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Volunteer devoted many hours to preserving history of Wichita schools

Janice Luther has been a longtime volunteer at the McCormick School Museum. She served as its first and only president of the museum board until this year and is now stepping down. (Oct. 16, 2014)
Janice Luther has been a longtime volunteer at the McCormick School Museum. She served as its first and only president of the museum board until this year and is now stepping down. (Oct. 16, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Janice Luther always loved teaching, especially if it involved music.

She also loved volunteering.

“It is just something I did,” said Luther, 85, a retired teacher. “Whether it was teaching little kids in Sunday school class at our church or being the director of our bell choir.”

Luther sometimes hesitates talking about herself. But her friends and co-workers say she spent a lifetime helping others.

In the past few decades, she helped preserve the history of Wichita schools. Luther served 16 years as president of the McCormick School Museum board. She recently stepped down and was recognized last week for her years of service.

“She was Victorian and proper,” Paul Oberg, museum curator, said of Luther’s spirit of volunteerism. “She’s from the old school.”

The McCormick school, by the way, is Wichita’s oldest school building, designed by famed architects Proudfoot and Bird and built in 1890. It is at 855 S. Martinson, southwest of downtown Wichita.

Val Cheatham, who serves as the McCormick Museum board treasurer, said Luther worked hard to help preserve the school district’s history.

“She spent a lot of time at the museum,” Cheatham said.

While she was president, Luther said, “I enjoyed it. There were always wonderful people.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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