Historical society and museum hires new director

Bud DeArvil

Bud DeArvil takes over as the new Lincoln County Historical Society director, and will be assisted by his wife, Georgie. (Photo by Tyler Gier)

By Jennifer McDaniel, for the Lincoln Sentinel

After more than eight years spent in a leadership role, Andrew Anderson recently retired as director of the Lincoln County Museum.

Anderson decided to step down so he could move to McKinney, Texas, a Dallas suburb, to be closer to family, Kathie Crispin, Lincoln County Historical Society president, said in a release.

During his time as director, Anderson developed a museum website and created a Facebook page attracting more than 1,000 followers.

“(Andrew) loves history and has been a great resource at the museum,” Crispin said.

Born in the Denmark area in 1943, Anderson attended Denmark grade school and Vesper High School. He later graduated from Fort Hays State University, earning degrees in math and physical science. Following college, Anderson taught at Mankato for a short time before being drafted in January 1967.  After retiring from the Kansas National Guard in 1997, he taught in Kansas City and Bucklin before returning to Lincoln County in 2006. After teaching locally for two years, he retired and worked as a substitute.

“I have really enjoyed learning and sharing the rich history of our county,” Anderson said.

Taking his place will be Royal “Bud” DeArvil, who will be assisted by his wife, Georgie.

The couple moved to Lincoln after Bud retired in 2013. Georgie, a 1966 Vesper High School graduate, wanted to return to the area, and so the DeArvils relocated about four years ago.

Bud graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. In 1982, he received his master’s degree in communications from Fort Hays State University. Georgie graduated from Marymount in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and education. She later earned her Master of Arts degree in special education from the University of Kansas in 1992.

Crispin said the DeArvils will work closely with the historical society’s board of directors to advance the organization to higher levels of public service and a greater presence in the community.

“We feel that we have a couple with the skills and experience to expand the museum’s audience and build relevance within the immediate community,” she said.

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