Wyandotte County Historical Museum

Wyandotte County Historical Museum The Wyandotte County Historical Museum and Archives is located in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The museum features Native American collections, county history and even a 1905 Kansas City Kansas Steam Pumper Fire Engine.
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This is a picture of the Old Quindaro Cemetery (closed to the general public) which is just west of what has been called...
09/14/2020

This is a picture of the Old Quindaro Cemetery (closed to the general public) which is just west of what has been called "Happy Hollow" in the town of Quindaro. It is often confused with The Quindaro Cemetery which is the far west section connected to Mt. Hope Cemetery, by the water tower at 38th Street and Parallel. If you are on Parallel looking north into the cemetery you will see a stone wall on the west end of the cemetery that is what marks the division of the 2 cemeteries.

In May 2002, the Quindaro townsite was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 2019, it received the ...
09/13/2020

In May 2002, the Quindaro townsite was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 2019, it received the designation as a National Commemorative Site.

In 1858 Quindaro City’s population peaked at 1,200 residents but by 1860 the population plummeted to 629.  The decline i...
09/12/2020

In 1858 Quindaro City’s population peaked at 1,200 residents but by 1860 the population plummeted to 629. The decline in population was due to men enlisting in the Union army and the fact that Quindaro City was no longer the only free-state port, as other Missouri River towns opened to free-state sympathizers.

Clarina Nichols was an associate editor for the abolitionist newspaper the Quindaro Chindowan. Years after the Civil War...
09/11/2020

Clarina Nichols was an associate editor for the abolitionist newspaper the Quindaro Chindowan. Years after the Civil War, Nichols recounted hiding a slave in her home in Quindaro in the Wyandotte Gazette. She wrote: “My cistern – every brick of it rebuilt in the chimney of my late Wyandotte home – played its part in the drama of freedom. One beautiful evening late in October ‘61, as twilight was fading from the bluff, a hurried message came to me from our neighbor – Fielding Johnson – ‘‘You must hide Caroline. Fourteen slave hunters are camped on the Park – her master among them’...Into this cistern Caroline was lowered with comforters, pillow and chair. A washtub over the trap with the usual appliances of a washroom standing around…completing the hiding."

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City, KS
09/11/2020
Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City, KS

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City, KS

National Hispanic Heritage Month happens each year from September 15 - October 15. These dates fall between the independence days of many Latinx countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, who all celebrate their independence on September 15. In addition, Mexico,....

On January 1, 1857, groundbreaking was started on Quindaro City, which was founded as a port of entry for free soil immi...
09/10/2020

On January 1, 1857, groundbreaking was started on Quindaro City, which was founded as a port of entry for free soil immigrants into Kansas. The town site stretched from 17th to 42nd Street and from Parallel to the Missouri River. The Missouri River was then west of the present location, exposing a rock ledge that formed a natural levee for steamboat landings. The main street of the town was intended to be Kansas Avenue, but is now 27th Street and was never cut through to the river.

09/10/2020
Visit Kansas City Kansas!

Visit Kansas City Kansas!

On June 19th we honor #Juneteenth - a holiday marking the emancipation of all slaves in the Confederacy. The Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum in the northeast area of #KansasCityKS preserves the significant history of the old Quindaro townsite, once a free state port of entry on the Underground Railroad. Tours of the museum have now re-opened and can be scheduled by appointment. https://bit.ly/3fCYL56

Located on the south bank of the Missouri River  (where Interstate 635 crosses the river), Quindaro City was developed a...
09/09/2020

Located on the south bank of the Missouri River (where Interstate 635 crosses the river), Quindaro City was developed after the Kansas-Nebraska Act to create a free state port of entry into Kansas Territory. The land was part of an area the Wyandot Indians had purchased from the Delaware.

September is National Underground Railroad Month. Check out all of these great programs happening in our region.
09/08/2020
Preparing for International Underground Railroad History Month

September is National Underground Railroad Month. Check out all of these great programs happening in our region.

