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YES!!! We are wrapping your Christmas gifts with beautiful paper and ribbon, and you get to choose! Your packages are su...
12/12/2022

YES!!! We are wrapping your Christmas gifts with beautiful paper and ribbon, and you get to choose! Your packages are sure to delight to your family and friends! Spread the word!

Hey, Friends of the Douglass Museum, we are asking a favor of you! We would like to know who lived where and what busine...
03/04/2022

Hey, Friends of the Douglass Museum, we are asking a favor of you! We would like to know who lived where and what businesses you remember from the time you were a child through the 1950's.

The map below does not show the entire city as it is today. The green line is First Street and the blue line is Forrest.

You may save this picture to your pictures and print a copy (or copies if you know how the same lot was used differently over the years) You can do this by clicking on the map and going up to the right top corner and clicking on the dots. The option to save the photo should be shown there. Once the photo is saved to your device you should be able to print from there.

Or, if you cannot do this, please come by the museum during regular hours and pick up a copy or copies.

If you live out of town, please message us and we will be happy to mail you a copy or copies.

This really helps us connect all the dots of what was where when!

And, thank you all for your continued support of the Douglass Historical Museum

02/21/2022

The Douglass Historical Museum will be closed tomorrow, February 21st due to illness. So sorry for the late notice and any inconvenience our closing may have caused anyone. We will reopen Friday, February 25th with out regular hours, 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00.

02/03/2022

We are sorry for the late notice, but the Douglass Historical Museum will be closed tomorrow, February 4th.

The Musum will reopen Monday, February 7th, with our normal hours 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00.

01/28/2022

Hello Museum Followers! I am sorry it has been so very long since I have posted! Rest assured we have been very busy and have many projects lined up in 2022!

In 2021, the museum received an antique doctor's buggy, the original sorting table, scales, phone, beehive-stringer, and more! We completed projects on Phyllis Haver and the entire Olmstead family tree! Quite a feat given the number of children born to Joshua and Mary Olmstead! We were only able to display a small portion of it, but the display was well received.

In 2022, our work will involve moving displays and making room for some new exciting items that have been pledged for display in the
museum. To say we are excited would be a terrible understatement.

We are currently working on projects involving local oil fields, Douglass businesses, and the Douglass Fair. That should keep us busy and out of our husbands' hair!

If you haven't seen the museum lately, well you haven't seen the museum lately!

12/15/2021

A couple of announcements:

1. A reminder that the volunteers of the Douglass Historical Museum will be at the museum THIS SATURDAY to wrap all your Christmas Gifts!

$2.00 for a small gift, $3.00 for a medium gift, and $5.00 for a large gift.

You do not need an appointment, just drop in between 10:00 and 2:00 and we will wrap them while you wait, or call you when your gifts are ready! Easy-Peasy!

2. THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING MONDAY, DECEMBER 20TH UNTIL JANUARY 2ND. WE WILL REOPEN MONDAY, JANUARY 3RD WITH NEW HOURS! STAY TUNED FOR THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AT A LATER TIME!

Friends, when we say we have plenty of wrapping paper and ribbon choices to make your Christmas gifts look special we me...
12/13/2021

Friends, when we say we have plenty of wrapping paper and ribbon choices to make your Christmas gifts look special we mean it! This is not even all of it!

We will be wrapping this Saturday, the 18th, from 10:00-2:00 or whenever we finish!

$2 for a small package, $3 for a medium package, and $5 for a large package. We have boxes and tissue, too!

We may have had too much fun wrapping these special gifts for ur customers! We have one more Saturday of gift wrapping! ...
12/11/2021

We may have had too much fun wrapping these special gifts for ur customers! We have one more Saturday of gift wrapping! Next Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00 or whenever we get done! Drop off your packages and we will arrange a time convenient for you to pick them up! They will be safe. I lock them in the jail!

12/10/2021

Hey a couple of announcements:

First: Just a reminder that the volunteers of the Douglass Historical Museum will be wrapping your Christmas gifts from 10:00 until 2:00.

We charge $2.00 for a small package, $3.00 for a medium package, and $5.00 for a large package.

WE WILL ACCEPT CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS, AND CREDIT CARDS AND DEBIT CARDS!

