Riley County Historical Museum to close Tuesday afternoon for funeral of late director

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Riley County Historical Museum (courtesy image)

The Riley County Historical Museum will be closed Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m.

Riley County commissioners granted the closure so staff could attend the funeral of long time executive director Cheryl Collins, who died last week following a brief illness. Curator of Design Allana Parker joined KMAN’s In Focus Monday and remembered Collins as a caring person who enjoyed sharing her knowledge of history and also listening to others.

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Parker was hired by Collins nearly a decade ago and says she’ll always be fond of the opportunity to work alongside her mentor.

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Cheryl Collins (courtesy photo)

Collins began working at the museum in 1981, later taking over as the museum’s third director in 1988, a position she held up until her death.

A funeral service for Collins will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Methodist Church with interment at 3:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Creek Cemetery. The family was scheduled to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, located at 1616 Poyntz Ave. in Manhattan.

Memorials are suggested to the Riley County Historical Society and can be left in care of the funeral home.

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