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New Exhibit at Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum to Highlight Area Bands

Abilene Merchants Military Band in 1896

The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum will be host to a new exhibit, Strike Up the Band: The Bands of Dickinson County and Abilene, showing now until September 2.

Near the turn of the twentieth century, it was common for most communities in America to have their own city band.  Dickinson County was no exception, and communities such as Talmage, Dayton, Hope, Herington, and many others boasted their own band.  Of the groups in Dickinson County, the Abilene Municipal Concert likely rose to the most prominence, marching in both inaugural parades for President Eisenhower in Washington, DC.

These stories will be shared through photographs taken over the span of one hundred years by the Jeffcoat Studio and other area photographers.  Strike Up the Band is now on display at the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum at 321 N. Broadway St, Abilene.  Please call (785) 263-9882 for more information.

On Broadway Street and the Broadway Market

Broadway StreetFrom Bill Jeffcoat:

“In days gone by, Broadway Street in Abilene, Kansas was a popular street for stores to be in this area.

In this photo, from left to right is the Broadway Market, Duckwalls, Farmers Bank, and Abilene National Bank.

Albert Benignus was a grocer who catered to the wants of people who had the desire to pay more for better quality foods.  Two faithful employees, Ike Robinson and Leonard Rock worked at the Broadway all of their lives.  Ike was the specialist in the meat department and Leonard did the produce and stocking.  On request, your groceries would be delivered free of charge.

When Dwight Eisenhower would return to town in his early years, he bought steaks from Albert, and during World War II, he would ask Albert to send him some pon haus.

As the years rolled by and times were changing with supermarkets arriving, Albert closed down his store and sold his building.  ”