Chisholm Trail Museum

Chisholm Trail Museum Located in Wellington, KS at 502 N. Washington Ave, across from the Sumner County courthouse.
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We had a great time hosting Chamber Coffee a few weeks ago and are ready for the best season ever! Make sure you downloa...
05/15/2024

We had a great time hosting Chamber Coffee a few weeks ago and are ready for the best season ever! Make sure you download the Sunflower Summer app and visit us this summer!

Have family in town and looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Chisholm Trail Museum! We are open ...
05/11/2024

Have family in town and looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Chisholm Trail Museum! We are open weekends in May, Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 5pm.

We are hosting the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/ CVB's Chamber Coffee tomorrow, April 25 at 10am! Come see us and...
04/24/2024

We are hosting the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/ CVB's Chamber Coffee tomorrow, April 25 at 10am! Come see us and hear what we have coming up for this season! 🍩☕

Join us for Chamber Coffee this Thursday at 10am in the Wellington Memorial Auditorium with this week's host, the Chisholm Trail Museum!

🍩 Donuts from Daylight Donuts - Wellington KS
☕ Coffee from No. 7 Coffee House
🤝 Networking & Fellowship
📰 Member News & Activity Calendar
🎟️ Host Door Prize Drawing

The Chisholm Trail Museum is now taking nominations for three open board of trustee positions. The positions are for a t...
01/27/2024

The Chisholm Trail Museum is now taking nominations for three open board of trustee positions.

The positions are for a term of 3 years, April 2024 through April 2027.

To be considered for the position of trustee, please fill out the attached form and mail it to the address listed on the form or email it to [email protected]. The attached form can be filled out electronically, saved to your local computer, and sent back to our email address as an attachment, or printed and mailed.

If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, you may write a nomination letter to the Election Committee and mail/email it to the same address listed on the form. We request that you also give the nominee the attached form to fill out and submit along with your letter so that we have their biographical information as well as their consent to serve.

The deadline to submit nominations is February 15. If you have any questions, you may contact us on messenger or email [email protected].

We sincerely thank you for your continued support of the Chisholm Trail Museum.

Best Regards,
Chisholm Trail Museum 2024 Election Committee

Greetings and Scary Christmas,Henry here. Your friendly, Chisholm Trail Museum ghost. I’m BAAACCKK!. Well, actually, I’m...
12/24/2023

Greetings and Scary Christmas,

Henry here. Your friendly, Chisholm Trail Museum ghost. I’m BAAACCKK!. Well, actually, I’m not that friendly, and I never really left. It’s all you noisy unexpireds that keep coming in all the time disrupting my peaceful slumber. Anyway, the museum is finally closed for the season. “Thank you, Jesus!!!”

According to that Becky Alexander air-breather, there were 1,021 of you ground-walkers that came into the museum this year. That’s the most that’s been here since that Corona thing happened. She said there were visitors from 25 states, 44 Kansas towns, and two countries, Ireland and Japan. Imagine that! Come all that way just to see little old me! Well, maybe they came for the history.

Some were hikers following the full length of the Chisholm Trail. Really??? Even the cowboys were smart enough to ride horses! She said she posted about it on that Bookface thingy, whatever that is.

There was some travel writer named Vanessa Whiteside with One Delightful Life this summer, and a visit by Seth Varner with Wandermore Publishing LLC. He had visited every single
incorporated town in Kansas and recently released his book Wandermore in Kansas, Wandermore's Visit627Kansas. I’d just as soon he’d wandermored outa here. There was also a surprise visit from a food blogger, "The Kansas Gastronomist". That name doesn’t sound all that appetizing to me. The museum was recommended by Curt Yoder at The Big Cheese Pizza, who this guy was in town interviewing for his blog. Ummm, what’s a blogger anyway? An overweight jogger? I don’t get it!

Anyway, we were a VERY popular hangout for middle school aged kids as well. They made all sorts of racket doing the scavenger hunts and learning more about local history as well as trying to hunt for me and scaring each other. There were also several new faces of high school volunteers this year.

Let’s see now, what else happened over the last year? That Triumph Group Wings Over Wellington organization stepped in and repainted the hallway on first floor and remodeled the TV and Radio room. Good thing I don’t have eyes and lungs anymore;
they would have been burning from the paint fumes.