New Programs in September To Connect Your Stories! National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Month Here's Your Guide To All The Opportunities And Programs Available This M

2901 Minnesota AvenueArchitect: UnknownAdministration Building Central Baptist Seminary 1901Vacant 2020
09/05/2020

2901 Minnesota Avenue
Architect: Unknown
Administration Building Central Baptist Seminary 1901
Vacant 2020

3301 Parallel ParkwayArchitect: Thomas B. Vrydagh, Martin & WolfeKansas City University Mather Hall 1896Monastery of St....
09/04/2020

3301 Parallel Parkway
Architect: Thomas B. Vrydagh, Martin & Wolfe
Kansas City University Mather Hall 1896
Monastery of St. Augustine 1935
7th Day Adventists 2008 – Present

This church was on the site where Memorial Hall is today
09/03/2020

This church was on the site where Memorial Hall is today

The Wyandotte County Museum will be closed Saturday, September 5th - Monday September 7th for the Labor Day. Have a grea...
09/03/2020

The Wyandotte County Museum will be closed Saturday, September 5th - Monday September 7th for the Labor Day. Have a great weekend and stay safe everyone.

St Bridget Catholic Church was Built in 1881 and was located in the "Patch" in the West bottoms.  It survived the 1903 a...
09/02/2020

St Bridget Catholic Church was Built in 1881 and was located in the "Patch" in the West bottoms. It survived the 1903 and 1908 floods but could not recover from the flood of 1951

In the Community: Free Virtual Camp: Quindaro Project
09/01/2020

In the Community: Free Virtual Camp: Quindaro Project

7th Street Methodist Church 1101 North 7the Street KCKSconstruction began in 1886Vacant 2020
09/01/2020

7th Street Methodist Church
1101 North 7the Street KCKS
construction began in 1886
Vacant 2020

Building St John the Baptist  Kansas City Kansas View of Church construction is looking West on Barnett
08/31/2020

Building St John the Baptist Kansas City Kansas View of Church construction is looking West on Barnett

Ada Brown Born in Kansa City, Kansas on May 1st, 1890, her early career was spent on stage in musical theaters and vaudv...
08/28/2020

Ada Brown Born in Kansa City, Kansas on May 1st, 1890, her early career was spent on stage in musical theaters and vaudville. In 1926 she made her first recording "Evil Mama Blues" with band leader Bennie Moten. Her other recordings include "111 Natural Blues" "Break O'Day Blues" and "Crazy 'Bout My Lollypop".
Ada Brown was the founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America in 1936. She performed on Broadway in the 1930's and appeared in the 1943 film, "Story Weather" Ada Brown became known as the "Brown Thrush of Swing".
Ada Brown passed away March 31st, 1950 at her home in Kansas City, Kansas. She is buried in Westlawn Cemetery.

The Wyandotte County Museum is excited to announce that we received a Union Pacific Community Grant to help fund our new...
08/27/2020

The Wyandotte County Museum is excited to announce that we received a Union Pacific Community Grant to help fund our new Wyandotte County Heritage Exhibit! Phase one of the project will focus on telling the interconnected story of industry, community, and culture in Wyandotte County from the early railroads until 1920. Renovations of the museum’s east gallery space will begin in 2021. A huge thank you to the Union Pacific Railroad for their support!
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Lucy Bigelow Armstrong (1818-1892) A pioneer of Wyandotte County, Lucy was the daughter of Russell Bigelow. a Methodist ...
08/27/2020

Lucy Bigelow Armstrong (1818-1892) A pioneer of Wyandotte County, Lucy was the daughter of Russell Bigelow. a Methodist Minister for the Wyandot Nation. She married John Armstrong, a member of the Wyandot tribe she was adopted into the Nation, the Armstrong's migrated to Wyandotte County in 1843 and were among the first settlers of Wyandott when they moved into their home 4 days after the treaty was signed between the Wyandot and the Delaware. She was a leader of educational and religious affairs, she taught school in the city of Wyandott and donated the land for the Methodist Episcopal chuech at 5th and Washington.

Tiera Farrow, (1880-1971) a graduate of the Kansas City School of Law in 1903 was one of the first women lawyers in Kans...
08/26/2020

Tiera Farrow, (1880-1971) a graduate of the Kansas City School of Law in 1903 was one of the first women lawyers in Kansas City. Her extensive education included a master’s degree from Columbia University and certificates from the Sorbonne in Paris and Oxford University in England.

