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.

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.

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.

Dickinson County Fair activities of the past.
08/01/2018

Dickinson County Fair activities of the past.

Abilene, Kansas in the early 1900's.
07/19/2018

Abilene, Kansas in the early 1900's.

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!!  The Museum will be closed on the 4th but will reopen on July 5th, from 9:30 to 5...
06/29/2018

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!! The Museum will be closed on the 4th but will reopen on July 5th, from 9:30 to 5:30.

Vintage Postcards.
06/28/2018

Vintage Postcards.

06/08/2018
Love is in the air. Weddings!♥️
05/24/2018

Love is in the air. Weddings!♥️

Thank you to the Red Hat Society, for visiting the Jeffcoat Studio Museum.  Come back anytime!
05/16/2018

Thank you to the Red Hat Society, for visiting the Jeffcoat Studio Museum. Come back anytime!

It's Spring!
05/11/2018

It's Spring!

Ervin & Lois Orth were identified in the Reflector-Chronicle by Mrs. Meuli last week.  Thank you for the identification.
04/26/2018

Ervin & Lois Orth were identified in the Reflector-Chronicle by Mrs. Meuli last week. Thank you for the identification.

The photograph in the Reflector-Chronicle, April 25, 2018, was identified by Ron Shivers as Lois Koepsel/Kessler.  Thank...
04/26/2018

The photograph in the Reflector-Chronicle, April 25, 2018, was identified by Ron Shivers as Lois Koepsel/Kessler. Thank you for the identification!

ALMOST 69 YEARS AGO on April 24, 1949, Abilene Sheriff Bill Davis and his brother and Deputy, Milt Davis were dispatched...
04/20/2018

ALMOST 69 YEARS AGO on April 24, 1949, Abilene Sheriff Bill Davis and his brother and Deputy, Milt Davis were dispatched to a disturbance south of Abilene, near Brown’s Park. The Davis brothers rushed to the scene where three people had already been wounded by Rush. There was a shootout between Rush and the Davis brothers resulting in the death of both brothers. It is presumed that Rush had started a fire that engulfed the entire home. Later the bodies of Rush and the Davis brothers were found in the burned ruins. The Davis brothers are buried in the Abilene Cemetery noting their devotion to the community. Their bravery and courage are now a part of the History of Abilene. Their patrol car is now on display at the Heritage Center

We will be closed this Saturday, April 14, 2018, for the Consignment Auction at the Heritage Center.  Please come join u...
04/11/2018

We will be closed this Saturday, April 14, 2018, for the Consignment Auction at the Heritage Center. Please come join us!

Dwight D. Eisenhower funeral 49 years ago on April 2, 1969.
03/29/2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower funeral 49 years ago on April 2, 1969.

Local Transportation.
03/02/2018

Local Transportation.

We have a new Exhibit!  Please come in and see the exhibit on "The Evolution of Photography".We are open Wednesday (8:30...
02/22/2018

We have a new Exhibit! Please come in and see the exhibit on "The Evolution of Photography".
We are open Wednesday (8:30 - 4:30), Thursday (9:30 - 5:30, Friday (8:30 - 4:30) and Saturday (8:30 - 4:30). An appointment is available for special viewings. Please call 785-263-9882.

A business from the past.  Incorporated August 28, 1957. Vacu-Blast Corporation.
02/21/2018

A business from the past. Incorporated August 28, 1957. Vacu-Blast Corporation.

Occupations Around Town.
02/16/2018

Occupations Around Town.

Football!
02/03/2018

Football!

Fender benders around Abilene.
01/03/2018

Fender benders around Abilene.

In 1901, almost 117 years ago, the Abilene Public Library was founded.  It opened in 1903 with 1,000 volumes.
12/27/2017

In 1901, almost 117 years ago, the Abilene Public Library was founded. It opened in 1903 with 1,000 volumes.

We will be closed on December 23rd, 2017 for the Holidays!  Happy Holidays everyone!
12/20/2017

We will be closed on December 23rd, 2017 for the Holidays! Happy Holidays everyone!

Business interiors in Abilene, Kansas.
12/14/2017

Business interiors in Abilene, Kansas.

Fires in Abilene, Kansas.
12/08/2017

Fires in Abilene, Kansas.

