Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum The local history museum for Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas! A world-class local history museum you will love! Four floors of exhibits celebrating Wichita and Sedgwick County in Wichita's original city hall.
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Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our Vision: To provide a world class Museum experience, advancing the understanding and exploration of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas. Our Mission: The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials reflecting the heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County. Our Core Values:
Discovery, Creativity, Empathy, Authenticity, Integrity, Service and Collaboration
These values are primary factors guiding the organization’s actions in meeting the mission and fulfilling the vision set for the Museum. By adhering to these simple tenets, the Museum is able to provide experiences which orient the visitor to the past, define the present, and help chart the course for the future. Our Statement of Ethics: The Museum’s policies and procedures are intended to reflect the values in the Code of Ethics for Museums of the American Alliance of Museums and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Statement of Ethics.

Operating as usual

Skip the indoor picnic & dine al fresco at YOUR local history HQ! Free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch & e...
05/05/2021

Skip the indoor picnic & dine al fresco at YOUR local history HQ! Free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch & eat outdoors in Heritage Square, now through May 30. After dining, visitors may tour the Museum (no food or drink inside). Photo of the Wichita YWCA ca. 1910 from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall.

Skip the indoor picnic & dine al fresco at YOUR local history HQ! Free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch & eat outdoors in Heritage Square, now through May 30. After dining, visitors may tour the Museum (no food or drink inside). Photo of the Wichita YWCA ca. 1910 from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall.

04/28/2021
Senior Wednesday - Wichita Pioneer Robert E. Lawrence

Join archivist Gary Huffman in an in-depth look into the life of one of Wichita’s earliest settlers: Robert E. Lawrence. Huffman continues to transcribe and archive the diaries of Lawrence, watching as Lawrence lives day to day in the blossoming city of Wichita, working as a banker, real estate operator, commercial builder; serving on the Wichita Board of Education, the Kansas State Legislature, as a devout member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Senior Wednesdays are sponsored by The Trust Company of Kansas and a generous grant from Mickey Armstrong.

It's #NationalPicnicDay!  Paul Mar, Ning Mar, and Wayne Wong immigrated to Wichita in the 1930s & were employed at the P...
04/23/2021

It's #NationalPicnicDay! Paul Mar, Ning Mar, and Wayne Wong immigrated to Wichita in the 1930s & were employed at the Pan American Cafe. They enjoyed a picnic at Santa Fe Lake (near Augusta) in 1941. Photo from our archives in the beautiful original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Have your picnic here - the Museum offers free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30.

It's #NationalPicnicDay! Paul Mar, Ning Mar, and Wayne Wong immigrated to Wichita in the 1930s & were employed at the Pan American Cafe. They enjoyed a picnic at Santa Fe Lake (near Augusta) in 1941. Photo from our archives in the beautiful original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Have your picnic here - the Museum offers free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30.

Our duck friends are celebrating #EarthDay2021 in the water. They would welcome your company! Open today 11-4, offering ...
04/22/2021

Our duck friends are celebrating #EarthDay2021 in the water. They would welcome your company! Open today 11-4, offering free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30th.

Our duck friends are celebrating #EarthDay2021 in the water. They would welcome your company! Open today 11-4, offering free lunchtime admission when you bring your lunch and eat outdoors in beautiful Heritage Square, now through May 30th.

04/20/2021
Snow falls in Heritage Square

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors over the lunch hour! The Museum offers free lunchtime admission April 15 through May 30. The public is invited to bring lunch and enjoy it outdoors in Heritage Square. After eating, visitors may tour through the Museum (no food or drink inside please). #snowday #wisteria Visit Wichita

Wichita children receive the polio vaccine at  Wichita High School East in 1954, part of field trials sponsored by the N...
04/19/2021

Wichita children receive the polio vaccine at Wichita High School East in 1954, part of field trials sponsored by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March of Dimes). Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org.

Wichita children receive the polio vaccine at Wichita High School East in 1954, part of field trials sponsored by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March of Dimes). Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org.

The Historical Museum will be closed Easter Sunday, April 4. Back in the day, Wichitans flocked to Joyland Amusement Par...
03/31/2021

The Historical Museum will be closed Easter Sunday, April 4. Back in the day, Wichitans flocked to Joyland Amusement Park for the Easter Egg Hunt, like young Carmen Lopez, the daughter of Rafael & Concepcion (Connie) Lopez, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Mr. Lopez served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War & beginning in 1963, the couple owned and operated Connies Mexico Cafe. Photo dates to 1956 and is from our archives!