Secondly: BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE MUSEUM FROM 10:00 - 2:00, EVERYONE IS FREE TO COME AND BROWSE THROUGH THE MUSEUM! WE WILL BE BUSY, SO IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE A SELF-CONDUCTED TOUR. BUT, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU IN!

12/08/2021

Hey! Are you having trouble finding pretty Christmas wrapping paper and gorgeous ribbon?

No problem! The volunteers at the museum have rolls and rolls of bright and merry paper and ribbon to match!

We will be at the museum this Saturday and next Saturday from 10:00-2:00 to make your gifts beautiful and make those that receive them feel special!

$2.00 for a small gift, $3.00 for a medium gift, and $5 for a large gift! And all the proceeds go to support the activities of the museum! Win/Win

11/29/2021

Does anyone know where the Liberty Theatre was located? Going through the Tribune, I found several advertisements for the Liberty Theatre. Any help would be appreciated!

The volunteers (elves) at the Douglass Historical Museum will be offering our Christmas gift wrapping! We really missed ...
11/27/2021
City of Douglass, Kansas | Butler County, KS

The volunteers (elves) at the Douglass Historical Museum will be offering our Christmas gift wrapping! We really missed getting together to make your packages beautiful and hope you missed us wrapping your gifts, too!

WHERE: THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM,
318 S.FORREST (ACROSS FORREST STREET
FROM THE DOUGLASS POST OFFICE)

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 10:00-2:00 AND
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 10:00-2:00

COST: SMALL PACKAGES - $2.00,
MEDIUM PACKAGES - $3.00,
AND LARGE PACKAGES FOR $5.00

OTHER: YOU CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE YOUR PAPER AND
RIBBON, OR YOU CAN JUST TELL US WHO THE
GIFTS ARE FOR AND WE WILL DO THE REST!
YOU CAN ALWAYS DROP OFF YOUR PACKAGES,
AND WE WILL TEXT OR CALL YOU WHEN THEY
ARE WRAPPED!

As always, if you have any questions, please comment on this post or message us and we will promptly (we promise) get back to you!

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11/24/2021

Just a reminder that the Douglass Historical Museum will be open Friday, November 26th from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00.

If you have out-of-town guests or just have wanted to visit the museum and have the day off, we would love to show you the new old stuff!

We would also like to wish all the friends and patrons of the museum a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

11/21/2021

Had the most wonderful day at the museum today.! The new displays were received well, and we met the new people, and, as usual, learned a great deal from our visitors!

My daughter and granddaughter were able to visit and see the new displays. And, a beautiful boy came into the museum bearing cookies and homemade fresh cinnamon rolls for us!!! Thank you so very much Kathryn Hinojosa! You have so supportive of us from the beginning! You have always asked if we needed food or drink when we were working late and have bought us free food and more cups of coffee and glasses of tea than we can count. We will never forget it. You are pretty special, girly.

11/18/2021

We are sorry for the late notice, but the Douglass Historical museum will be closed tomorrow, Friday November 19th so we may finish our preparations for the Christmas Around Town event

THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH FROM 10:00-3:00 FOR CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN!

11/10/2021

The Douglass Historical Museum will be open for Christmas Around Town, from 10:00-3:00, November 20.

We have some new things for you to see!!!

11/10/2021

Thank you to all those who bought raffle tickets for the two fall baskets! The two winning tickets were purchased by Lori Logsdon and Stephanie Worrell.

10/17/2021

The Douglass Historical Museum will be closed tomorrow Monday, October 18th, as my husband Tom is ill and I will need to drive him to his doctor's appointment.

Just a reminder that the baskets are in the Douglass Oulic Library and proceeds will go to the museum!
10/09/2021

Just a reminder that the baskets are in the Douglass Oulic Library and proceeds will go to the museum!

UPDATE: RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THESE BASKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE DOUGLASS PUBLIC LIBRARY UNTIL 3:00 PM OCTOBER 18TH!THE PUM...
10/01/2021

UPDATE: RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THESE BASKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE DOUGLASS PUBLIC LIBRARY UNTIL 3:00 PM OCTOBER 18TH!

