Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum

Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum The Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum, functioning under the Baxter Springs Historical Society
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12/23/2023

Merry Christmas to all of Our Museum Friends! Have a Safe and Wonderful Holiday Weekend!

See you on Tuesday!

This Saturday after the parade!!!
11/29/2023

This Saturday after the parade!!!

We were excited to host Director Bridgette Jobe of the Kansas Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce. His...
10/25/2023

We were excited to host Director Bridgette Jobe of the Kansas Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce. Historical Society President Jordan Adams walked Director Jobe through the future site of the Rt. 66 Roadside Park and discussed its impact on area tourism.

Director Jobe is committed to connecting area tourism with state and federal resources and we are grateful for the leadership and guidance of her and her team!

The Baxter Springs Historical Society recognized Anna Riley as the recipient of the BSHS Scholarship for the 2023-24 aca...
06/15/2023

The Baxter Springs Historical Society recognized Anna Riley as the recipient of the BSHS Scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year. Anna is a talented and kind student with plans to study Humanitarian and Disaster Relief at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. Good luck, Anna!

PARK DAY at FORT BLAIRSaturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m.For 27 years, thousands of volunteers have gathered at battlefiel...
04/26/2023

PARK DAY at FORT BLAIR
Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m.

For 27 years, thousands of volunteers have gathered at battlefields and historic sites across the nation to participate in the Trust’s Park Day clean-up effort. Including Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotarians, Lions Club members, church groups, ROTC units, youth groups, Wounded Warrior groups and many others, more than 450,000 cumulative hours of labor have been contributed to projects large and small to keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but also pristine. This event allows the Trust to cast a spotlight on beloved American landscapes nationwide. Projects will keep historic sites and battlefields clean, open and accessible for the enjoyment of all — this year, Park Day projects included painting signs, garden maintenance, trash and leaf removal, marker clean-up, trail and fence building and more!

WHAT IS PARK DAY?
Each year, thousands of history enthusiasts, families, Boy and Girl Scouts, ROTC units and more come together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine.
Since 1996, community-minded citizens have taken part in Park Day events at various sites across the country. Activities are chosen by each participating site and can include building trails, raking leaves, painting signs, putting up fences and contributing to site interpretation. In addition to the satisfaction that volunteer work brings, participants receive official Park Day water bottles and may have the chance to hear a local historian describe people and events of the past at their site. Park Day can also be used to fulfill the service requirements associated with scout groups, student organizations, training corps programs, many school systems, and more.
Join us on April 29, 2023 as we continue this tradition!
BAXTER SPRINGS PARK DAY EVENT AT THE FORT BLAIR HISTORIC SITE
Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
198 E. 6th Street
Baxter Springs, KS 66713
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Mary Billington
[email protected]
620-856-2385

Meeting place
Meet at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, 740 East Avenue at 8:30 a.m. after registering we will be clearing leaves and lawn debris from the Fort site park, as well as any maintenance and small repairs that can be done.

Planned Activities
Clean up and maintenance around the Fort site.
History or Educational Activities
A member of the Museum's Historical Society will be on hand to share the Fort and the African American soldiers who served there, significance in history and the in the Civil War.
Should I bring any tools or supplies?
Recommended: Gloves, rakes, shovels, chain saws...items you would need to complete yardwork in a safe manner.
Is there a rain date?
In the instance of inclement weather, Park Day will be moved to Saturday, May 7th 2023.
Refreshments will be available.

04/05/2023

The Museum will be closed this Sunday, April 9th in observance of the Easter Holiday.

12/23/2022

We are open today!! Come by and enjoy the warmth of the Museum, and the history of the area!

Happy Holidays!!!

Mary

12/16/2022

The Museum will be closed on the following days:

Saturday, December 24th
Sunday, December 25th
And
Sunday, January 1st

May You and Yours Have a Safe and Memorable Holiday Season!!!

And Our Gift Shop is Open, we just might have THAT item you were looking for!!!

Thanks everyone for coming out to see us at the area parades! Don’t forget to stop in this holiday season and see all th...
12/03/2022

Thanks everyone for coming out to see us at the area parades! Don’t forget to stop in this holiday season and see all the history we have to offer. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Model T's touring the area!
09/08/2022

Model T's touring the area!

Antique Model T’s will be seen throughout Southeast Kansas during the week of September 7-11, 2022. The 39th Annual Hillbilly Tour will be based in Pittsburg, with participants exploring scen…

We Will Be Closed On Sunday, September 4th For Labor Day, May Your Weekend Be Safe And Blessed!
08/31/2022

We Will Be Closed On Sunday, September 4th For Labor Day, May Your Weekend Be Safe And Blessed!

We Will Be Closed Saturday, July 2nd & Sunday July 3rd In Observance Of Independence Day!Safe Travels and Have A Blessed...
06/30/2022

We Will Be Closed Saturday, July 2nd & Sunday July 3rd In Observance Of Independence Day!

Safe Travels and Have A Blessed Weekend!

Mary

CenturyLink is playing pranks today....no phone service at the Museum.  But our new internet is working just fine!!! Con...
06/15/2022

CenturyLink is playing pranks today....no phone service at the Museum. But our new internet is working just fine!!! Contact us here or via email: [email protected]

06/07/2022

Hello All,

Just wanted to bring everyone up to date on some changes here at the Museum and our upcoming events.

First of all, we have updated the internet here, so effective June 30th the current email ([email protected]) will be deactivated. I will be using [email protected] while decisions are being made regarding email and our current website, as we are working on plans to upgrade it as well.

As you may expect this has added a lot of extra work here transferring emails and contacts...so please feel free to send me an email to the new address so I can add your contact information.

Our Visitors Center is open and anyone wishing to volunteer there or here at the Museum would be most appreciated. Just contact me and I will be glad to schedule you in for a training session.

Now For Two Of Our Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.

We will be hosting our annual historical society summer picnic, we will have catering from Red Onion, with desserts provided by the members in our traditional potluck style. But there is a twist on the dessert aspect...we are asking that you please bring your dessert item in a sharable container. We always have an abundance of desserts, so we were thinking that we could host a silent auction as an additional fundraiser for the Park Project. (For example; five members bring chocolate cake-we would cut and serve cake #1 and place cake #2-5 on a separate table with bid sheets, the winning bidder would then take that cake home, and of course you do not have to place your item up for bid if you choose not to.) As always when we are serving food, please let me know if you have any food allergies or dietary requirements and R.S.V.P. as soon as possible so our order may be placed with Red Onion.

Friday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Ken Spurgeon, teacher, author, historian and award winning film-maker, will be our guest for the evening. He will be sharing the making of his book "A Kansas Soldier At War, The Civil War Letters Of Christian & Elise Dubach Isely" and his research on the Border Wars.

As seating will be limited and refreshments will be provided, please R.S.V.P. to the Museum your reservation.

As Always Thank You All, I am very grateful to able to work here!

Mary Billington, Director

05/26/2022

We will be closed Sunday, May 29th for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Address

740 East Avenue
Baxter Springs, KS
66713

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Telephone

+16208562385

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