Lyon County History Center

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Another Gift Shop Highlight!! We have these two amazing books full of original pictures and descriptions! One book showc...
07/06/2021

Another Gift Shop Highlight!!
We have these two amazing books full of original pictures and descriptions! One book showcases the beautiful flint hills, and the other, lovely Emporia.
Next time you visit, be sure to check out these two amazing books, and perhaps buy one to take home!
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#GiftShop #Emporia #Photo #Photography
#Flinthills #LyonCounty
#History

The Outfit Of The Day is this 1950's floral patio dress that belonged to Elizabeth De Long Warren. Looking Beautiful!Thi...
07/05/2021

The Outfit Of The Day is this 1950's floral patio dress that belonged to Elizabeth De Long Warren. Looking Beautiful!
This dress is currently on display for you to come and check out in person!
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#OOTD #OutfitoftheDay #Flowers #Dress
#Summer #History #ExploreLyonCounty

We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July! ----#4thofJuly #IndependenceDay #America#ExploreLyonCounty
07/04/2021

We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July!
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#4thofJuly #IndependenceDay #America
#ExploreLyonCounty

We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July!
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#4thofJuly #IndependenceDay #America
#ExploreLyonCounty

We will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Independence Day! Thank you for your support!
07/03/2021

We will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Independence Day! Thank you for your support!

We will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Independence Day! Thank you for your support!

With combinations of flowers and human hair, these hair wreaths were commonly used as gifts. It was common for people to...
07/02/2021

With combinations of flowers and human hair, these hair wreaths were commonly used as gifts. It was common for people to keep their hair after haircuts to have supplies on hand. These were considered one of the ladies’ crafts that women were expected to be skilled in.

So what would we consider to be the pros cons of this?
Pros: Makes a memorable gift. Creative, and for today’s standards, unique.
Cons: Time-consuming to create and a bit unsettling.

These are fascinating pieces of history, and we are proud to have some local examples currently on display. Stop by to see these art pieces in person!
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#Hair #Creepy #History
#Art #LyonCounty

Happy Joke Day everyone! Hope your day is filled with laughs!-----#JokeDay #ExploreLyonCounty
07/01/2021

Happy Joke Day everyone! Hope your day is filled with laughs!
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#JokeDay #ExploreLyonCounty

Spotted some items that are showing our colors! All are on display right now! Come and check them out! ---#Green #Logo #...
06/30/2021

Spotted some items that are showing our colors!
All are on display right now! Come and check them out!
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#Green #Logo #Color
#ExploreLyonCounty #LCHC

Do you know when Lyon County was founded without looking it up? ----#FillintheBlank #LyonCounty #Quiz #History #LCHC #Ex...
06/29/2021

Do you know when Lyon County was founded without looking it up?
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#FillintheBlank #LyonCounty #Quiz #History
#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

Do you know when Lyon County was founded without looking it up?
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#FillintheBlank #LyonCounty #Quiz #History
#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

To those who have donated, we wanted to say a HUGE thank you! Donations help us keep doing what we do, and help make a d...
06/28/2021

To those who have donated, we wanted to say a HUGE thank you! Donations help us keep doing what we do, and help make a difference!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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#Thankyou #ExploreLyonConty

Being both blind and deaf, Helen Keller changed the world for those with disabilities. She traveled the world, bringing ...
06/27/2021

Being both blind and deaf, Helen Keller changed the world for those with disabilities. She traveled the world, bringing hope and courage to those around her. She was the first deaf-blind person to achieve her bachelor’s degree, which was in arts. During her writing career, she wrote an autobiography in 1903, as well as published 12 books. Helen was also voted one of the most influential people in the twenty-first century. With all of these impressive achievements and many more, it’s easy to see why she left such an impactful mark in history.
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#HelenKellerDay #HappyBirthday #History
#History #ExploreLyonCounty

Being both blind and deaf, Helen Keller changed the world for those with disabilities. She traveled the world, bringing hope and courage to those around her. She was the first deaf-blind person to achieve her bachelor’s degree, which was in arts. During her writing career, she wrote an autobiography in 1903, as well as published 12 books. Helen was also voted one of the most influential people in the twenty-first century. With all of these impressive achievements and many more, it’s easy to see why she left such an impactful mark in history.
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#HelenKellerDay #HappyBirthday #History
#History #ExploreLyonCounty

First practice for the Emporia Vintage Baseball team since 2019!  Welcome back!
06/27/2021

First practice for the Emporia Vintage Baseball team since 2019! Welcome back!

First use the hickory since 2019!! Dusting the cobwebs off, but we are having fun!