Telephone companies in Abilene, Kansas.
12/01/2017

Telephone companies in Abilene, Kansas.

Trains in Abilene, Kansas.
11/25/2017

Trains in Abilene, Kansas.

The movie, Gypsy Moth was filmed in Abilene, Kansas (in part) in 1968 and was about three skydivers and their traveling ...
11/17/2017

The movie, Gypsy Moth was filmed in Abilene, Kansas (in part) in 1968 and was about three skydivers and their traveling thrill show in a small midwestern town.

Happy Veterans Day!
11/10/2017

Happy Veterans Day!

Wonderful small towns around Abilene, Kansas.
11/09/2017

Wonderful small towns around Abilene, Kansas.

Happy Halloween!!🎃The location of this party was at Etherington’s barn.
10/28/2017

Happy Halloween!!🎃
The location of this party was at Etherington’s barn.

1901 –A. L. Duckwall’s first business was selling and repairing bicycles and sewing machines in Greenleaf, Kansas.  ...
10/27/2017

1901 –A. L. Duckwall’s first business was selling and repairing bicycles and sewing machines in Greenleaf, Kansas. On May 10, 1901, with a four hundred and thirteen-dollar investment, and a borrowed equal amount, he opened a small variety shop (Racket Store) in Abilene, Kansas. Its name originated from the tin peddler carts of old, whose pots and pans clanged and rattled on their hooks, creating a great racket as they were pushed through the streets. In 1915, a corporation was formed, which became "The A. L. Duckwall Stores Company". With the foundation, in 1999, there were 96 "Duckwall's Hometown Variety Stores" in 11 states operating under the Duckwall-Alco Stores, Inc. umbrella. Effective July 6, 2012 the “Duckwall” was dropped from the name.

The Sunflower Hotel at 409 N.W. Third Street, Abilene, Kansas.“In 1931, in the Great Depression days, the tallest buil...
10/19/2017

The Sunflower Hotel at 409 N.W. Third Street, Abilene, Kansas.
“In 1931, in the Great Depression days, the tallest building in Abilene, Kansas was opened to the public. The Sunflower Hotel, masterminded by Cleyson Brown, would be host to conventions, famous guests, and be known as the grandest hotel between Kansas City and Denver. Brown would seek out the best of everything from its furnishings to the food service, as was his style in everything that he did. !” -written by Bill Jeffcoat

Mount St. Josephs Academy, Abilene, KansasIt became Mount St Josephs Academy in 1887.  In 1915 it was both an orphanage ...
10/13/2017

Mount St. Josephs Academy, Abilene, Kansas
It became Mount St Josephs Academy in 1887. In 1915 it was both an orphanage and a home for the aged. In 1924, the aged were moved to the Home of the Little Flower in Concordia and St. Joseph Home was solely an orphanage. At times there were as many as 85 children living there, ranging from babies through high school age. It was also a Catholic school that children from Abilene and nearby towns attended every day.
With new Kansas child care regulations in 1951, the old orphanage concept changed dramatically. Foster home programs were developed and children were no longer put into orphanages. By 1958 there were just 10 children living at St. Joseph Home. The orphanage closed and a smaller Children’s Home was opened in Salina. St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Abilene opened to accommodate the students who had been displaced.
Only the red brick pillars, each with a white cross, mark the property line on the west side of the road. The stone grotto and the crumbling brick rectory are the only structures that remain on the orphanage site.

Harold Scanlan, one of the boys raised at the orphanage, took over the well-known dairy operation after the Home closed.

Hotels and Motels in Abilene.
10/05/2017

Hotels and Motels in Abilene.

The photograph in yesterdays paper was identified as Patricia Bowell.  Thank you!
10/05/2017

The photograph in yesterdays paper was identified as Patricia Bowell. Thank you!

Just a reminder that today from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm is the Open House for the exhibit, "Influential Past and Present Pe...
09/29/2017

Just a reminder that today from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm is the Open House for the exhibit, "Influential Past and Present People in Abilene." Come in and get to know the Fire Chief, Newspaper Editor, and pharmacist of one of the oldest businesses in town along with many present-day influential people. 🍪

Address

321 N Broadway St
Abilene, KS
67410

Opening Hours

Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 09:30 - 17:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30
Saturday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(785) 263-9882

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