Historical Society donation made in honor of Sheri Reisdorff

December 20, 2018

The Butler County Historical Society received a Christmas gift a little bit early this year.

The Hruska Memorial Public Library in downtown David City has donated a card catalog to the historical society in honor of late resident and former Banner-Press contributor Shari Reisdorff.

The library has owned the card catalog for at least the past 50 years and it was used by patrons to find items within the library’s collection. For the past few months, Library Executive Director Kay Schmid said officials had been looking for a new home for the catalog.

Although the historical society was interested in the catalog, Jacque Masek, secretary of the Butler County Historical Society, said they were unable to afford the $350 price tag. So, Schmid reached out to Jim Reisdorff about donating the catalog in memory of his wife, Shari, who passed away earlier this year from health complications.

“Shari was a wonderful volunteer who helped the library and promoted our program through her Banner-Press articles,” Schmid said. “Her passing was a great loss to the community. Shari loved to showcase David City at its best and that will be really missed.”

With this arrangement, the catalog and its display table will be getting a new home in the county museum.

“We knew the museum has a good use for it and thought it should stay in town,” Schmid said. “It all worked out for everybody.”

The Reisdorffs moved to David City from Columbus in 2001. Shari was an alumna of Kearney State College and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. For 12 years she was a feature writer for The Banner-Press and worked with her husband at South Platte Press as an office manager. She was an avid supporter of the library prior to her October death.

“I was kind of flattered that they were willing to do this for Shari,” her husband, Jim Reisdorff, said. “Just totally unexpected.”

Masek said the museum is currently in the process of upgrading its inventory system. While everything will be cataloged on computers, Masek said museum officials would still like to a have paper trail in case the computers crash or get damaged. The museum will put a plaque on the catalog in Shari Reisdorff’s honor.

“We were just really glad to get it,” Masek said about the card catalog.

While over half-a-century old, the card catalog will continue to be of use to the community for many years to come.

“It’s well made and it’s going to serve a lot longer at the museum,” Schmid said. “It’s going to get a lot of good use there.”

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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