Wanted to do a gift shop highlight! We have a beautiful and creative map of Emporia for sale in our gift shop right now!...
06/26/2021

Wanted to do a gift shop highlight! We have a beautiful and creative map of Emporia for sale in our gift shop right now!
What would you buy from our gift shop?
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#Emporia #Kansas #Map
#Art #GiftShop #ExploreLyonCounty

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow there are so many cool things about Emporia, and there no possible way for me to...
06/25/2021

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow there are so many cool things about Emporia, and there no possible way for me to know it all!” Well, lucky for you, Emporia Main Street has partnered with us to create a second deck of playing cards with that information! The only problem is, we need YOUR ideas so we can be as accurate as possible in representing Emporia!

Fill out this survey with your ideas: https://buff.ly/2SvYwD4
And for more information about what the playing cards are, check out here: https://emporiamainstreet.com/programs/design/cards/

#Emporia #ExploreLyonCounty #EmporiaMainStreet

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow there are so many cool things about Emporia, and there no possible way for me to know it all!” Well, lucky for you, Emporia Main Street has partnered with us to create a second deck of playing cards with that information! The only problem is, we need YOUR ideas so we can be as accurate as possible in representing Emporia!

Fill out this survey with your ideas: https://buff.ly/2SvYwD4
And for more information about what the playing cards are, check out here: https://emporiamainstreet.com/programs/design/cards/

#Emporia #ExploreLyonCounty #EmporiaMainStreet

06/24/2021
06/24/2021
Though these things are not as common as they used to be, since being created in 1867, they became beautiful pieces of h...
06/23/2021

Though these things are not as common as they used to be, since being created in 1867, they became beautiful pieces of history. Let’s all appreciate them today, on Typewriter day!
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-#TypewriterDay #History
#ExploreLyonCounty
#LCHC

Happy fathers day!! We hope everyone has a great day appreciating those fathers in your life!-----#FathersDay #Dad #Expl...
06/20/2021

Happy fathers day!! We hope everyone has a great day appreciating those fathers in your life!
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#FathersDay #Dad
#ExploreLyonCounty
#Kansas

Happy fathers day!! We hope everyone has a great day appreciating those fathers in your life!
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#FathersDay #Dad
#ExploreLyonCounty
#Kansas

For this year on Juneteenth, we wanted to share a story behind the beautiful shoulder cape we currently have on display....
06/19/2021

For this year on Juneteenth, we wanted to share a story behind the beautiful shoulder cape we currently have on display.

Rhoda “Rhody” Davis was born into slavery on January 1, 1852, in Georgia. At six weeks of age, she was moved with her mother and other slaves to Brenham, Texas.

When other slaves were freed with the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, Rhoda was not. She remained a slave until June 19, 1865 (sometimes stated as 1866 but we believe this date is a misprint).

Rhoda stayed in Brenham as a nursemaid on her own account until her first marriage to Fayette Smith in 1875. In 1879, the couple moved to Emporia and rented a space in an alley on Commercial Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, then bought a home on Commercial. During a bout of intense illness, Rhoda and Fayette moved to Burlington so she could heal. Fayette died while the couple was in Burlington, and Rhoda continued to live there until 1898.

She was then courted by and married Henry Davis from Emporia. He brought her back to Emporia to live in his home at 14 Rural Street.
By her 100th birthday, Rhoda was confined to bed with severe arthritis. She died on August 2, 1956
#Juneteenth #ExploreLyonCounty

We’ve put out one beautifully designed deck of Emporia area cards, now it’s time for a second. We need your input on wha...
06/16/2021

We’ve put out one beautifully designed deck of Emporia area cards, now it’s time for a second. We need your input on what should be on the cards!

Fill out this survey with your ideas: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eho0p2jgklv03grf/a013ykq2gvqdb/questions

And for more information on what is happening go here: https://buff.ly/3ww7HSM

Thank you for your support!
Now let’s make an awesome set of cards and play some games!

#Emporia #ExploreLyonCounty #EmporiaMainStreet

We’ve put out one beautifully designed deck of Emporia area cards, now it’s time for a second. We need your input on what should be on the cards!

Fill out this survey with your ideas: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eho0p2jgklv03grf/a013ykq2gvqdb/questions

And for more information on what is happening go here: https://buff.ly/3ww7HSM

Thank you for your support!
Now let’s make an awesome set of cards and play some games!