THE PUMPKINS SITTING BESIDE EACH BASKET ARE INCLUDED WITH THE BASKET.

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE ONE TICKET FOR $1.00 OR SIX TICKETS FOR $5.00. ALL PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MUSEUM.

THANK YOU, CINA SHIRLEY, FOR HELPING US WITH THIS!

Kathy Bailey Blair
Katherine Blair

THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN FRONTIER DAY, OCTOBER 2ND FROM 10:00 UNTIL 3:00.We have added new items and ...
09/24/2021

THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN FRONTIER DAY, OCTOBER 2ND FROM 10:00 UNTIL 3:00.

We have added new items and displays! So, if you haven't visited the museum recently, well then you haven't seen the museum
lately!

09/03/2021
08/23/2021

THE MUSEUM WILL CLOSE AT NOON EVERY MONDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL SEPTEMBER.

08/20/2021

The museum will be close at 12:00 today due to the excessive heat warnings. Believe me when I say that, if you were to tour the museum this afternoon, it would not be as great an experience as when the weather is cooler. Perhaps, one sweet day, the museum will have air conditioning.

The old State Bank of Douglass building that was located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Forrest St. and ...
08/16/2021

The old State Bank of Douglass building that was located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Forrest St. and 3rd Avenue.

Just found this street scene photo. This photo was taken on Forrest Street standing outside what is now the library. We ...
08/02/2021

Just found this street scene photo. This photo was taken on Forrest Street standing outside what is now the library. We have no idea the year.

Found this little gem this week!
07/30/2021

Found this little gem this week!

07/26/2021

The original townsite of Douglass was bordered on the north by First Avenue, on the east by Elm Street, on the south by Eighth Avenue, and on the West by Maple Street.

The four blocks in the exact center were set aside for a city park. In the early 1800's it was decided to sell three of the four blocks.

The first building in the park block was a calaboosewhich served as the city jail. It stood in the northwest corner of the block. It was a small square, one-room building built of 2X4's. In the north and south ends near the roof were small openings covered by iron gratings.

About a week before the Fourth of July 1900, the "dry" city administration had the inside of the calaboose (jail) cleaned. At 3:00 in the morning of the Fourth, the "wets" (liquor drinking citizens) poured coal oil on the roof of the caboose and burned it to the ground. Their reasoning? If there was no where to lock them up, they would not be arrested for drinking in public on the Fourth.

Daisy Shamleffer Lamb

07/25/2021

Due to the hot and humid forecast for this next week, the museum will only be open Monday and Friday, 9:00 to 12:00. We do not have air conditioning, the museum gets very warm in the afternoon, and anyone visiting the museum would not have a pleasant experience.

In 1958, The U.S. Treasury Department's Savings Bond Division enlisted the U.S. Postal Office Department and Schools to ...
07/21/2021

In 1958, The U.S. Treasury Department's Savings Bond Division enlisted the U.S. Postal Office Department and Schools to sell U.S. Stamps for a $.10 or $.25 that the buyer would affix in his or her official stamp album until it was filled allowing the bearer to receive a Savings Bond in the amount of $10.00 or $25.00.

Anyone buying the stamps would become eligible to join the Peace Patrol and, upon request, receive a Membership Card. This is the front of the card.

It was the back of the card that caught our eye.

PEACE PATROL MEMBER'S CREED AND PLEDGE:

I believe that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to help make this a better world.

I believe in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to stand up for that which is right.

I pledge to learn, because knowledge and understanding will help keep peace in this world.

I pledge to save because buying United States Savings Stamps and Bonds will help keep our country strong.

We think it is just great!

07/19/2021

We need a favor!! if you have visited the museum and had a positive experience, we are asking that you go to Google and drop a good review! We have a very disappointing rating based on two people we believe never visited our museum and a couple that were posted before the current management took over the museum!

If you did not have a positive experience, please leave a review and be sure to let us know what we can do better!

07/14/2021

Tonight, my heart is full. Thanks to the community, the patrons of the museum, and Butler County Commissioner Dan Woydziak and the other Commissioners, we are scheduling the final phase of our Preservation Project! When I was told what the entire project would cost, I am not going to lie, I was a little bit deflated. How in the world could I raise that much money?

