John Howard

John Howard with the magic lantern he often demonstrated for visitors to the Koester House Museum, where he gave tours for two decades. The museum will honor him during Museum Day April 2 with chocolate cake for all. Advocate file photo

Visitors at the Koester House Museum & Gardens often wrote notes of thanks during the 20 years that John Howard was curator there.

A women’s club from northern Riley County took the tour, and the members were lavish in their praise of the museum and the stories told by the “handsome gentleman” in charge.