#Emporia #ExploreLyonCounty #EmporiaMainStreet

June 13th, Sewing machine day. Thanks to the amazingly smart creators of the sewing machine who now allows us to enjoy n...
06/13/2021

June 13th, Sewing machine day. Thanks to the amazingly smart creators of the sewing machine who now allows us to enjoy nicely machine sewn items. Celebrate by spending time to appreciate how great this creation truly is!
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#SewingMacineDay
#Technology
#History
#ExploreLyonCounty #LCHC

We are posting daily from 1921 Lyon County newspapers! Go over to Twitter to check it out! ---#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty
06/11/2021

We are posting daily from 1921 Lyon County newspapers! Go over to Twitter to check it out!
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#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

We are posting daily from 1921 Lyon County newspapers! Go over to Twitter to check it out!
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#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

Timeline Photos
06/11/2021

Timeline Photos

It's time to ride! We hope everyone has a great race! #UnboundGravel
06/04/2021

It's time to ride! We hope everyone has a great race!
#UnboundGravel

Today is repeat Day! Celebrate by repeating your favorite things! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to...
06/03/2021

Today is repeat Day! Celebrate by repeating your favorite things! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once!
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#RepeatDay #RepeatDay
#ExploreLyonCounty

Today is repeat Day! Celebrate by repeating your favorite things! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once!
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#RepeatDay #RepeatDay
#ExploreLyonCounty

Today is repeat Day! Celebrate by repeating your favorite things! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to...
06/03/2021

Today is repeat Day! Celebrate by repeating your favorite things! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once!
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#RepeatDay #RepeatDay
#ExploreLyonCounty

Today is repeat Day! Celebrate by repeating your favorite things! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once! Send someone a message twice, or post the same post to social media more than once!
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#RepeatDay #RepeatDay
#ExploreLyonCounty

Let's start June off strong by celebrating Say Something Nice Day! We can all do our part by lifting others up with kind...
06/01/2021

Let's start June off strong by celebrating Say Something Nice Day! We can all do our part by lifting others up with kindness today!
We appreciate everyone who supports us, and know how much you do for us! Thank YOU!

Let's start June off strong by celebrating Say Something Nice Day! We can all do our part by lifting others up with kindness today!
We appreciate everyone who supports us, and know how much you do for us! Thank YOU!

Emporia students are finishing up their school year today! Congrats to those who have completed the year. We wish you a ...
05/28/2021

Emporia students are finishing up their school year today! Congrats to those who have completed the year. We wish you a great and relaxing summer!
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#EHS #EmporiaSchools
#EndOfYear #Summer
#LyonCounty
#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

Emporia students are finishing up their school year today! Congrats to those who have completed the year. We wish you a great and relaxing summer!
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#EHS #EmporiaSchools
#EndOfYear #Summer
#LyonCounty
#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

Question 16 (The Last Question):  John Denver appeared in concert at the Civic Auditorium on November 13, 1971, to close...
05/27/2021

Question 16 (The Last Question): John Denver appeared in concert at the Civic Auditorium on November 13, 1971, to close out the Kansas State Teacher’s College Homecoming activities. This was the same year his fourth studio album was released. Name the album.
Answer 16: Poems, Prayers & Promises was released in April 1971 and was Denver’s commercial breakout album.
He started his career in folk music in the 1960s, then after poems, prayers &promises, he made his big break becoming one of the best-selling artists. during the 70s and 80s, Denver had a career in some television specials.
being an avid pilot, he bought a new plane at age 53, the year 1997, where a fatal accident occurred leading to his death.

Neosho is on their last school day of the year! Congrats to them! Hope everyone has an amazing summer!------#Neosho #Sum...
05/26/2021

Neosho is on their last school day of the year! Congrats to them! Hope everyone has an amazing summer!
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#Neosho #Summer #EndOfYear
#LyonCounty
#ExploreLyonCounty #LCHC

Neosho is on their last school day of the year! Congrats to them! Hope everyone has an amazing summer!
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#Neosho #Summer #EndOfYear
#LyonCounty
#ExploreLyonCounty #LCHC

Update on summer hours! We will be open 6 days a week starting June 8th due to upcoming events. Thank you everyone for y...
05/25/2021

Update on summer hours! We will be open 6 days a week starting June 8th due to upcoming events. Thank you everyone for your support!

Update on summer hours! We will be open 6 days a week starting June 8th due to upcoming events. Thank you everyone for your support!

2021 Hometown Trivia Spring – Notable Visitors Springtime = ESB Financial HomeTown Trivia on KVOE!  Tune into KVOE 1400 ...
05/24/2021

2021 Hometown Trivia Spring – Notable Visitors
Springtime = ESB Financial HomeTown Trivia on KVOE!
Tune into KVOE 1400 AM, Country 101.7 FM, Mix 104.9 FM, and KVOE.com at 7:25 am every Monday and Thursday for the next seven weeks to hear Emporia area trivia. Then check back here later to learn the story behind the trivia question.

