Construction of the new Pottawatomie County Museum has changed the landscape of downtown Shawnee, along with a paving project at the Santa Fe Depot.

Earlier this month, construction crews began putting down the historic downtown bricks at the Santa Fe Museum parking lot.

While the bricks are being set in the parking lot, Ken Landry encourages visitors to park on Main Street and use the sidewalk on the east side of the new parking lot and enter through the main entrance of the Santa Fe Depot depot.

Normal business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The bricks were uncovered during the Streetscape project. In addition to over 60 parking spaces, there are sidewalks around the museum grounds that lead up to the entrance of the new museum.

All of the bricks from Main Street were crafted in Kansas.

Total cost of the project will be $530,708.60. Parathon Construction was awarded the project.

Construction on the additional museum for the Pottawatomie County Historical Society has been halted until additional funds can be raised to cover the cost of the remaining work that must be accomplished before the building can be occupied.

The increased cost of materials and the failure of some pledges to be fulfilled have resulted in a shortfall of the amount necessary to complete the work.

Currently the Board of Directors of the Pottawatomie County Museum Society is conducting a campaign for contributions to the building fund so that the new Paul and Ann Milburn Center and required landscaping can be completed this year.

For information on how you can help with this project, call the museum at 275-8412 or email Ken Landry at, Tom Terry at decorative stars. Over 150 individuals, foundations, and businesses have supported this project. The Historical Society needs many more to fully fund this important facility.