I went to Facebook and just explained what we needed. And, the generous people of this community, the many museum Facebook followers, and the County responded with so much generosity it amazed us!

I cannot, we cannot, thank you all enough for helping us preserve this building and for supporting this museum!

07/12/2021

I want to thank Steve Reheis, who made a generous donation to the preservation project in memory of his grandparents John and Lizzie Frans. And, yes, Steve, your donation helps greatly!

07/12/2021

We wish to give a big shout out of thanks to Marty and Debbie Wright, Mary (Wright) and Russell Flippo, and Mark and Gayle Wright for their very generous donation in memory of their parents who meant so much to all of us, Sam and Betsy Wright.

The Douglass Historical Museum will be CLOSED MONDAY, July 5th to Celebrate Our Nation and Our Freedom! God Bless Americ...
07/02/2021

The Douglass Historical Museum will be CLOSED MONDAY, July 5th to Celebrate Our Nation and Our Freedom! God Bless America!

06/28/2021

We are happy to announce that the first phase of the preservation project on the museum building is done! We used AAA Basement and Foundation located in Andover, and we could not be happier with the work they have done!

We cannot thank all those that donated to our building preservation project! Everyone I have spoken to about the amount donated is blown away by the generosity of this community and our patrons!

06/19/2021

I love showing our museum! I would love to make an appointment with you to let you wander through all the displays or let me take you through to share the stories of Douglass pioneer life. I learn something every time someone visits the museum. Every time.

If you would like to set up and appointment, or you need to cancel an appointment, please call 316-655-5888. Do not use Facebook or Facebook messenger. I simply don’t check them often enough for us to set up an appointment that way. And, I would hate to miss an opportunity to show you the museum! Or to hear, in advance, that the appointment we have set up is not going to work for you.

Address

318 S Forrest
Douglass, KS
67039

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 3pm
Friday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 3pm

Telephone

(316) 746-2319

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Hey, Friends of the Douglass Museum, we are asking a favor of you! We would like to know who lived where and what businesses you remember from the time you were a child through the 1950's.

The map below does not show the entire city as it is today. The green line is First Street and the blue line is Forrest.

You may save this picture to your pictures and print a copy (or copies if you know how the same lot was used differently over the years) You can do this by clicking on the map and going up to the right top corner and clicking on the dots. The option to save the photo should be shown there. Once the photo is saved to your device you should be able to print from there.

Or, if you cannot do this, please come by the museum during regular hours and pick up a copy or copies.

If you live out of town, please message us and we will be happy to mail you a copy or copies.

This really helps us connect all the dots of what was where when!

And, thank you all for your continued support of the Douglass Historical Museum
The Douglass Historical Museum will be closed tomorrow, February 21st due to illness. So sorry for the late notice and any inconvenience our closing may have caused anyone. We will reopen Friday, February 25th with out regular hours, 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00.
We are sorry for the late notice, but the Douglass Historical Museum will be closed tomorrow, February 4th.

The Musum will reopen Monday, February 7th, with our normal hours 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00.
Hello Museum Followers! I am sorry it has been so very long since I have posted! Rest assured we have been very busy and have many projects lined up in 2022!

In 2021, the museum received an antique doctor's buggy, the original sorting table, scales, phone, beehive-stringer, and more! We completed projects on Phyllis Haver and the entire Olmstead family tree! Quite a feat given the number of children born to Joshua and Mary Olmstead! We were only able to display a small portion of it, but the display was well received.

In 2022, our work will involve moving displays and making room for some new exciting items that have been pledged for display in the
museum. To say we are excited would be a terrible understatement.

We are currently working on projects involving local oil fields, Douglass businesses, and the Douglass Fair. That should keep us busy and out of our husbands' hair!

If you haven't seen the museum lately, well you haven't seen the museum lately!
A couple of announcements:

1. A reminder that the volunteers of the Douglass Historical Museum will be at the museum THIS SATURDAY to wrap all your Christmas Gifts!

$2.00 for a small gift, $3.00 for a medium gift, and $5.00 for a large gift.

You do not need an appointment, just drop in between 10:00 and 2:00 and we will wrap them while you wait, or call you when your gifts are ready! Easy-Peasy!

2. THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING MONDAY, DECEMBER 20TH UNTIL JANUARY 2ND. WE WILL REOPEN MONDAY, JANUARY 3RD WITH NEW HOURS! STAY TUNED FOR THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AT A LATER TIME!
Friends, when we say we have plenty of wrapping paper and ribbon choices to make your Christmas gifts look special we mean it! This is not even all of it!

We will be wrapping this Saturday, the 18th, from 10:00-2:00 or whenever we finish!

$2 for a small package, $3 for a medium package, and $5 for a large package. We have boxes and tissue, too!
We may have had too much fun wrapping these special gifts for ur customers! We have one more Saturday of gift wrapping! Next Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00 or whenever we get done! Drop off your packages and we will arrange a time convenient for you to pick them up! They will be safe. I lock them in the jail!
Hey a couple of announcements:

First: Just a reminder that the volunteers of the Douglass Historical Museum will be wrapping your Christmas gifts from 10:00 until 2:00.

We charge $2.00 for a small package, $3.00 for a medium package, and $5.00 for a large package.

WE WILL ACCEPT CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS, AND CREDIT CARDS AND DEBIT CARDS!

Secondly: BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE MUSEUM FROM 10:00 - 2:00, EVERYONE IS FREE TO COME AND BROWSE THROUGH THE MUSEUM! WE WILL BE BUSY, SO IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE A SELF-CONDUCTED TOUR. BUT, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU IN!
Hey! Are you having trouble finding pretty Christmas wrapping paper and gorgeous ribbon?

No problem! The volunteers at the museum have rolls and rolls of bright and merry paper and ribbon to match!

We will be at the museum this Saturday and next Saturday from 10:00-2:00 to make your gifts beautiful and make those that receive them feel special!

$2.00 for a small gift, $3.00 for a medium gift, and $5 for a large gift! And all the proceeds go to support the activities of the museum! Win/Win
Does anyone know where the Liberty Theatre was located? Going through the Tribune, I found several advertisements for the Liberty Theatre. Any help would be appreciated!
The volunteers (elves) at the Douglass Historical Museum will be offering our Christmas gift wrapping! We really missed getting together to make your packages beautiful and hope you missed us wrapping your gifts, too!

WHERE: THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM,
318 S.FORREST (ACROSS FORREST STREET
FROM THE DOUGLASS POST OFFICE)

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 10:00-2:00 AND
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 10:00-2:00

COST: SMALL PACKAGES - $2.00,
MEDIUM PACKAGES - $3.00,
AND LARGE PACKAGES FOR $5.00

OTHER: YOU CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE YOUR PAPER AND
RIBBON, OR YOU CAN JUST TELL US WHO THE
GIFTS ARE FOR AND WE WILL DO THE REST!
YOU CAN ALWAYS DROP OFF YOUR PACKAGES,
AND WE WILL TEXT OR CALL YOU WHEN THEY
ARE WRAPPED!

As always, if you have any questions, please comment on this post or message us and we will promptly (we promise) get back to you!
Just a reminder that the Douglass Historical Museum will be open Friday, November 26th from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00.

If you have out-of-town guests or just have wanted to visit the museum and have the day off, we would love to show you the new old stuff!

We would also like to wish all the friends and patrons of the museum a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
Had the most wonderful day at the museum today.! The new displays were received well, and we met the new people, and, as usual, learned a great deal from our visitors!

My daughter and granddaughter were able to visit and see the new displays. And, a beautiful boy came into the museum bearing cookies and homemade fresh cinnamon rolls for us!!! Thank you so very much Kathryn Hinojosa! You have so supportive of us from the beginning! You have always asked if we needed food or drink when we were working late and have bought us free food and more cups of coffee and glasses of tea than we can count. We will never forget it. You are pretty special, girly.
We are sorry for the late notice, but the Douglass Historical museum will be closed tomorrow, Friday November 19th so we may finish our preparations for the Christmas Around Town event

THE DOUGLASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH FROM 10:00-3:00 FOR CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN!
The Douglass Historical Museum will be open for Christmas Around Town, from 10:00-3:00, November 20.

We have some new things for you to see!!!
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