Agate to celebrate visitor center's 20th anniversary
Agate Fossil Beds will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Visitor Center and Museum Saturday. The national monument is located in northwest Nebraska's Sioux county, near Harrison.
Joanne Kyral was the Superintendent when the ribbon-cutting for the visitor center took place in 1987.
Kyral helped form the Friends of Agate Fossil Beds group that raised $350,000 for the project, money that gave then-Congresswoman Virginia Smith the leverage to secure a $1-1/2-million dollar federal appropriation.
Kyral, now retired and living in Colorado, says it was true community effort.
Kyral says paved roads and new staff housing that followed at Agate would not have been possible without the Visitor Center.
Starting the celebration Saturday will be a talk at 1:30 by National Park Service Curator and Colorado State University instructor Greg McDonald titled "the Equus Files" Fossil Horses and the National Parks."
That will be followed at 3:00 by the birthday party, with cake and visitors being encouraged to share their memories of Agate Fossil Beds.
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