Carla Rains and Brenda Dwyer finished the County Church exhibit over last winter, and they had a grand opening event! Oh, and Louise Leslie and her Exhibit Restoration and Preservation committee redid the Barber Shop and Drug Store exhibit up on third floor. Between the paint fumes and Mr. Rick Stewart’s shiny waxed floor, they ruined one of my favorite slumber spots.

Since they put that new air conditioning system in, I haven’t been able to figure out how to mess with it. But I did figure out how to get even. One night I sent my pet, Bart the bat, out to fly around in the halls. That set off the burglar alarm motion detectors, and ,of
course, I had let him out at midnight, which made a couple of the board members and all those nice police officers come down and check out the museum to make sure there weren’t any of them burglars about. Boy, did I have a good laugh! When those police
officers were down in the basement looking things over, I made the old rotary dial phone down there ring. They sure didn’t know what to think of that and beat feet back upstairs. I laughed so hard I almost turned white as a sheet! Oh, wait, I am white as a sheet! 👻

I floated in on the last board meeting and overheard that Louise Leslie and her ERP committee’s plans to spruce up the library and music room this year. Oh great! I suppose she’s going to round up a whole bunch of volunteers to come in and bang around, making all sorts of commotion while they paint the walls and move cabinets. Whatever happened to letting a spirit rest in peace?

They got some new interesting items donated over the last year. One was a full set of Ghost Towns of Kansas books to add to our library. There was some guy from PBS TV by the name of Chris Frank here interviewing that Jim Bales character for a documentary of the same name. He was also interviewed for a video on the history of the Methodist Church. Probably thinks he is some kind of big TV star now. Those ghost town books will come in handy for me! Now when I take a vacation next summer, I can use those like a travel guide. Visit some of my brothers of the sheet!

I saw some recently defunct Wellington Rotary Club items. Including that dang, noisy bell. I suppose every kid is gonna come in and try to ring that stinking bell and wake me up. Probably thinking he’s giving some angel their wings or something.

Anyway, I’m getting away from the purpose of this letter, which is to remind you that if you feel like giving this season, DON’T! The museum can’t pay its bills without your generous donations. If they can’t pay their bills, maybe they’ll close the doors, and I can get some peace and quiet around here. That Cari Cook person said that people can now also donate using PayPal or a debit/credit card on the museum’s website, www.ctmuseumks.com PayPal??? There’s another thing I don’t understand. You pay folks to be your pal? I’ll never understand you above-grounders!

Have a Merry Christmas and I’ll scare ya next year! 🎄

Henry
CSO (Chief Spirit Officer)
Chisholm Trail Museum

Happy Veterans Day to all the men and women who have served and continued to serve! 🇺🇲🫡 Come see our beautiful Veterans ...
11/11/2023

Happy Veterans Day to all the men and women who have served and continued to serve! 🇺🇲🫡 Come see our beautiful Veterans Room with artifacts on display that date as far back as the Civil War!
We are open today and tomorrow from 1pm to 5pm! Our last days open for 2023 will be Saturday 11/18 and Sunday 11/19!

Thanks for coming to see us Wandermore's Visit627Kansas! 🎉
10/09/2023

Thanks for coming to see us Wandermore's Visit627Kansas! 🎉

The Chisholm Trail Museum will be closed tomorrow on Labor Day so come in today as part of your Sunday Funday! We are op...
09/03/2023

The Chisholm Trail Museum will be closed tomorrow on Labor Day so come in today as part of your Sunday Funday! We are open now till 5!

Thanks so much to the City of Wellington, KS for their prompt downed limb cleanup! The street in front of our building i...
08/05/2023

Thanks so much to the City of Wellington, KS for their prompt downed limb cleanup! The street in front of our building is clear and we are open!

Happy Saturday of the Kansas Wheat Festival 🎉 We will open for the day after the 9am parade has completed! Come beat the...
07/15/2023

Happy Saturday of the Kansas Wheat Festival 🎉 We will open for the day after the 9am parade has completed! Come beat the heat and see over 40,000 artifacts of Wellington and Sumner County's history!

The museum will be closed today, July 4, and tomorrow, July 5th. We will reopen at 1pm on Thursday, July 6! Have a fun a...
07/04/2023

The museum will be closed today, July 4, and tomorrow, July 5th. We will reopen at 1pm on Thursday, July 6! Have a fun and safe Independence Day!

The museum saw A LOT of visitors when the Vargas Cousin Camp came to visit! Thanks for adding us to your activity itiner...
07/01/2023

The museum saw A LOT of visitors when the Vargas Cousin Camp came to visit! Thanks for adding us to your activity itinerary Vargas Family!

