Main Street Spring Bulletin


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Second­Annual Historic District Community Forum

El Dorado Main Street will host the Second­Annual Historic District Community Forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 27 at the historic El Dorado Theater, 206 S. Main St. The public is invited at no charge. A complimentary catered lunch will be provided. You must RSVP for lunch by Friday, March 24 by calling 316­321­3088 or emailing

The El Dorado theater, provided by the Naill family, is a historic gem in itself. The theater was built in 1921 and still houses many of the late patriarch Mike Naill’s collectibles. Presenters at the forum will be: Craig Yaryan, past president of Main Street; Ardath Lawson, education director at the Kansas Oil Museum; Linda Jolly, executive director of El Dorado Inc.; Jennifer Cook, City of El Dorado marketing manager; Scott Rickard, El Dorado city engineer; and Susie Carson, director of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.

Yaryan will unveil the new Historic District Walking Tour and will give an update on the Façade Grant Program. Lawson will give a presentation on the historic buildings included on the new Historic District Walking Tour map. Jolly’s presentation will demonstrate how special financial resources are used to preserve, remodel, and renovate historic buildings. Cook will give a Baseline Marketing Assessment for downtown El Dorado. Rickard will update progress on flooding issues in the downtown district. Carson will introduce new businesses opening within the downtown district in the past eighteen months.

Annual Main Street Awards Dinner

Main Street invites you attend its annual awards and volunteer appreciation dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27 at La Fiesta Mexicana, 127 N. Main St., El Dorado.

Our special speaker is Jim Kirkbride, the new CEO of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. No reservations are required, but RSVPs are appreciated. Attendance at the awards presentations is free of charge; however, a full Mexican buffet will be available at a cost of $13.95 to be paid at the door. A full cash bar will be available.

Come celebrate accomplishment and volunteer spirit. President Pastor Andrew Conard and Director Emily Connell will emcee. Historic District Building Awards will be presented by Main Street in appreciation for the dedication and financial commitment of the following developers and businesses:

    John and Michele Banks for their remodel of the Farmers Merchant Bank, 101 N. Main St. The building, which was built in 1917, was also know for housing Trombla’s Jewelry for more than 50 years.

    Intrust Bank for its remodel of the Citizen’s Bank Building, 100 S. Main St. The first bank was built on this site in 1884 and was expanded into adjoining structures.

    Dave Wernli and Dick Morris for their renovation of the Ellet Opera House, 117 W. Central Ave. The opera house was constructed by Civil War Brigadier General Alfred Washington Ellet in 1884. Historic renovations were recently completed on the Ellet, which now houses a gallery and apartments. Each of the recipients will be awarded an engraved plaque to be mounted on the exterior of their buildings detailing their historic nature.

Supporters Campaign

Be a Main Street 2017 Supporter. By definition, anyone who lives, works or owns property downtown is already a member of El Dorado Main Street. Supporters financially support the organization to accomplish the mission of Main Street.

The Main Street Mission: The purpose of the Main Street Program is to enhance our downtown identity and heritage, to foster a center of activity for both business and recreation and to ensure economic stability for the heart of El Dorado through concentrated efforts of design, promotion, organization and economic vitality.

Supporter donations start at $50 and go to $10,000 and beyond. Call Main Street director Emily Connell at 316­321­3088 or 316­ 321­1888 to discuss possibilities or donate online at