Brown County Historical Society


Memorial Auditorium Museum 611 Utah Street Hiawatha, Kansas 66434 Ag Museum & Windmill Lane 301 E. Iowa Hiawatha, Kansas 66434


Happy New Year!!!🎊🎈🎆

The museum office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Office Hours for January will be Monday - Thursday 10 am - 4 pm.


More information on Mme. Ernestine Schumann Heink and her visit to Hiawatha & her performance @ the Auditorium.

Great news coverage was provided for this vocal performance. According to The Hiawatha Daily World this was Mme. Schumann Heink's first visit to NE Kansas. While in the area she performed in Manhattan, Topeka, and Atchison. The newspaper boasted, "The famous contralto was delighted with Hiawatha and...praised the Auditorium highly."

Mme. Schumann Heink had a remarkable operatic career including performances @ the Royal Opera House in London & the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

During WWI, she supported the US and its armed forces. She entertained troops and raised money to aid wounded veterans.

In 1926, she first sang Silent Night over the radio for Christmas, and this became a tradition with US radio listeners through Christmas of 1935.


This is my first post as the new Director/Curator of the Brown County Historical Society. The transition period has been smooth, and I'm enjoying my time @ both the Auditorium & the Ag Museum & Windmill Lane.

As a historian & professional genealogist, I have always been enamored with books, documents, artifacts and architecture. However, the Ag Museum and Windmill Lane have captured my heart. Thanks to our wonderful employee @ the Ag Museum, Bonnie, I'm learning about the equipment, tools, and our generous donors.

Summertime has definitely arrived in Brown County. As I walked down Windmill Lane last Saturday and felt the sun's warmth, I pleasantly recalled my childhood summers in Brown County. I feel like I've come home.

My goal is to have an artifact a week from both the Auditorium & the Ag Museum on our page. Please look for first artifact posts next week...

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Thank you to the Chamber and all the volunteers who worked on this year's Halloween Frolic and activities. It is great seeing these community events.

Davis Memorial revitalization project in the works
Davis Memorial revitalization project in the works

Davis Memorial revitalization project in the works

The Mount Hope Cemetery board is taking steps to protect an aging beauty and historic icon of Hiawatha that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.


We had a nice little gathering last night for the Wedding Gown display open house and program on Textiles. I want to thank Marla Day, Senior Curator, from the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum for coming down and giving us such a fine program.


HAATS will be performing, "Meet Me in St. Louis," this Friday, June 19, Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21. All performances will be in the Memorial Auditorium with Friday and Saturday starting at 7:00pm, and Sunday being a Matinee at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door $10 for adults and $5 for grades k-12. Come out and support our local theatre group.


This is the last week for the exhibit, "Wild Land". We have special hours for Memorial Weekend. Saturday, May 23, 10am to 3pm and Sunday, May 24, 1pm to 3pm. The exhibit is on display at the Frances Sewell Plamann History Center, aka Clock tower building. If you have not made it out yet, I would encourage you to come see this exceptional exhibit.


611 Utah St
Hiawatha, KS

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00


(785) 742-3330


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