We were thrilled to see such a great turnout for Thursday's Business After Hours and Grand Opening. Thanks to everyone w...
06/25/2023

We were thrilled to see such a great turnout for Thursday's Business After Hours and Grand Opening. Thanks to everyone who came to support the museum and see the updated rooms and displays! We are open every day from 1pm to 5pm so stop in and see if you can find all the changes!

06/22/2023

Today is the day! Join us from 5pm to 7pm for the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/ CVB Business After Hours where we will be showcasing our new and updated exhibits!

The Chisholm Trail Museum will be hosting a Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/ CVB Business After Hours & Season Grand...
06/17/2023

The Chisholm Trail Museum will be hosting a Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/ CVB Business After Hours & Season Grand Opening event on Thursday, June 22, from 5 to 7 PM. We are excited to highlight the recent remodeling projects, including the newly painted first floor hallway, the remodeled Ed Schrag Radio & TV room, the newly remodeled Barber shop and Drug Store exhibit on third floor, as well as the new Sumner County Churches exhibit. This event is open to the public so please come by if you're available and see the Museum’s new looks!
Collectible commemorative plates became popular in Europe about 1900 and slowly gained popularity here in the states. Starting about mid-century, several churches in the community sold commemorative plates as fundraisers. These were show plates to be hung on the wall with a picture of the church, and on the back the history of the church. About a year or so ago, a kindly citizen donated one of these church plates to the museum. Carla Rains, one of the present board members, had seen several other of these plates in various places in the museum and got the idea to gather them together in an exhibit. After talking with some of her friends in the community, she found that this was a project that many were enthusiastic to support. Realizing that the project was becoming bigger than she could manage, she recruited the help of Brenda Dwyer. Brenda is no stranger to the museum as she worked as one of the early museum hostesses in her teens when the museum opened in the 1960s. The recent repainting and wall repair project started by Triumph's Wings over Wellington community service project was perfect timing to take one of the rooms on the third floor and designate it for this project. Together, Carla, Brenda, and the museum board have painted the room, cleaned, gathered artifacts, and put together a wonderful display and representation of the county churches. At present, there are 16 commemorative plates, and close to 50 pictures, as well as other artifacts of the Sumner County churches. Some of these churches are still standing today, and many others are lost to history, except for these pictures. With this season's opening of the museum, we invite you to come down to view these artifacts and see this history preserved.

Today is OPENING DAY! We will be open daily from 1pm to 5pm beginning today, June 1st. Please pardon the mess as we cont...
06/01/2023

Today is OPENING DAY! We will be open daily from 1pm to 5pm beginning today, June 1st. Please pardon the mess as we continue wrapping up our spring projects.
We are excited to celebrate the refreshed rooms and updated displays with you at our Business After Hours/Open House on Thursday, June 22 from 5pm to 7pm. All are welcome to join us!

Today is opening day for the Chisholm Trail Museum! The off-season repair projects are nearing completion and they are excited to showcase the repairs by hosting a Business After Hours/Open House on Thursday, June 22nd from 5pm to 7pm. This event is open to the public so come enjoy refreshments and our local history!

We loved having One Delightful Life  visit! Come see us when we open in June!
05/21/2023

We loved having One Delightful Life visit! Come see us when we open in June!

OPENING DATE ANNOUNCEMENT: We will officially open for the 2023 season on Thursday, June 1! The winter off-season has be...
04/30/2023

OPENING DATE ANNOUNCEMENT: We will officially open for the 2023 season on Thursday, June 1!

The winter off-season has been anything but quiet at the Chisholm Trail Museum. Our dedicated team of volunteers have taken on a remodeling project in the first floor hallway, the TV Room, the Loom Room, and the Barber Shop.
Thank you to Triumph Accessory Service's Wings Over Wellington service group for helping us get started by patching and painting the hallway, and for providing major assistance by removing a hidden window and patching the walls in the TV Room. Thanks Triumph Group!
We also greatly appreciate USD 353 Wellington KS Public Schools for sending student volunteers to help us on WHS's Service Day! This enthusiastic and energetic group helped us continue painting the first floor hallway and they did A LOT of cleaning on all three floors. Good job kids, and thank you!
Our volunteers have been diligently working to finish the projects and curate the artifacts into great displays for you to enjoy. Since we want our visitors to have the best experience possible, we have decided to postpone our official season opening until June 1, 2023. After that date, we will be open daily from 1pm to 5pm as long as we have volunteers to work the front desk. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send us a message!
We appreciate your patience and are excited to see you all in June! In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the work in progress!

