Lyon County History Center

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Explore stories from the past and discover things you never knew at the Lyon County History Center. Whether you are a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, we're your place for history, culture and adventure.

12/03/2019

It’s Giving Tuesday! Tomorrow we close our second floor to give it a reboot. We will complete the kid’s area remodel and will be adding some remarkable stories and one of a kind artifacts and archival materials/photos to the exhibits. Your donation today will help us update the exhibits and the kids area! Hit the donate button to give. Whether you give $5 or $50 every little bit helps us. Thanks for your support!

The Middle of Everywhere
11/21/2019
The Middle of Everywhere

The Middle of Everywhere

In the Flint Hills of Kansas there are cattle ranches and art galleries, old barns and new architecture, ghost towns and growing cities. And there is the last stand of tallgrass prairie in America.

The Veterans Day parade and viewing from the History Center has been canceled due to the inclement weather. Stay warm an...
11/11/2019

The Veterans Day parade and viewing from the History Center has been canceled due to the inclement weather. Stay warm and safe today!

SCHEDULE ADJUST: Emporia's Veterans Day parade CANCELED; memorial service at Anderson Building at 11:15 am. Online update shortly; on-air update at 6:08am. #KVOENews #kswx

11/09/2019

*****UPDATE*****
The parade viewing event scheduled for today at the History Center has been canceled due to cancellation of the Veterans Day parade.

Looking for a warm place to watch the Veteran's Day Parade this Monday? Come to the History Center! From 9-11 we'll have coffee and donuts and a free viewing of the parade! This event is open to everyone! We'd love to see you there as we celebrate Veteran's across Lyon County!

Happy #ThrowbackThursday ! Here is the old Garfield High School which was torn down in 1914.
11/07/2019

Happy #ThrowbackThursday ! Here is the old Garfield High School which was torn down in 1914.

Today we wanted to highlight one of the many women of Lyon County's history. Mary J. Perley was an early resident of Emp...
11/06/2019

Today we wanted to highlight one of the many women of Lyon County's history. Mary J. Perley was an early resident of Emporia, Kansas. Originally born in New York, she moved to Lawrence in 1855 with her brother Lyman Allen, who was a member of the Emporia Town Company. She married Isaiah E. Perley in 1857, and in 1859 they moved to Emporia. She was a major supporter of women's suffrage, and was one of Emporia's most prominent women until she died in 1915.

11/01/2019

Happy First Friday! Come check out art by L.J. Swisher from 5-9 pm and music by the Emporia Community Flute Choir 5:30-6 pm!

Join us this Friday from 5-9 p.m. for a fun-filled night full of music and art!
10/29/2019

Join us this Friday from 5-9 p.m. for a fun-filled night full of music and art!

During the Art Walk this Friday, drop by the Lyon County History center to see art work by LJ Harris Swisher! And don’t miss the Emporia Community Flute Choir playing from 5:30-6:00!

#emporiafirstfriday #emporiaks #emporiakansas #emporiaartwalk #emporia #firstfriday #firstfridayartwalk #artwalk #kansasart #kansasartist #midwestart @ Lyon County History Center

We may be closed on Mondays, but there are days that we are open for private events on our 3rd floor. Today, Dr. Darla M...
10/28/2019

We may be closed on Mondays, but there are days that we are open for private events on our 3rd floor. Today, Dr. Darla Mallein is presenting a workshop to students from Emporia State University who are studying to be educators. Later they will tour the exhibit hall with our own Lisa Soller. They will discuss how museums and educators can work together to create projects that help students learn more about their local history.

2017 to 2019! Thank you all for another fun-filled Mainstreet Halloween! 🍔🎃
10/26/2019

2017 to 2019! Thank you all for another fun-filled Mainstreet Halloween! 🍔🎃

Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Here's snapshot of what State Street in Emporia looked like in the early 1900s.
10/24/2019

Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Here's snapshot of what State Street in Emporia looked like in the early 1900s.

