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Cuba Heritage Center combines gymnastics, photos and medical history

CUBA – An effort to preserve Cuba’s history has resulted in the construction of the Cuba Heritage Center to provide exhibit space for nearly 100-year-old gymnastic equipment, to display National Geographic photographs taken of the town and to honor a long-time community doctor.

The center is located where Dr. McClaskey’s building used to be in downtown Cuba. To honor “Doc,” who delivered more than 600 babies during the 52 years he practiced, the front of the building replicates what it looked like while he cared for patients. His office memorabilia is also on display.

The building remained 20 feet wide but increased in length to 60 feet to accommodate Cuba’s historic Sokol Equipment. Sokol, a gymnastics organization for all ages, was founded in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1862. A Sokol organization started in Cuba in the 1920s, and gymnastic equipment was purchased and handmade. In 2004, the equipment was discovered in the attic of the Cuba Community Hall.

On the walls of the center, photographs of Cuba taken over a 40-year span by Cuba native and National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson are displayed.

Foundation grant funding helped pay for project costs.