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Prairie Moon is a 1938 American Western film directed by Ralph Staub and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Shirley Deane. Written by Betty Burbridge and Stanley Roberts, the film is about a singing cowboy who takes care of three tough boys sent west from Chicago after their father dies and leaves them a cattle ranch. Gene takes care of three tough kids sent west from Chicago after their father died and left them a cattle ranch.Prairie Moon is one of Evanston’s longest running restaurants, opened in 2002, and in fact, holds one of Evanston’s first liquor licenses. Evanston is home of Frances Willard, the national president of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and was a completely dry city until 1972. It didn’t legalize liquor stores until 1984 and its first distillery and brewery opened in 2011 and 2012.
In 1952, after 40 years of working the land, Rusch retired. “To kill old-age boredom,” he first rented, then purchased the Prairie Moon Dance Pavilion and transformed it into a museum. Rusch filled the arched-roof building to the bursting point with natural phenomena, curios, unusual machines, and personal mementos. Among them were a tree grown around a scythe, a washing machine powered by a goat on a treadmill, and taxidermy specialties such as a fox and rabbit trapped in a hollow log.Some will remember Rusch for his curious view of the natural world made manifest in his roadside museum. Others will recall with fondness his lively fiddling at barn dances and weddings. But no one who’s seen it will forget Herman Rusch’s magnificent Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum. His powerful vision, tireless labor, and organic sense of rhythm, form, and color not only made such a feat possible, but also brought him wide acclaim.
Created by self-taught artist Fred Schlosstein (1869-1953), the village of eighteen buildings has been carefully restored with the assistance of Kohler Foundation. The buildings had been kept in the family and were donated by the artist's grandson and his wife, Gary and Shelby Schlosstein. An outdoor installation of more Schlosstein sculptures was added in 2008. Additional sculptures were added to the refurbished prairie area when the John and Bertha Mehringer "Fountain City Rock Garden" was moved from its river bluff hillside home to the Prairie Moon grounds. The entire site is cared for today by the Friends of Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden.Our large, active club teaches project skills in all areas of livestock leadership, as well as in projects designed for skill development and recreation. The community leaders of the club believe that service work is another important club focus. Prairie Moon provides community service opportunities each month that include actual hands-on service, as well as donations to local charities through funds raised by the club. (Source:www.johnson.k-state.edu)