In 1916, she was the first woman to defend another woman charged with murder. Mrs. Clara Schweiger shot her husband in the Kansas City, Missouri Court house after an appeal to set aside their divorce was rejected. Due to Ms. Farrow’s defense, Mrs. Schweiger received a mild sentence of fifteen years, of which she only served two due to poor health. This case drew national attention and helped to establish Ms. Farrow within the legal field.

Farrow served as President of the Women’s Bar Association of Kansas City and President of the Greater Kansas City Professional Chapter of the Theta Sigma Phi, an organization for women in journalism and communications.



In 1953, Farrow wrote an autobiography entitled, Lawyer in Petticoats. This book chronicles her life, as well as her career as a lawyer. Born Mary Tiera Farrow in Columbus, Indiana, her family moved to Kansas when she was five years old. As the only woman graduate in a class of 75 from the Kansas City School of Law, she had trouble finding a law firm in the Kansas City area that would hire a woman. Farrow eventually began a law firm with Anna Donahue, another KC Law graduate and throughout her career, served mostly women clients. Farrow’s accomplishments included appointment as the first female divorce proctor to the Jackson County court and the first female to serve as substitute judge in Municipal Court. Farrow retired from law in 1957 after 54 years in practice. She died at the age of 91 in a nursing home in Lenexa, Kansas.

The Wyandotte County Museum is committed to remaining open while keeping our visitors and staff safe. The museum is free...
08/25/2020

The Wyandotte County Museum is committed to remaining open while keeping our visitors and staff safe. The museum is free and open to the public Monday-Saturday 9:00-4:00. Archives by appointment.

Civil War Nurse who enlisted in 1861 at age 51 with her daughter. Sturges became head nurse at a military hospital in Me...
08/25/2020

Civil War Nurse who enlisted in 1861 at age 51 with her daughter. Sturges became head nurse at a military hospital in Memphis, and became known as "Mother Sturges" to her patients. After the war, she moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where she became head nurse at the government hospital complex that would later become the VA Hospital in Leavenworth. Several years after she died, Burnside Chapter #1 of the Women's Relief Corps raised $600, and erected a stone headstone/memorial on her grave.
Mother Mary Sturges died December 29, 1892 and is buried in The Oak Grove Cemetery.

Rightfully hers is now on view at the Wyandotte County Museum. This new pop-up exhibit from the National Archives commem...
08/24/2020

Rightfully hers is now on view at the Wyandotte County Museum. This new pop-up exhibit from the National Archives commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Explore the history of the ratification of this historic amendment, women’s voting rights before and after, and its impact today.

180 South 18th StreetArchitect: UnknownLouisa M. Alcott Elementary 19232020 Alcott Arts Center
08/24/2020

180 South 18th Street
Architect: Unknown
Louisa M. Alcott Elementary 1923
2020 Alcott Arts Center

261 OrchardArchitect: UnknownThe Storefront Steel Beams are marked “Westside Foundry KCK” 1900This Commercial building f...
08/23/2020

261 Orchard
Architect: Unknown
The Storefront Steel Beams are marked “Westside Foundry KCK” 1900
This Commercial building first appeared on the Sanborn map in 1908, in 1920 it was listed as The Kansas Candy Company, in 1930 it was listed as the Jacob Stelmach’s Grocery.
Private Residence 2020

1870 Quindaro BoulevardArchitect: UnknownQuindaro State Bank 1904Vacant 2020
08/22/2020

1870 Quindaro Boulevard
Architect: Unknown
Quindaro State Bank 1904
Vacant 2020

290 South 10th StreetArchitect: Rose & PetersonWhittier Grade School 1923Vacant 2020Reminder that all of these photos an...
08/21/2020

290 South 10th Street
Architect: Rose & Peterson
Whittier Grade School 1923
Vacant 2020

Reminder that all of these photos and many more are still on display at The Wyandotte County Museum through September. Monday to Saturday 9-4. And admission is free. Face mask and Social distancing is required

