October 12 and 13, 2018
Ron and I (Ron and Marsha
Rolander) are happy that Lindsborg, Kansas is the location for the 2018
Schoenhut Collectors’ Convention. We enjoyed the 2017 convention in
Lancaster and want to thank the planners and presenters for a memorable
experience. Seeing Andy Yaffee's collection was fantastic. We
enjoyed the Pennsylvania
countryside and a little antique shopping. The best part was being in the
company of our club members! The programs and round tables were full of
If you are planning to fly
to Lindsborg, you will want to check air fares into Kansas City or
Wichita. The Kansas City airport is a little over 2 hours away. If you
want to spend time in Kansas City, be sure to check out the
Kansas City Doll and Toy
Museum, as well as the UFDC headquarters. As you travel west, enjoy the
beautiful Flint Hills and Tall Grass Prairie. You might want to stop in
Abilene to see the Eisenhower Library and boyhood home of Dwight D
Eisenhower (and some good antique stores).
If you choose Wichita, the
drive to McPherson will be approximately 1 hour. You might want to check
some antique stores in that area!
Lindsborg, located in the
Smoky Valley of Kansas, was founded by Swedish pioneers who began to
arrive in 1869. They founded the city, Bethany Lutheran Church, and
Bethany College. These hardy pioneers learned the English language,
tilled the soil, and practiced their trades, as well as preserving many of
Swedish customs and
traditions, including a love of music and the arts. You will have a
chance to explore the charming galleries, shops, and restaurants that line
the brick-paved streets in downtown Lindsborg.
You can tour historic
Bethany Lutheran Church, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum, Smoky
Valley, Roller Mills, and Heritage Square. (www.oldmillmuseum.org), the Birger Sandzen Memorial
Gallery (www.sandzen.org), as well as the Red Barn Studio, home of the
fabulous work of artist Lester Raymer, who presented his wife with a
one-of-a-kind handmade toy each Christmas.
You might enjoy driving 2
miles to see Coronado Heights, with a spectacular 360-degree view of the
Smoky Valley. If you have
never seen buffalo in the
wild, the Maxwell game preserve is a short distance from McPherson.
The nearby town of
Marquette is the place to go if you would like to see a motorcycle
Bring your appetite to
Kansas – several meals will be served to you by the friendly staff of the
Sundstrom Conference Center. You can find all kinds of treats and
beverages as you walk along Lindsborg's main street. Friendly business
proprietors will be ready to greet you!
You might be interested to
know that I first learned about Schoenhut pianos, dolls, and toys in 1974
when the late Marian Poe, from Peabody, Kansas, allowed the Sandzen
Gallery to use her amazing collection for a holiday display. My
three-year-old daughter and I were thrilled to see it and a local
took her back to be
photographed with the toys. The pictures and story were in the magazine,
as well as the cover photo. Marian Poe was a college roommate of Dorothy
See you in the fall – we will
have a good time!