Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum

Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum Admission is Free
The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum features the works of three generations of photographers who documented people, places and events happening in Abilene and the surrounding areas.
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The Jeffcoat family saved all the photo negatives in the hopes that families would come back and get copies of the family photos that were taken at the studio. The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum continues that tradition by preserving and storing those same negatives. We also offer copies of those negatives. The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum also houses an extensive collection of cameras and photo equipment. Stop by and visit us next time you are in Abilene Kansas. We are located at 321 North Broadway. Lucy Jeffcoat 1871-1950 At the age of 16 she traveled from Abilene to Williamsport to learn how to retouch photographs. She worked out of the home for many years retouching local photographers' works. In 1921, she and her son Paul "Bud" Jeffcoat started a photography business. Paul "Bud" Jeffcoat 1899-1976 Bud started the Jeffcoat photography business in 1921 with his mother. In 1925 he built the building where the current museum is housed. Bill Jeffcoat 1925-2007 After graduating from high school, Bill traveled the country working for photographers. In 1948 he came home. A famous local man by the name of General Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for President of the United States of America and Bill's inquisitive nature would not let him miss the opportunity to document the changes happening in his small town.

Mission: To preserve the works and equipment of three generations of Jeffcoat photographers for future generations of photography lovers.

Changes to the Abilene Memorial Hospital over the years.
06/18/2020

Changes to the Abilene Memorial Hospital over the years.

Remember drinking fountains?
06/11/2020

Remember drinking fountains?

The daughter of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in Abilene, Kansas.  1941
06/04/2020

The daughter of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in Abilene, Kansas. 1941

The anniversary of the collapse and demolition of the Abilene Plaza Theater, and the J.C. Penney store in May 1999.    D...
05/28/2020

The anniversary of the collapse and demolition of the Abilene Plaza Theater, and the J.C. Penney store in May 1999. Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his candidacy for President on June 4, 1952, at the Plaza Theater.

Old Abilene Town memories.
05/22/2020

Old Abilene Town memories.

In recognition of our Abilene Schools.
05/14/2020

In recognition of our Abilene Schools.

September 18, 1962 storm in Abilene.
05/06/2020

September 18, 1962 storm in Abilene.

October 1,1970 road repair on Buckeye.
04/29/2020

October 1,1970 road repair on Buckeye.

A view of Cedar Street looking south. Notice the A&P store on the corner and Quillen Drug Store.
04/24/2020

A view of Cedar Street looking south. Notice the A&P store on the corner and Quillen Drug Store.

Boating on the Smoky Hill River south of Abilene in the 1920s.
04/17/2020

Boating on the Smoky Hill River south of Abilene in the 1920s.

Memories from the General's Wax Museum next to Old Abilene Town.
03/26/2020

Memories from the General's Wax Museum next to Old Abilene Town.

03/23/2020

Until further notice, the Jeffcoat Studio Museum will be closed for business. Everyone, take care.

Remembering Shockey & Landes, hardware, furniture, and household items.  It was built in 1886 and sold in March 1984.
03/19/2020

Remembering Shockey & Landes, hardware, furniture, and household items. It was built in 1886 and sold in March 1984.

03/13/2020

NOTICE:

The Jeffcoat Museum will be closed for business from March 14th until March 21st as a precaution due to the Coronavirus.

The clock in front of the Goodell Jewelry and Electrical store at 318 Broadway was a landmark from the early 1900s until...
03/05/2020

The clock in front of the Goodell Jewelry and Electrical store at 318 Broadway was a landmark from the early 1900s until it was donated to the City in the 1950s. It was placed by the swimming pool for a while until it quit working then was put in storage. Years later Cliff Gibbs found it in pieces and restored it. It is currently by the Eisenhower Park Rose Garden.

Looking for help.  Does anyone know what this business was or where it was located?
02/27/2020

Looking for help. Does anyone know what this business was or where it was located?

Anyone know the year?  The Woolworth store at 304 N. Broadway and Hees Bakery.  Bill Jeffcoat wrote a note that "Art Hes...
02/20/2020

Anyone know the year? The Woolworth store at 304 N. Broadway and Hees Bakery. Bill Jeffcoat wrote a note that "Art Hess, had a penny candy window and would stand very patiently while we kids took a lot of time in deciding what to buy for three cents."

Third Street bridge in Abilene, Kansas.  In the top photo, is the bridge in 1887 and the bottom photo is some time in th...
02/13/2020

Third Street bridge in Abilene, Kansas. In the top photo, is the bridge in 1887 and the bottom photo is some time in the 1940s.

Remember Alco in Abilene?
01/24/2020

Remember Alco in Abilene?

Anyone remember KP&L on Broadway?  This was January 11, 1967.
01/16/2020

Anyone remember KP&L on Broadway? This was January 11, 1967.

We will be closed from December 25th until January 1, 2020.  Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday! (Photo of Bill Jeffcoat c...
12/19/2019

We will be closed from December 25th until January 1, 2020. Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday! (Photo of Bill Jeffcoat circa 1926) 🎁🎄☃️

We will be closed on Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful Holiday!
11/21/2019

We will be closed on Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful Holiday!