We were delighted to welcome a couple of special visitors to the Chisholm Trail Museum yesterday! Bart Smith and Nimblew...
04/07/2023

We were delighted to welcome a couple of special visitors to the Chisholm Trail Museum yesterday! Bart Smith and Nimblewill Nomad are long-distance hikers that are on their way to completing their hike of the entire Chisholm Trail. Well, at least they both were until Nimblewill had an unfortunate meeting with a car during the trip!
May they travel well on their way to Abilene!

Bart Smith has done all 30 trails in our National Trails System. There are currently 11 National Scenic, 19 National Historic. More information Bart and Nimblewill Nomad can be found on their websites.

http://www.bartsmithphotography.com/welcome?fbclid=IwAR2hKTyXA9MgWhPZTV2emDcGo7xBYIHSREb9P9JnnSq8U7nbkJ5pqeCRom8

https://nimblewillnomad.com/?fbclid=IwAR1wjNeD_qSG43JSK8vfEjt2cg-xyrjVM9k3I1PZeCRaujogQY5JIORTKbk

We will be hosting Chamber Coffee this Thursday at 10am in the Memorial Auditorium!
03/28/2023

We will be hosting Chamber Coffee this Thursday at 10am in the Memorial Auditorium!

All are welcome to attend our weekly Chamber Coffee meetings held every Thursday at 10am in the Memorial Auditorium! This week's host is the Chisholm Trail Museum!

Henry here, your Chisholm Trail Museum apparition. 👻 After years of watching folks use those things called computers, I'...
01/01/2023

Henry here, your Chisholm Trail Museum apparition. 👻 After years of watching folks use those things called computers, I've learned how to use the living's page so I could share with you the letter I sent to the museum's supporters. If you would like to become a supporter, visit their website to learn how, or you can donate right on their profile. Happy New Year and I hope to see you above-grounders visit me in 2023!

December 22, 2022

Greetings and Merry Christmas everyone!

Henry here! Your friendly Chisholm Trail Museum apparition. Just floating in to
wish you holiday tidings and bring you up to date on the happenings at the museum this year. Well, another year has almost passed away. (See what I did? A little ghostly
humor there.)

What a year it was! There was 980 above-grounders from 27 States that visited
the museum this year. That’s not near the numbers that used to come but more than the last couple years. I guess some are still scared of that Covid thing. I wish I could scare that many away!

It was about 1st of June, and I was resting comfortable in my favorite hiding spot
when, all of a sudden, all these crazy ladies started coming in. Like an invasion of
women to a Chippendales show! They were all gawking and ogling these large pieces
of fabric called quilts or something. I never seen the like. I heard one of them say some of them dated back to the 1700’s. Heck, that’s even before my time. Way back before I learned to fly. Anyway, this invasion lasted for almost a month. Finally, they had a big Whoop De Doo where they gave away one of these big blanket things and some other knickknacks in a basket with a bottle of wine. After that it all calmed down a little. Probably was the wine!

Well, they finally did it. You guys have been donating money every year and then
those air breathers that call themselves board members went out and got some other generous donator to help put in a new heating and cooling system! We spirits were perfectly happy with the 40-year-old system. I mean we could mess with that one. You know, make it go on or off when we wanted to, make it malfunction when they least expected it. This new system, it’s way too efficient. I can’t figure out how to monkey with it at all. And that guy who put it in, coming in here every morning waking me up banging around. I need to find his address and go haunt him. Now it’s all cozy and comfortable in this place and I can’t find many cool damp places to rest my bones.

Then when I do find a comfy place to rest in peace, in come these ghost hunters
with their electronic gadgets asking me lotta stupid questions like, Am I here?
Can I turn on their stinking flashlight? I try not to encourage them, but Felix the ghost cat was out looking for ghost mice when they were here, and one of them thinks they heard him! I got nervous and lit up one of my Ghosterfield ci******es without thinking, and they thought they smelled my smoke. It will be tough to die that one down. (Live that one down, for you air breathers.)

I got even, though! There was some TV news station here, Channel 10, I think, to do a piece on those ghost hunters, and while they was filming that Jim Bales character, I knocked ole Doc Hatcher’s picture off the wall.

Thought it would make them jump and run, but trouble was it didn’t scare them at all. Just made them a little more excited.