The Historical Museum will be closed Easter Sunday, April 4. Back in the day, Wichitans flocked to Joyland Amusement Park for the Easter Egg Hunt, like young Carmen Lopez, the daughter of Rafael & Concepcion (Connie) Lopez, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Mr. Lopez served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War & beginning in 1963, the couple owned and operated Connies Mexico Cafe. Photo dates to 1956 and is from our archives!

Rare color view of Downtown Wichita, June 1963, 200 block E. Douglas, in front of Woolworths, now the site of Chester I ...
03/30/2021

Rare color view of Downtown Wichita, June 1963, 200 block E. Douglas, in front of Woolworths, now the site of Chester I Lewis Reflection Square Park. Chester I. Lewis, Jr. (1928-1990) was a leader of the modern civil rights movement in the United States. Born in Hutchinson, Lewis served in World War II & received a law degree KU in 1953. By 1955 he was practicing law in Wichita & actively involved in The Wichita Branch NAACP becoming president of the organization in 1956. Color slide from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Open today 11-4 - come see us!

Rare color view of Downtown Wichita, June 1963, 200 block E. Douglas, in front of Woolworths, now the site of Chester I Lewis Reflection Square Park. Chester I. Lewis, Jr. (1928-1990) was a leader of the modern civil rights movement in the United States. Born in Hutchinson, Lewis served in World War II & received a law degree KU in 1953. By 1955 he was practicing law in Wichita & actively involved in The Wichita Branch NAACP becoming president of the organization in 1956. Color slide from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Open today 11-4 - come see us!

"Americans are starting to buy real clothes again" according to a recent Wichita Eagle article! Great news for Lewin's S...
03/19/2021

"Americans are starting to buy real clothes again" according to a recent Wichita Eagle article! Great news for Lewin's Suburban store at 4817 E Douglas, circa 1965. Lewin's was a retailer of fine women's fashions, owned by Ruth Lewin & her daughter, Marian Lewin Beren. Their upscale store brought Wichitans clothes by such notable designers as Halston, Christian Dior and Bill Blass. Celebrating #womenshistorymonth at YOUR local history HQ! Visit Wichita Photo from our archives.

"Americans are starting to buy real clothes again" according to a recent Wichita Eagle article! Great news for Lewin's Suburban store at 4817 E Douglas, circa 1965. Lewin's was a retailer of fine women's fashions, owned by Ruth Lewin & her daughter, Marian Lewin Beren. Their upscale store brought Wichitans clothes by such notable designers as Halston, Christian Dior and Bill Blass. Celebrating #womenshistorymonth at YOUR local history HQ! Visit Wichita Photo from our archives.

Artist Zona Wheeler (1913-1998) front & center w/ McCormick Armstrong Commercial Printer colleagues, ca. 1960. A commerc...
03/18/2021

Artist Zona Wheeler (1913-1998) front & center w/ McCormick Armstrong Commercial Printer colleagues, ca. 1960. A commercial & fine artist, Wheeler studied with Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery & was the 1st woman artist hired at McCormick Armstrong. By 1972 Zona was Senior Art Director & her design work received national & international awards. In 1970 she was honored by Bethany College for her contribution of creativity in the arts. Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth with a photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Open today 11-4.

Artist Zona Wheeler (1913-1998) front & center w/ McCormick Armstrong Commercial Printer colleagues, ca. 1960. A commercial & fine artist, Wheeler studied with Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery & was the 1st woman artist hired at McCormick Armstrong. By 1972 Zona was Senior Art Director & her design work received national & international awards. In 1970 she was honored by Bethany College for her contribution of creativity in the arts. Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth with a photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Open today 11-4.

Cars of many colors in this view of Douglas & Market, 1959. Now ReNew Wichita, the building (Fourth National Bank) is on...
03/17/2021

Cars of many colors in this view of Douglas & Market, 1959. Now ReNew Wichita, the building (Fourth National Bank) is on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS"as an important example of the Modern Movement style of architecture in the City of Wichita- Government and the work of a notable local architectural firm, Thomas, Harris, Calvin Associates." Photo from our archives! #SupportLocalMuseums

Cars of many colors in this view of Douglas & Market, 1959. Now ReNew Wichita, the building (Fourth National Bank) is on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS"as an important example of the Modern Movement style of architecture in the City of Wichita- Government and the work of a notable local architectural firm, Thomas, Harris, Calvin Associates." Photo from our archives! #SupportLocalMuseums

Wichita was a city of rapid successes, failures, & changes in the 1880s. The building at 223 E Douglas was the site of t...
03/16/2021

Wichita was a city of rapid successes, failures, & changes in the 1880s. The building at 223 E Douglas was the site of three businesses between1886-1888, all owned by Mrs. Blackburn, including the Detroit Dining Parlor. Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth at the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #eatlocal #SupportLocalMuseums #SayNiceThingsAboutDetroit