800 North 18th StreetArchitect: Henry W. BrinkmanMother House Sister Servants of Mary 1926 – Present
08/20/2020

800 North 18th Street
Architect: Henry W. Brinkman
Mother House Sister Servants of Mary 1926 – Present

1319 North 18th StreetArchitect: UnknownFulton Funeral Home, 1929Christian Fellowship Church, 2020
08/19/2020

1319 North 18th Street
Architect: Unknown
Fulton Funeral Home, 1929
Christian Fellowship Church, 2020

1007 Central AvenueArchitect unknownJ.M. Walters Hardware Store 1920Homer Lyle Bakery & Beauty Parlor 1924Momentos Espec...
08/18/2020

1007 Central Avenue

Architect unknown

J.M. Walters Hardware Store 1920

Homer Lyle Bakery & Beauty Parlor 1924

Momentos Especiales Boutitique 2020

photos from the Architecture exhibit on display at the museum  now until the end of August.  1320 Central AvenueArchitec...
08/17/2020

photos from the Architecture exhibit on display at the museum now until the end of August.
1320 Central Avenue
Architect: Unknown
J.L. Bean & Company Grocer 1920
Mannasmith & Kelchner Grocer 1924
Family Dentistry 2020

Photos from Wyandotte County Historical Museum's post
08/16/2020

Photos from Wyandotte County Historical Museum's post

Photos from Wyandotte County Historical Museum's post
08/15/2020

Photos from Wyandotte County Historical Museum's post

Address

631 N 126th St
Bonner Springs, KS
66012

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(913) 573-5002

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Hi. I've asked a couple of times and have not gotten a response. Do you have any pictures of the Sauer family? Thank you.
Do you have any pictures of the Sauer family?
A video was made and posted of a walk-thru of Sauer Castle and the sadness it brings to see the bad state it is in. Do you have pictures of the Sauer family that you can post? Do you know if they have any relatives left in KCK?
This goes along with a previous post about Victory Hills. Victory was brand new in this pic. You can see the clubhouse, newly planted sapplings, cars from late '20's or early '30's and my great-grandfather, Joe Butler, on the green (putting), as his good friend, Frank Holcomb, looks on. Notice those snappy "plus 4s" & argyle stockings.🙂
Good Morning; I thought I would share this picture. This is my Great Grandmother Ida Florence Hicks. This portrait was made somewhere around 1892. Ida is 18. The family lived in Stony Point. Middle of nowhere. Ida died in 1907 at the age of 35-36 due to German Measles. Her baby would die 2 months later. They are buried at Stony Point Cemetery. I can't help but wonder where this portrait was made considering where they lived. Was it perhaps a traveling photographer with a horse and wagon? There is no name on the picture telling who made it. This is the only picture of Ida in existence except for a copy that my cousin has. I also have photos from Stony Point School as well as the 8th grade graduating class of 1912.
The American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands is the final resting place for over 8,000 U.S. soldiers/airmen and over 1,700 who are memorialized on the wall of missing. For the past 15 months I (along with some great help from Sherrie Smith from Hays, Kansas) have been searching for and trying to locate 46 pictures of Kansas soldiers/airmen whose picture had not been located for the “Faces-of-Margraten” project. To this point all but 12 have been located!! The Dutch have not forgotten their liberators!!! Please help if you possibly can to locate any of the soldiers/airmen listed below. Wyandotte County, Kansas: *SSgt Henry E Hansen, 30th Infantry Division, KIA 18 Nov 44 *PFC Raymond T Palmerin, 82nd Airborne Division, KIA 6 Apr 45 *PFC Charley N Reno, 1st Infantry Division, KIA 15 Apr 45 *Pvt Alex J Repine, 3rd Armored Division, KIA 24 Dec 45 Bourbon County, Kansas: *T4C Virgil W Maxwell, 104th Infantry Division, KIA 23 Apr 45 Butler County, Kansas: *PFC Billy G Lewis, 17th Airborne Division, KIA 24 Mar 45 Labette County, Kansas: *PFC Wilfred Baker, 69th Infantry Division, KIA 16 Apr 45 *Pvt Charles E Moon, 97th