It's Bridge Day! Pictured below is one of the more famous bridges in Lyon County, Rainbow Bridge, a 1923 marsh arch brid...
10/19/2019

It's Bridge Day! Pictured below is one of the more famous bridges in Lyon County, Rainbow Bridge, a 1923 marsh arch bridge, located near the former site of Soden's Mill and Dam. The dam was built in 1858 by William T. Soden, and the mill opened in 1860, eventually burning down in 1930.

The area is now home to All Veterans Memorial Park. The 1923 bridge is no longer drivable and is now a popular spot to fish or observe spring flooding.

10/18/2019

October is Family History Month! Come to the Lyon County History Center and Archives and find your family history and stories today.

10/15/2019

Happy Adopt A Dog Month! Life wouldn't be the same without our furry friends! Comment your dogs below! We woofing love dogs 🐶🐾

10/10/2019

October 10th is World Homeless Day, which is a day to raise awareness about the issues homeless people face. Here in Lyon County, we have many shelters that work to help people affected by this issue. Today we wanted to highlight them and the hard work they do.

Shelters include Plumb Place, a shelter for women, donated by Carrie Plumb’s family after her passing in 1919; Emporia Rescue Mission, which is a faith-based men’s shelter; Bloom House Youth Services, an up and coming all-inclusive youth shelter in Emporia; and SOS, Inc. provides a domestic violence shelter of their own and helps locate other shelters.

All of these services provide much needed support in Lyon County, and all of them have places to donate, either on their own websites or on Facebook. We wanted to take a moment today to highlight them and give just the briefest notion of what they provide to our community.

Happy Leif Erikson Day! Did you know that in 1968 there was a commemorative stamp of Leif Erikson?
10/09/2019

Happy Leif Erikson Day! Did you know that in 1968 there was a commemorative stamp of Leif Erikson?

Happy #NationalStorytellingDay ! Today we wanted to share the story of the 1967 college panty raid! Across a few day in ...
10/05/2019

Happy #NationalStorytellingDay ! Today we wanted to share the story of the 1967 college panty raid! Across a few day in May of 1967 men from both Emporia colleges decided to wreak havoc and try to acquire as many feminine undergarments as possible.

Below are pictures from the event including articles that highlight what happened and how out of hand it seemed to get.

On October 3rd Preston asked Carrie what day it was.
10/03/2019

On October 3rd Preston asked Carrie what day it was.

On this Gold Star Mother's day we take time to honor all the women and the sacrifices they've made in honor of our count...
09/29/2019

On this Gold Star Mother's day we take time to honor all the women and the sacrifices they've made in honor of our country. First flown during World War I, the gold star is a reference to that comes from the service flag. The United States began observing Gold Star Mother's Day on the last Sunday of September, in 1936.

Pictured below are pictures of the 1953 charter members from the Emporia Gold Star Mother's. Along with that, we have included a letter from Ellen Burton to the Emporia Gazette. Burton, a Gold Star Mother due to World War I, writes about her treatment as an African-American Gold Star Mother here in Emporia.

09/28/2019

👻Boo! We may still be a month out from Halloween but National Ghost Hunting Day sure does put us in that Halloween state of mind 🎃

Did you know that the History Center has had paranormal investigations thanks to our friends at Flint Hills Paranormal! Stop by today and ask our staff about any experiences they may have had and stay tuned to our events page for any future paranormal investigations we may do.

09/26/2019

🚨One-week until Trivia Night Throw Down🚨!! Make sure to grab your team and call 620.340.6310 to reserve your spot today!

09/21/2019

Today is #BigWhopperLiar Day, so here are two truths and a big lie!

1. The Ku Klux Klan held a state conference in Emporia at the Broadview Hotel in 1923.

2. A former acting mayor of Emporia married a 16 year old in 1885. About a month later he was dead from arsenic poisoning.

3. The boulder on top of Senator Preston B. Plumb's grave is a reminder of his infidelity to his wife.

Which one do you think is the lie? Comment below!