Oh, the poor old tree that has been up in front of the museum for over 50 years
finally looked like it was going to give up the ghost. (Some more of my dry bones wit.) So, they hired some tree service to cut down the tree, but one of them must have seen me watching from the window and got scared off! They loaded up their truck and left faster than a herd of turkeys at a Thanksgiving Day shootin’ match! They didn’t finish the job, and now the poor old tree looks spookier than me! I have been told the trimmers will be coming back now that Halloween is long over.

I listened in to the last board meeting, I guess that Louise Leslie and her Exhibit
Restoration & Planning committee, (Ha ha, what a name, the ERP committee), have big plans to repaint the first-floor hall and a couple rooms this winter. That’s all I need, a whole bunch more unexpireds coming in disturbing my winter nap. Oh, well, at least they finished the Bank and Mayors’ room last year; maybe I can hide out in there.
Oh, I also overheard that Becky Alexander person say she updated the page and set up a Tweeter account. What’s that all about? A book with faces??? Tweeter account??? A bank account for birds? What the heck will you earth dwellers think of next?

Oh, yeah, there was some new ground walker working at the museum this year
volunteering and fixing things up. I overheard someone say his name was Rick Stewart. If you see that guy, tell him to quit making so much noise when he’s changing lightbulbs! Oh, that racket gives me a headache. Wait a minute, I don’t have a head! Well, something hurts!

Oh, and while we’re talking about noise, tell that Cassity Brungardt to keep those kids calmed down when she’s giving those grade school tours. All that chattering, like “Wow!” “Look at this!” “Look at that!” “How’s that work?”. It’s enough to wake the dead! It woke me!

Hey, I got an idea, maybe if you all don’t give the museum any money this year,
they won’t come in here bothering me. That’s it! If you don’t send them any money,
maybe they will have to close down, and I can get some peace and quiet. Weeelll, now that I think about it, I might get too lonely, and it’s no fun if there is nobody here to spook. Ohh Kay, go ahead, send them some money and I will be looking forward to spooking you next year!

Wishing y’all a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year! If you do come back
to bother me next year, just don’t make so much dang noise!

Henry
CSO (Chief Spirit Officer)
Chisholm Trail Museum

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Chisholm Trail Museum!
12/25/2022

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Chisholm Trail Museum!

Meet our friend Grady!  We hear he loves the Chisholm Trail Museum.  So much so that his Grandpa Gehring made him a repl...
10/30/2022

Meet our friend Grady! We hear he loves the Chisholm Trail Museum. So much so that his Grandpa Gehring made him a replica of our building. 😍 It’s complete with the flagpole and longhorn steer out front! Did you notice the mysterious rider on the back of the steer?!?!

We were honored to have cyclist Lynn Salvo, three time Guinness World Record holder, and her group visit our museum this...
10/30/2022

We were honored to have cyclist Lynn Salvo, three time Guinness World Record holder, and her group visit our museum this morning! Thanks for coming to see us, Lynn!
You can follow her story and progress on her blog, lifeislikeabike.wordpress.com

This is going to be a fun and informative event! Call Micah Fry with the Cowley College Golden Tigers at 620-441-5225 to...
10/26/2022

This is going to be a fun and informative event! Call Micah Fry with the Cowley College Golden Tigers at 620-441-5225 to sign up.

There is still fun to be had this semester! Next month, we've partnered with the Chisholm Trail Museum in Wellington to offer an exciting presentation on the evolution of medicine in Sumner County. Spots are still open so give Micah a call today at 620-441-5225 to sign-up for the class.

The first day of this class will be at Cowley College - Sumner Campus and the second meeting will be at the museum.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our second Night at the Chisholm Trail Museum on Saturday! Our cherished building was...
10/25/2022

Thanks to everyone who came out to our second Night at the Chisholm Trail Museum on Saturday! Our cherished building was bustling with lots of activity!

We are planning on having another date in the near future so if you are interested in attending, click on the link at the bottom of this post and register to be on the wait-list. When a date is selected, we will reach out to those on the wait-list first!

You do not need a special event to visit the Chisholm Trail Museum! We are open daily from 1pm to 5pm till November 1st, then Saturdays and Sundays only through November. Come see the thousands of artifacts relating to Sumner County's history in the daylight!

Wait-List Form
https://forms.gle/YT71t3Xhy9fF7Qie9

10/09/2022

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our museum last night! ❤️

10/08/2022

We are so excited for this event!

Address

502 N Washington Avenue
Wellington, KS
67152

Opening Hours

Monday 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Telephone

+16203263820

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