Infantry Division, KIA 14 Apr 45 *Sgt Ross E Bringle, 35th Infantry Division, KIA 20 Apr 45 Montgomery County Kansas: *FSgt Forrest R Evans, 95th Infantry Division, KIA 23 Apr 45 Saline County, Kansas: *Pvt John G White, 7th Armored Division, KIA 8 Apr 45 Sedgwick County, Kansas: *2Lt Donald D Gill, 102nd Infantry Division, KIA 20 Mar 45 Sumner County, Kansas: *Pvt Carl G Dorsey, 4th Infantry Division, KIA 5 Dec 45 Arapaho County, Colorado: *PFC Theodore W Whitenack, 104th Infantry Division, KIA 2 Feb 45 Las Angeles, California: *TSgt Joyce L Ouellet, 379th Bomb Group, KIA 14 Oct 43 Pictures can be submitted to the “Faces-of-Margraten” project at: https://www.thefacesofmargraten.com/index.php/en-US/submit-photo or posted directly to this post or FB message to me.
The American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands is the final resting place for over 8,000 U.S. soldiers/airmen and over 1,700 who are memorialized on the wall of missing. For the past 15 months I (along with some great help from Sherrie Smith from Hays, Kansas) have been searching for and trying to locate 46 pictures of Kansas soldiers/airmen whose picture had not been located for the “Faces-of-Margraten” project. To this point all but 12 have been located!! The Dutch have not forgotten their liberators!!! Please help if you possibly can to locate any of the soldiers/airmen listed below. Pictures can be submitted to the “Faces-of-Margraten” project at: https://www.thefacesofmargraten.com/index.php/en-US/submit-photo or posted here directly to this post or FB message to me. Wyandotte County, Kansas: *SSgt Henry E Hansen, 30th Infantry Division, KIA 18 Nov 44 *PFC Raymond T Palmerin, 82nd Airborne Division, KIA 6 Apr 45 *PFC Charley N Reno, 1st Infantry Division, KIA 15 Apr 45 *Pvt Alex J Repine, 3rd Armored Division, KIA 24 Dec 45 Bourbon County, Kansas: *T4C Virgil W Maxwell, 104th Infantry Division, KIA 23 Apr 45 Butler County, Kansas: *PFC Billy G Lewis, 17th Airborne Division, KIA 24 Mar 45 Labette County, Kansas: *PFC Wilfred Baker, 69th Infantry Division, KIA 16 Apr 45 *Pvt Charles E Moon, 97th Infantry Division, KIA 14 Apr 45 *Sgt Ross E Bringle, 35th Infantry Division, KIA 20 Apr 45 Montgomery County Kansas: *FSgt Forrest R Evans, 95th Infantry Division, KIA 23 Apr 45 Saline County, Kansas: *Pvt John G White, 7th Armored Division, KIA 8 Apr 45 Sedgwick County, Kansas: *2Lt Donald D Gill, 102nd Infantry Division, KIA 20 Mar 45 Sumner County, Kansas: *Pvt Carl G Dorsey, 4th Infantry Division, KIA 5 Dec 45 Arapaho County, Colorado: *PFC Theodore W Whitenack, 104th Infantry Division, KIA 2 Feb 45 Las Angeles, California: *TSgt Joyce L Ouellet, 379th Bomb Group, KIA 14 Oct 43
How do they check the dam after 83 years? Any idea how deep it is? 😃
Originally called the Wyandotte, Kansas City, and Northwestern, this road ended up being called by at least three different names, last of which was Kansas City and Northwestern. The chartered route was to head into Nebraska, but it was built out through Independence, and on to Lexington, Mo, to siphon the tremendous traffic from the river steamers, which put in there, this shaving 3-5 days off getting their cargoes into Westport. This was deemed a violation of the charter, and the route was divested. The original route was constructed much later, and suffered financial hardships for the entire short existence of the line, being abandoned just after WWI, and the rails pulled in the early 1920's. I've managed to get several items of ephemera, from the line, one of the more unusual of which being this late 1880's pamphlet, promoting the route, as well as it's northern terminus, Beatrice, Nebraska. A good source of information is "Missouri Pacific Northwest", by Imre Quastler, now out of print.
We went for a visit today. The Museum is awesome. I learned a lot!
😉 Dotte author Joe Vaughan will be the guest interview today on the John Ferruzza Show: KKFI (90.1) FM, NOON to 1-PM>😉 😉 😉 😉 😉
😄Fri @ Noon -Dotte author Joe H. Vaughan will be he guest interview on the Charles Ferruzza Show: KKFI (90.1) FM. call in! 😉