On this day of recognition for POW and MIA soldiers, and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we take time to pause and ...
09/20/2019

On this day of recognition for POW and MIA soldiers, and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we take time to pause and remember the Mexican-American veterans of Lyon County who fought in World War II.

09/05/2019

September is Hispanic Heritage Month! Lyon County has a rich history of Hispanic immigration, and this month we’ll be sharing their stories.

The first immigrants to Lyon County were Mexican Railroad workers, who were recruited through an agency in Texas and settled in communities like Hartford, Reading, and Emporia. Life was not always easy for these early day immigrants, as segregation and poor living conditions made daily life difficult. This discrimination lasted through several generations.

Another group of immigrants came in the 1960s to help in the meatpacking industry. They came to work for Armour Packing Company, which later sold the plant to Iowa Beef Packers in 1967. They had as many as 1,600 employees, many of whom were Hispanic.

08/30/2019

We will be closed tomorrow (8/31) in observance of Labor Day. We wish you and yours a happy and safe long weekend!

08/21/2019

It's Poet's Day! Here's one of our favorite poems by Walt Mason, who wrote for the Emporia Gazette for several years.

Morning in Kansas by Walt Mason

There are lands beyond the ocean which are gray beneath their years,
where a hundred generations learned to sow and reap, and spin;
where the sons of Shem, and Japhet wet the furrow with their tears
and the noontide is departed, and the night is closing in.

Long ago the shadows lengthened in the lands across the sea,
and the dusk is now enshrouding regions nearer home, alas!
There are long deserted homesteads in this country of the free but
it's morning here in Kansas, and the dew is on the grass.

It is morning here in Kansas, and the breakfast bell is rung!
We are not yet fairly started on the work we mean to do;
we have all day before us, for the morning is but young,
and there's hope, in every zephyr, and 'the skies are bright and
blue.

It is morning here in Kansas, and the dew is on the sod;
as the builders of an empire it is ours to do our best;
with our minds at work in Kansas, and our faith and trust in God,
we shall not be counted idle when the sun sinks in the West.

Today is Typewriter Tuesday at the History Center! Did you know we have over 30 typewriters in our collection? Check out...
08/20/2019

Today is Typewriter Tuesday at the History Center! Did you know we have over 30 typewriters in our collection? Check out our Highlight on History exhibit about typewriters on the first floor today!

08/15/2019

It’s I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day! Mosey on over to the History Center and learn about the cowfolk of Lyon County! Yee-haw! 🏇🏻🐎👨🏻‍🌾👩🏻‍🌾

We love when Lyon County history and culture can be shared with the masses!!  In early 2018, former research librarian, ...
08/10/2019
45 – A Rich Story

We love when Lyon County history and culture can be shared with the masses!! In early 2018, former research librarian, Lora Kirmer assisted Lyn McIntyre with research for her website and podcast "Photographs, Pistols, and Parasols." Lyn is a researcher of early day female photographers and visited the History Center to find out more about early day Emporia photographer, Cordelia B. "Delia" Rich Miracle.

Click on the link to learn more about Delia, her connection to the mysterious 1885 death of J.R. Walkup (by arsenic poisoning) and the murder trial of his teen bride, Minnie Wallace Walkup. #welovelyoncountyhistory #herstorymatters #inspireconnectionsigniteconversations

In today’s episode, we’re going to meet Delia B. Rich Miracle, a successful photographer from Emporia, Kansas in the late 1800s who had an intriguing encounter with a woman who became n…

08/09/2019

On this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we remember the indigenous people native to the Lyon County area, such as the Kaw and the Osage, and those who were relocated here via the Indian Removal Act of 1830, like the Sac and Fox. Today is a day to acknowledge the indigenous people of the area, and recognize the hardships they have been through.

We think that it’s important to know the history of the land we live on, and the stories of the people who lived here before us. Their stories are carried on in their descendants, who continue to live here today.

Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Ice cream sandwiches have been popular treats for years. This recipe from 1936 recommends ...
08/02/2019

Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Ice cream sandwiches have been popular treats for years. This recipe from 1936 recommends following a delicious meal of scrambled eggs and sausages with an ice cream sandwich made with hot gingerbread and ice cream. Can you say yum! 😋

Happy #tbt! Here’s a clipping of the announcement that Montgomery Ward was coming to Emporia! The building where it was ...
08/01/2019

Happy #tbt! Here’s a clipping of the announcement that Montgomery Ward was coming to Emporia! The building where it was located is now the Lyon County History Center!

07/31/2019

🥑Happy Avocado Day! You should all avoca-GO to the History Center and learn about Lyon County History today!🥑

07/27/2019

We are saddened by the news of Cathy Hoy's passing. She was a wonderful human being filled with love for her flint hills. As a board member of the Lyon County Historical Society, she worked to promote or mission and our passion. Our condolences to her family and to her friends. She will be missed.

William Lindsay White, son of prominent Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White, died on this day in 1973. William ...
07/26/2019

William Lindsay White, son of prominent Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White, died on this day in 1973. William L. White took over as the editor of the Emporia Gazette shortly before his father died in 1944. Not only was a he a journalist, but he was also a published author, with books ranging in topics from the Kansas bond scandal and his time as a war correspondent. He died of cancer in Emporia, and was survived by his wife and a daughter.

Happy Amelia Earhart Day! Did you know that Amelia Earhart spoke in Emporia in 1933? Check out these newspaper articles ...
07/24/2019

Happy Amelia Earhart Day! Did you know that Amelia Earhart spoke in Emporia in 1933? Check out these newspaper articles about her visit!✈️

07/23/2019

July is Family Reunion Month! Did you know that you can come to History Center to research your family history? We've got an ancestry.com and a newspapers.com account to help you learn more about your family! Personal research is free and open to the public!

07/13/2019

Don’t forget to add some spook to your Saturday with Flint Hills Paranormal today at 2:30 👻

07/10/2019

You've gotta be kitten me! Today is #NationalKittenDay We thought it'd be pawfect for everyone to share kitten photos below!

Cowabunga! It’s Cow Appreciation Day! Here are some photos from our collection of our favorite cows. We would say that t...
07/09/2019

Cowabunga! It’s Cow Appreciation Day! Here are some photos from our collection of our favorite cows. We would say that these cows are totally moo-ving.

07/05/2019

Did you know that July is Anti-Boredom Month? The History Center can cure your boredom with our exhibits and events this month!

Happy (day before the) Fourth of July! The History Center will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We will reop...
07/03/2019

Happy (day before the) Fourth of July! The History Center will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen July 5th.

Fun fact! Did you know the first cornerstone of the 2nd Courthouse was laid July 4, 1901? Take a look at the workers who helped build the courthouse below!

Happy World U.F.O Day 👽 🛸  Today we gather together and watch the skies for that potential saucer flying by! The July 2n...
07/02/2019

Happy World U.F.O Day 👽 🛸 Today we gather together and watch the skies for that potential saucer flying by! The July 2nd date commemorates the anniversary of the Roswell U.F.O Incident in 1947. Supporters of this day hope to raise awareness of the exsistence of U.F.O's.

Below are some of our favorite articles concerning U.F.O's from the Emporia Gazette.

06/28/2019

#TodayInHistory : June 28 marks the 105th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian Nationalists. Ferdinand's death would be the final catalyst into the start of World War I.

If you'd like to learn more about World War I, we currently have an exhibit detailing the events of the war on display in the Preston Gallery. Stop on by and journey through history with us!

06/27/2019
Emporia Vintage Baseball

Sharing from our friends over at Emporia Vintage Baseball!

Ever think about playing some fun, summertime baseball? Have an old soul and long for the ways of yesteryear? Wish to experience the two combined? Then the Emporia Vintage Baseball team is the way to do just that!!
We are looking for players for this Saturday, June 29th. We will be playing at the fabulous Historic Cowtown Museum in Wichita at 1pm. Uniforms provided. No glove needed. Please send us a message saying you are game!

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711 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS
66801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(620) 340-6310

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