This photo is posted for Jane Buenning Schneider, formally of Abilene.  The group photo of the Abilene Lions Club was ta...
10/30/2019

This photo is posted for Jane Buenning Schneider, formally of Abilene. The group photo of the Abilene Lions Club was taken in 1935 outside the Sunflower Hotel. The only woman in the group, in the front row, is Florance Ann (Fritz) Buenning.

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!Etherington's Barn Halloween Party.
10/30/2019

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!
Etherington's Barn Halloween Party.

Abilene has had a varied history since 1857 when the Hersey family settled here on the banks of Mud Creek.  In the 1860s...
10/04/2019

Abilene has had a varied history since 1857 when the Hersey family settled here on the banks of Mud Creek. In the 1860s and 1870s, we saw longhorn cattle shipments from Texas and growth in the local economy and industry. Numerous homes and business standing today were constructed close to the turn of the twentieth century. This exhibit observes local architecture as a reminder of our community and times past. The Exhibit will run until January 2020. Please visit our Free Museum and enjoy our History.

Join us for our new exhibit on Transportation. Navigating land, sea, and air, this exhibition takes a look at a variety ...
06/06/2019

Join us for our new exhibit on Transportation. Navigating land, sea, and air, this exhibition takes a look at a variety of modes of transport used from the late 1800s onwards. From horses and wagon to airplanes and the occasional goat and dog. The exhibit will run until September 1, 2019.

Ida Stover Eisenhower was born in 1862.  In 1885, she married David Jacob Eisenhower at Lane University and they had 7 c...
03/09/2019

Ida Stover Eisenhower was born in 1862. In 1885, she married David Jacob Eisenhower at Lane University and they had 7 children. She was active in her church and community in Abilene, Kansas. While all of her children were successful, it was her son, Dwight D. Eisenhower that become the 34th President of the United States. President Eisenhower once said of her:
Many such persons of her faith, selflessness, and boundless consideration of others have been called saintly. She was that—but above all, she was a worker, an administrator, a teacher and guide, a truly wonderful woman.
The 24th Annual Ida Stover Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show will run March 18-31 at the Dickinson County Heritage Center. For more information see their page at https://www.facebook.com/dkcohistory/ or call 785-263-2681.

01/18/2019

We will be closed on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Please call 785-263-2681 for assistance.

We will close at 4:30 on December 22 and open again at 8:30 on January 2, 2019.    Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!
12/19/2018

We will close at 4:30 on December 22 and open again at 8:30 on January 2, 2019. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!

148 years ago, Marshal Smith rode his horse, Silver Heels, to arrest two men outside of Abilene. He was known as Thomas ...
11/02/2018

148 years ago, Marshal Smith rode his horse, Silver Heels, to arrest two men outside of Abilene. He was known as Thomas James “Bear River” Smith and was the Abilene Marshal from June 1870 to November 1870. He was known as the “No gun marshal,” and gained a reputation for subduing assailants with his fists rather than a gun. The result of the encounter on November 2, 1870, ended with the violent death of Marshall Smith. A 2 ¼ ton red granite monument was placed on the grave of Marshal Tom Smith in the Abilene Cemetery to honor his service and sacrifice to Abilene.

Sports Around Abilene
10/12/2018

Sports Around Abilene

Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum
09/26/2018

Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum

Join us at the Jeffcoat Photography Museum on September 27th from 4 to 6 p.m. for our New Exhibit, "Sports in Abilene" and Business After Hours. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Join us at the Jeffcoat Photography Museum on September 27th from 4 to 6 p.m. for our New Exhibit, "Sports in Abilene" a...
09/22/2018

Join us at the Jeffcoat Photography Museum on September 27th from 4 to 6 p.m. for our New Exhibit, "Sports in Abilene" and Business After Hours. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Bridges around Abilene, Kansas
08/23/2018

Bridges around Abilene, Kansas

Please help identify this person.
08/01/2018

Please help identify this person.

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Does anyone know what happened to the little “house” across from Love’s? Any history on it?
I found this unknown photo mixed in with other family photos from Abilene and thought I would share it hear in case someone recognizes who this is a picture of.
Do you have any pictures of churches or people that were affiliated with the "Plymouth Brethren"? I can get you some local names if you like, but examples of churches include "Grace & Truth Gospel Chapel" (1918-2010) at 14th & Deer, Elm Springs Bible Hall (1938-1978), and it is rumored there were two other meetings in the Abilene area, one used Newbern Church (1928-1931), and another in Abilene somewhere. Not to be confused with the United Brethren, the Evangelical Brethren, or the Brethren in Christ... the churches I'm referencing were typically plain looking buildings called "Halls" or "Chapels"... there's presently one in Salina called Sunset Bible Chapel...
Could you find and post a picture called Kansas wheat harvest. It was John and Bill Whitehair in the 1950s offloading wheat from a combine to a trailer with the Whitehair farm in the background. I've seen it in the museum but I don't know if I got my copy from there and several people have been asking me about it lately. The 6 x 8 foot copy we had got destroyed by a flood.