Wichita was a city of rapid successes, failures, & changes in the 1880s. The building at 223 E Douglas was the site of three businesses between1886-1888, all owned by Mrs. Blackburn, including the Detroit Dining Parlor. Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth at the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #eatlocal #SupportLocalMuseums #SayNiceThingsAboutDetroit

Street scene, 1963, Douglas Avenue, with  Caldwell-Murdock Building at center (Heads Shoes), designed by businesswoman, ...
03/05/2021

Street scene, 1963, Douglas Avenue, with Caldwell-Murdock Building at center (Heads Shoes), designed by businesswoman, philanthropist, & visionary Louise Caldwell Murdock (1858-1915). As an enduring gift to the people of Wichita, she dedicated the income from the Caldwell-Murdock Building to the purchase of a world-class collection of American art for the city. The Roland P. Murdock Collection at the Wichita Art Museum remains her legacy. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! Open today 11-4. #SupportLocalMuseums #womenshistorymonth

Street scene, 1963, Douglas Avenue, with Caldwell-Murdock Building at center (Heads Shoes), designed by businesswoman, philanthropist, & visionary Louise Caldwell Murdock (1858-1915). As an enduring gift to the people of Wichita, she dedicated the income from the Caldwell-Murdock Building to the purchase of a world-class collection of American art for the city. The Roland P. Murdock Collection at the Wichita Art Museum remains her legacy. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! Open today 11-4. #SupportLocalMuseums #womenshistorymonth

Just steps and nearly 70 years from our door in the heart of Wichita - looking east from Main Street on William, 1952, i...
03/04/2021

Just steps and nearly 70 years from our door in the heart of Wichita - looking east from Main Street on William, 1952, including the Sandra Theatre, Innes, Henry's, Hotel McClellan, and the City of Wichita- Government Wichita Police Department at right, now Heritage Square. Color slide from our archives! #SupportLocalMusems Visit Wichita Downtown Wichita

Just steps and nearly 70 years from our door in the heart of Wichita - looking east from Main Street on William, 1952, including the Sandra Theatre, Innes, Henry's, Hotel McClellan, and the City of Wichita- Government Wichita Police Department at right, now Heritage Square. Color slide from our archives! #SupportLocalMusems Visit Wichita Downtown Wichita

Women will win the war! National Defense Training School, in Wichita,1943. Vocational instructors taught welding, sheet ...
03/03/2021

Women will win the war! National Defense Training School, in Wichita,1943. Vocational instructors taught welding, sheet metal work & riveting. Local defense plants offered the same pay to men & women after the completion of training. Photo from our archive. Learn more about Wichita women at YOUR local history HQ! Open today 11-4. #WomensHistoryMonth #SupportLocalMuseums

Women will win the war! National Defense Training School, in Wichita,1943. Vocational instructors taught welding, sheet metal work & riveting. Local defense plants offered the same pay to men & women after the completion of training. Photo from our archive. Learn more about Wichita women at YOUR local history HQ! Open today 11-4. #WomensHistoryMonth #SupportLocalMuseums

In 1962, The Wichita Branch NAACP promoted "Don't Shop Where You Can't Work" to discourage patronage of stores w/discrim...
02/19/2021

In 1962, The Wichita Branch NAACP promoted "Don't Shop Where You Can't Work" to discourage patronage of stores w/discriminatory policies. Of 35 stores surveyed, Innes was one of only 8 downtown stores that hired black clerks or cashiers. 1958 Innes photo from our archives. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org #BlackHistoryMonth #SupportLocalMuseums #TheMoreYouKnow

In 1962, The Wichita Branch NAACP promoted "Don't Shop Where You Can't Work" to discourage patronage of stores w/discriminatory policies. Of 35 stores surveyed, Innes was one of only 8 downtown stores that hired black clerks or cashiers. 1958 Innes photo from our archives. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org #BlackHistoryMonth #SupportLocalMuseums #TheMoreYouKnow

Kansas.gov - Kansas Government Governor & Presidential nominee Alf Landon parades in Wichita along Douglas, 1936. View i...
02/15/2021

Kansas.gov - Kansas Government Governor & Presidential nominee Alf Landon parades in Wichita along Douglas, 1936. View includes UNB w/ Dockum Drugs, site of 1958 The Wichita Branch NAACP Youth Civil Rights sit-in, now Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection. Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth #presidentsday & our local history from the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in snowy Downtown Wichita. Closed each & every Monday - visit www.wichitaphotos.org anytime!