Question 15: Raymond Massey, Agnes Moorehead, and Martin Gabel starred in the stage production of The Rivalry at Albert Taylor Hall on October 17, 1957. Seven years later Moorehead would accept the role of a mortal loathing, quick-witted matriarch in this TV series. Name the series.

Answer 15: Bewitched aired from 1964 to 1972 and garnered Moorehead’s six Emmy nominations.
Agnes Moorehead was a well-known actress, even before Bewitched. She is known for several other unforgettable supporting performances and had earned oscar nominations for these roles. She also had a career in radio. she was born December 6ht, 1900, and sadly passed April 30th, 1974.
It’s amazing that Emporia was one of the places she was able to share her amazing talent.

Congratulation to the students in Olpe!! You've made it through!! We hope everyone has an amazing summer!!And another Co...
05/21/2021

Congratulation to the students in Olpe!! You've made it through!! We hope everyone has an amazing summer!!
And another Congrats to EHS seniors whose last day is today! you've all done well.
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#Olpe #OlpePride
#EHS #Spartans
#Class2021 #EndOfYear
#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

Congratulation to the students in Olpe!! You've made it through!! We hope everyone has an amazing summer!!
And another Congrats to EHS seniors whose last day is today! you've all done well.
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#Olpe #OlpePride
#EHS #Spartans
#Class2021 #EndOfYear
#LCHC #ExploreLyonCounty

2021 Hometown Trivia Spring – Notable Visitors Springtime = ESB Financial HomeTown Trivia on KVOE!  Tune into KVOE 1400 ...
05/20/2021

2021 Hometown Trivia Spring – Notable Visitors
Springtime = ESB Financial HomeTown Trivia on KVOE!
Tune into KVOE 1400 AM, Country 101.7 FM, Mix 104.9 FM, and KVOE.com at 7:25 am every Monday and Thursday for the next seven weeks to hear Emporia area trivia. Then check back here later to learn the story behind the trivia question.

Question 14: When Maud Ballington Booth came to speak at the Kansas State Normal on December 2, 1903, she was known as the most famous social reformers in the world. Booth came to America with her Ballington Booth in 1887 to take command of the United States forces of this organization, founded by her father-in-law. Name the organization.

Answer 14: The Salvation Army was founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865.

William was a Methodist minister who wanted to create home and food resources for those in need. Originally named The Christian Mission, the organization was named “the Salvation Army” in 1878.
Did you know that in 1892 The Salvation Army started their own silent film studio called The Limelight Department?

Learn more at: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/history-of-the-salvation-army/

Address

711 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS
66801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(620) 340-6310

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Where some of Lyon County's early settlers come from:
I WAS THRILLED TO OPEN UP THE SHOPPER TODAY & READ THE STORY ABOUT MY PHILLIPS FAMILY---- AS A PHILLIPS I HAVE TONS OF OLD STORIES & INFO--- IT WAS FUN TO READ SOME THINGS I DIDN'T HAVE IN MY COLLECTION---- MY MAIDEN NAME WAS PHILLIPS & MY FATHER WAS WALTER WOODROW & HIS FATHER WAS WILLIAM IRVIE ( & WENT BY THE NAME IRVIE )& HIS FATHER WAS WILLIAM HENRY & HIS FATHER WAS OLIVER PHILLIPS.
I have a 1945 emporia Gazette paper that the headline reads Russia declares war on Japan
Who should I contact to get help in researching a family who lived "near Emporia"? Sarah Whiteneck owned a cook shack and cooked for Santa Fe railroad workers, but moved to Wilson Co., Kansas in February 1869. (The cook shack was moved to and still exists, in Fredonia!) This NOT genealogical research. It is historical research involving property ownership or public mention of the Whiteneck family.
Going on right now!
After I read this I thought "Emporia been treating people kinda bad for at least 87 years". Inclusive community ??
My ancestor Elizabeth Rodgers Griffith died on 20 March 1868 here in Lyon County. Can you tell me where I would go to possibly find her death certificate? I've found a short notice in the newspaper, but I am having a very hard time finding anything that might list her parents. Thank you!
This is probably my favorite story about women in Lyon County, one locally famous and one infamous, who crossed paths briefly in 1885.
We're doing #WomenWednesday this month! This means I get to dig up information on Lyon County ladies and then talk about them here!
Informative , educational , fun place to visit! Thanks for the tour. We were proud to bring our guests from out of town here.!