structures that displayed his populist and religious beliefs. Today the Friends of S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden oversee the site.