Kansas.gov - Kansas Government Governor & Presidential nominee Alf Landon parades in Wichita along Douglas, 1936. View includes UNB w/ Dockum Drugs, site of 1958 The Wichita Branch NAACP Youth Civil Rights sit-in, now Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection. Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth #presidentsday & our local history from the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in snowy Downtown Wichita. Closed each & every Monday - visit www.wichitaphotos.org anytime!

Beautiful! Startling! Mystifying!  "Strictly moral & refined" entertainment promised by "Lunette the Flying Lady" at the...
02/10/2021

Beautiful! Startling! Mystifying! "Strictly moral & refined" entertainment promised by "Lunette the Flying Lady" at the 1900 Wichita Carnival & Fall Festival, held just outside the City Building,
City Clerk sign visible in window. Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall - we're open today 11-4. Come see us! Visit Wichita

Wichita's historic civil rights sit-in at the Dockum Drug Store in 1958 is getting national recognition! Thank you,  Kat...
02/06/2021
Washington Post

Wichita's historic civil rights sit-in at the Dockum Drug Store in 1958 is getting national recognition! Thank you, Kate Torgovnick May at the Washington Post for an excellent article on this groundbreaking event. #BlackHistoryMonth City of Wichita- Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums

The 1958 civil rights protest by Black teens at a Wichita drug store led to the end of segregation at lunch counters all over the state and inspired a wave of sit-ins across the country.

Local musician Harold Cary graced the September 1960 cover of "New Depths" magazine, published by D.L. Pryor in Wichita....
02/05/2021

Local musician Harold Cary graced the September 1960 cover of "New Depths" magazine, published by D.L. Pryor in Wichita. According to scholar & local blues expert Patrick J. O'Connor, Cary helped integrate clubs south of Central for black musicians in the 1940s. Magazine from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #BlackHistoryMonth Outlaws of Blues More on Cary here: http://www.kansashistory.us/oconnorminstrel.html

Wichita's civil rights legacy was honored by the Today Show recently! The Museum was honored to share photos from our ar...
02/03/2021
Today Show

Wichita's civil rights legacy was honored by the Today Show recently! The Museum was honored to share photos from our archive to tell this important story - learn more at the Museum, open today 11-4. #BlackHistoryMonth #wichita City of Wichita- Government #SupportLocalMuseums

Peggy Wesley was 15 years old when she joined the sit-in, which lasted for three weeks.

Rainy days are perfect days for to visit museums! Floods & canoes were not unusual in Downtown Wichita before the  compl...
01/30/2021

Rainy days are perfect days for to visit museums! Floods & canoes were not unusual in Downtown Wichita before the completion of the "Big Ditch" project in 1959. View in front of the Scottish Rite Temple at 1st & Topeka, 1904. Photo from our archive in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! Open today 1-5pm. Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums

Celebrating Kansas Day with a FB LIVE musical event on Sunday, January 31st at 2pm! Presented by Orin Friesen & a cavalc...
01/29/2021

Celebrating Kansas Day with a FB LIVE musical event on Sunday, January 31st at 2pm! Presented by Orin Friesen & a cavalcade of folk & cowboy collaborators, near & far referencing Kansas’ 160th anniversary as a State. The celebration will feature a special appearance through the wizardry of modern technology by Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky as well as other celebrated songsters. Sing along at home! Providing home entertainment, pianos & organs were in virtually every middle class home at the turn of the 20th century. Photo from our archives. See our event page for details.

Architect Mowry Gilbert photographed this scene of E. William in 1966. 33 years earlier, Wichita received New Deal funds...
01/25/2021

Architect Mowry Gilbert photographed this scene of E. William in 1966. 33 years earlier, Wichita received New Deal funds to convert the former Central Fire Station into a “modern police station.” Heritage Square is now on site, original City Hall is at right (now the Museum). Renovation of the York Rite Temple at William & Market, renamed Sutton Place, was completed later that year & is now on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS as a building notable for its re-interpretation from Neoclassical to New Formalist style “in order to meet the needs of an evolving commercial sector." Photo from our archives! Wichita Police Department City of Wichita- Government

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Wichita, KS
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This is an original photo of my grandmother's restaurant (June Rankin) "June's Lunch". It was located on 514 S. Topeka, next to the original #2 Wichita fire station. The restaurant was open from around 1937 to 1942. The building is long gone, just a vacant lot next to the former #2 fire station, which is now a maintenance building.
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Where was the June Frisby music school? My wife attended lessons there in the early 1950s as an accordion student.
We had a wonderful time visiting the museum during the Wreath Festival! 🎄
Does anyone have any documentation, photographs, or record of a Suburban Rest Home circa 1936, in Wichita, please?
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, have appreciated the posts continuing during Stay-At-Home Order.