Auction items 

Town of Hillsboro prepares to auction thousands of museum artifacts

HILLSBORO, Kansas. (KSNW) – From classic cars to unique taxidermy samples, approximately 2,500 items will be auctioned off at the Marion County Fairgrounds this Saturday, May 14.

It’s all part of cleaning up the city’s museums and warehouses, which city officials say are so full that a number of them have become unsafe.

“Everything you see here is a multiple, in some cases many multiples, of items that we have that are still on display in our museums,” Hillsboro Mayor Lou Thurston said.

Dozens of volunteers from several city departments helped make this weekend’s auction possible.

“We’re in the process of offering things to donors or original families, so there’s a bit of detective work going on,” Hillsboro City Administrator Matt Stiles said.

Stiles says this weekend’s cleanup will also mean a friendlier experience for museum visitors.

“Hillsboro has a rich history, and I think we haven’t necessarily done it as much justice as we’ve done in the past by keeping it all, so putting it back in the community was great,” said Stiles said.

The auction will take place Saturday, May 14 at the Marion County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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