Douglass Historical Museum

Douglass Historical Museum The Douglass Historical Museum is a hidden gem in a small town in Butler County. Come by to see what it was like in the early days of Kansas Pioneer Life.

Operating as usual

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

06/07/2021

Recently, I was speaking with Kevin O'Crowley and he mentioned that he had a collection of funeral programs for many Douglass people who had passed. He asked me if, for the museum records, I wanted his collection. I did.

So, if you have also collected funeral programs of Douglass citizens who have passed, I am asking that, if you no longer wish to keep them, you will consider donating them to the museum.

The museum is open every Monday and Friday, (except national holidays) from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00. You may also mail your collection to: Douglass Historical Museum, P.O. Box 95, Douglass, KS 67039.

06/05/2021

Every time someone visits the museum for the first time, they always comment on the museum’s size and the number of items we have displayed. We have thousands of items in 6500 square feet of museum.

As always, if you haven’t seen the museum in a while, or ever, well, you just haven’t seen the museum lately!

The Douglass Historical Museum will be CLOSED Monday, May 31st in honor of those who died so we could live free!
05/29/2021

The Douglass Historical Museum will be CLOSED Monday, May 31st in honor of those who died so we could live free!

The Douglass Historical Museum will be CLOSED Monday, May 31st in honor of those who died so we could live free!

05/29/2021

We want to give a big shout out to Rick and Mary Woydziak for their very generous donation to our museum building preservation project! I have to say, every time they visit the museum I learn something!

We are finally reopening! The museum has new hours. We will be open Mondays and Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 and 1:00 PM - 3...
05/07/2021

We are finally reopening! The museum has new hours. We will be open Mondays and Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. WE ARE ALSO OPEN BY APPOINTMENT! Just call 316-655-5888 to set up an appointment.

We are located at 318 S. Forrest in Douglass, Kansas. Across the street from the Douglass Post Office.

We cannot wait to show you our beautiful and interesting pioneer artifacts and stories!

We are finally reopening! The museum has new hours. We will be open Mondays and Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. WE ARE ALSO OPEN BY APPOINTMENT! Just call 316-655-5888 to set up an appointment.

We are located at 318 S. Forrest in Douglass, Kansas. Across the street from the Douglass Post Office.

We cannot wait to show you our beautiful and interesting pioneer artifacts and stories!

05/03/2021

Thanks to the generosity of the supporters of the museum, we are over half way to having the funds to pay for our first phase of preservation of our building! This phase is the most critical repair.

04/27/2021

Those wanting to donate to our building preservation project by mail can send funds to:

Douglass Historical Museum
P.O. Box 95
Douglass, KS 67039

04/26/2021

Recently, I posted that, as a result of the collapse of a old building in downtown Douglass, the museum, as it is one of the original 17 buildings in Douglass not built solely of wood, had to be inspected for structural safety. And, while our building was deemed safe, and in remarkable condition given its age, the inspection revealed that the stucco on the south exterior wall had deteriorated and failed to keep the water from the original stone exterior wall. While the masonry remains sound, the stucco needs to be replaced. We decided to use metal siding to cover the wall with sufficient flashings to prevent water from contacting the stone wall.

Further, the inspector found the front brick facia was pulling away from the museum's original stone front. He suggested we install three large pillars to prevent any further movement of the brick facia.

Mike Powell asked for and received bids for both projects. We estimate the total cost of the repairs to be $10,000.

The museum was built and maintained by civic-minded people donating their skill, time, and personal funds since 1950. It is in this spirit that we ask you to donate to the museum today so that the integrity of our building will be preserved for years to come.

We are so proud and happy to share with you the digitized and searchable 100 years of the Douglass Tribune. We need to t...
03/30/2021
Douglass Historical

We are so proud and happy to share with you the digitized and searchable 100 years of the Douglass Tribune.

We need to thank so many many people for donating to the Tribune Project. Thank you so much to The Friends to the Douglass Library, Skip Bucher, Gary Reheis, Kevin O’Crowley, Mike Gash, and all those who made donations in honor of John Woody.

While the website is not completely finished, we could not wait to share it with all of you! You can access the website from anywhere you have an internet connection. However, IPads or Kindles will not load the website properly.

If you have any questions about using the website please visit http://www.advantagearchives.com/resources/, or email me at [email protected].

We hope you enjoy these issues of the Douglass Tribune as much as we are!
http://douglass.advantage-preservation.com/

I realized, after the project was complete, that much of the information shared on the Ku Klux Klan as it existed in Dou...
01/26/2021
Rural Crossroads: The Story of Douglass

I realized, after the project was complete, that much of the information shared on the Ku Klux Klan as it existed in Douglass was taken from a college paper written by Pamela E. Bailey. I am regretful for this omission.

I hope you enjoy the video.

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Sorting through items that had to be put aside for a while, and I found this gem. Notice the date of the letter. It gave...
12/04/2020
City of Douglass, Kansas | Butler County, KS

Sorting through items that had to be put aside for a while, and I found this gem. Notice the date of the letter. It gave me chills to read the letter expressing that the nation was united in this war effort.

Welcome to the city of Douglass, Kansas! View City resources, history of Douglass, minutes and agendas, recent news and city calendar.

Big shout out to Alan Butcher! He donated this new carpet! It is in the reading room. It is just beautiful! No more swee...
09/18/2020

Big shout out to Alan Butcher! He donated this new carpet! It is in the reading room. It is just beautiful! No more sweeping up the failing bottom of the old carpet!

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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Was interested in making an appointment to come to the Museum. Sent a message as well.
Kathy, do we have any plat books for this area for 1905 to 1915? I forgot to check the other day. Thanks.
Are there more pictures of the Opera House-inside as well as outside?
Kathy, there is a guy on Kansas History Geeks looking for pictures of a farmhouse in the Douglass area. I'm going to try to share his post with you on this page, just in case you might be able to help him.
Kathy, thanks so much for the tour of the museum today! It is amazing! I definitely recommend it!
I have this memory that my brother Curt Cunningham and I painted the floor in the "new wing" of the museum in 1974-75 before it opened.
January 1914 - Additions of the Vawter Meetings, Douglass, Kan. Photo taken by Phillips.
What a hidden gem this museum is. Visited yesterday and was impressed with all the displays and wonderful exhibits.