Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum The local history museum for Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas!
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A world-class local history museum you will love! Four floors of exhibits celebrating Wichita and Sedgwick County in Wichita's original city hall. 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.

New York? Chicago? Wichita, 1943 - Douglas & Broadway.  With the influx of WWII defense workers in the early 1940s, Wich...
05/30/2020

New York? Chicago? Wichita, 1943 - Douglas & Broadway. With the influx of WWII defense workers in the early 1940s, Wichita’s population more than doubled & became significantly more diverse. People worked around the clock to meet wartime production demands. City businesses stayed open late or even all night to serve the shift workers.Traffic created snarls on city streets. Photo from our archives, gift of McCormick Armstrong Commercial Printer. City of Wichita- Government Downtown Wichita Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Wichita Orpheum Theatre

Canoes for rent at the Riverside Boathouse nearly a century ago! Founded near Murdock & Waco in the late 1890s, the boat...
05/29/2020

Canoes for rent at the Riverside Boathouse nearly a century ago! Founded near Murdock & Waco in the late 1890s, the boat rental business & its original small structure grew in size & commercial enterprise for more than 50 years. Photo circa 1928 from our archive. City of Wichita- Government Visit Wichita #MuseumFromHome www.wichitaphotos.org

Night view of the Big Bun (Kings X) restaurant, 4724 E Central, 1951.  The Tower Theatre at right,"Tales of Helpmann", s...
05/28/2020

Night view of the Big Bun (Kings X) restaurant, 4724 E Central, 1951. The Tower Theatre at right,"Tales of Helpmann", starring Moira Shearer. Celebrating National Hamburger Day at YOUR local history HQ! Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome #EatLocal #NationalHamburgerDay

Rare color view of 1950s  Downtown Wichita, looking east on Douglas from the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita. Photo ...
05/27/2020

Rare color view of 1950s Downtown Wichita, looking east on Douglas from the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita. Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in the heart of Wichita. Sedgwick County Government Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce #MuseumFromHome

Post WWII Downtown Wichita shoppers, buying local. Spines Clothing Store in the Central Building (now Century Plaza) at ...
05/26/2020

Post WWII Downtown Wichita shoppers, buying local. Spines Clothing Store in the Central Building (now Century Plaza) at 111 West Douglas, just west of the soon-to-open Knolla's Pizza. McCormick Armstrong Commercial Printer photo dated May 27, 1946 - from our collection in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. #MuseumFromHome #ShopLocal

Sedgwick County farmer William Marshal Kirby served in the 353rd Infantry, 89th Division in #WWI. Photo from our archive...
05/25/2020

Sedgwick County farmer William Marshal Kirby served in the 353rd Infantry, 89th Division in #WWI. Photo from our archives. #TapsAcrossAmerica #MemorialDay2020 #MuseumFromHome City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government

For the Liberty of the World - view of the Victory Arch which served as a memorial to the city’s WWI fallen heroes as we...
05/25/2020

For the Liberty of the World - view of the Victory Arch which served as a memorial to the city’s WWI fallen heroes as well as a greeting to soldiers returning to Wichita. View from 300 Block of E Douglas, looking West, Victory Arch at center. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MemorialDay #MuseumFromHome More from our friends at the Wichita Public Library & Bike Walk Wichita https://pocketsights.com/tours/place/Victory-Arch-11899

Designed by local architect & Frank Lloyd Wright student Don Buel Schuler, the Victory Arch spanned Douglas Avenue at La...
05/24/2020

Designed by local architect & Frank Lloyd Wright student Don Buel Schuler, the Victory Arch spanned Douglas Avenue at Lawrence (now Broadway) and served as a memorial to the city’s WWI fallen heroes as well as a greeting to soldiers returning to Wichita. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MemorialDay #MuseumFromHome

Downtown lights, 1940s- 500-700 block of East Douglas including the The Renfro at left. AT&SF railroad overpass  at Sant...
05/23/2020

Downtown lights, 1940s- 500-700 block of East Douglas including the The Renfro at left. AT&SF railroad overpass at Santa Fe Avenue; scooter at curb on right side. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome

It's #NationalPublicWorksWeek! Road crew repairing Douglas Ave, circa 1910. "Watch Wichita Win" sign in background. The ...
05/22/2020

It's #NationalPublicWorksWeek! Road crew repairing Douglas Ave, circa 1910. "Watch Wichita Win" sign in background. The official slogan “Watch Wichita Win” was chosen by Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1909 & printed on City of Wichita- Government city stationery & promotional brochures, as well as on flour sacks & souvenirs. Public & private sectors shared the cost of erecting a large "Watch Wichita Win" sign in 3-foot-high lighted letters across Douglas Avenue at St. Francis Street. Photo from our archives. #MuseumFromHome

Starry night at the 54 Drive-In, 1947. Load up the van & go see our friends at the Starlite Drive-In Wichita this weeken...
05/21/2020

Starry night at the 54 Drive-In, 1947. Load up the van & go see our friends at the Starlite Drive-In Wichita this weekend! Former City of Wichita- Government Mayor O.F. Sullivan opened the 54 Drive In at 6251 E Kellogg in 1947 and operated a number of theaters in Wichita. Visit Wichita #MuseumFromHome #VanGogh #StaySafe

Barber shops are now open. Cabinet card view of an unidentified man sporting “full burnsides” at Baldwin Studio, 1880s. ...
05/20/2020

Barber shops are now open. Cabinet card view of an unidentified man sporting “full burnsides” at Baldwin Studio, 1880s. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita! #MuseumFromHome #GiveABigTip

Social distancing, 1956. Corner of Broadway & William in Downtown Wichita with Henry's, Fairland Cafe, HFC Household Fin...
05/19/2020

Social distancing, 1956. Corner of Broadway & William in Downtown Wichita with Henry's, Fairland Cafe, HFC Household Finance Loans, and partial view of the Union National Bank building (site of the Dockum sit-in, 1958), now the Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. #MuseumFromHome

Art-deco influenced Goodrich-Silvertown service station and ax-destroyed tires, 159 North St. Francis Avenue, 1931. Alli...
05/18/2020

Art-deco influenced Goodrich-Silvertown service station and ax-destroyed tires, 159 North St. Francis Avenue, 1931. Allis Hotel & Eaton Place in view. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome

Cheers! Viewed as wholesome alternatives to saloons (which operated despite State Prohibition), soda fountains flourishe...
05/17/2020

Cheers! Viewed as wholesome alternatives to saloons (which operated despite State Prohibition), soda fountains flourished in Sedgwick County back in the day. The Royal Bakery operated a soda fountain in their shop at 416 East Douglas Avenue, circa 1905. Photo from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome

Little Joker brand available here. German immigrant Albert Hess arrived in Wichita in 1872 & opened A. Hess Groceries & ...
05/16/2020

Little Joker brand available here. German immigrant Albert Hess arrived in Wichita in 1872 & opened A. Hess Groceries & Queensware at Market Street and Douglas Avenue in 1879. Photo from our archives in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome

Steer clear of controversy - maintain social distancing while driving. 1946 view of East Douglas, The Spice Merchant - W...
05/15/2020

Steer clear of controversy - maintain social distancing while driving. 1946 view of East Douglas, The Spice Merchant - Wichita’s Original Gourmet Coffee Roaster in the Mentholatum Building at right in Downtown Wichita. Photo from our archive in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. #BuyLocal Visit Wichita #MuseumFromHome

A new way of living for 1946! Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion Dwelling Machine produced by Beechcraft & designed to use the ...
05/14/2020

A new way of living for 1946! Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion Dwelling Machine produced by Beechcraft & designed to use the surplus aluminum & under-employed workers in Wichita’s airplane factories at war’s end. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. In 1991 the Graham family donated it to the The Henry Ford. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/henry-ford-museum/exhibits/dymaxion-house/

Strike a chord! Everyone loves an accordion player. The June Frisby College of Music & Arts Accordion Band. The group jo...
05/13/2020

Strike a chord! Everyone loves an accordion player. The June Frisby College of Music & Arts Accordion Band. The group joined the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Booster Program in 1939. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome

Everyone loves a banjo player. Over her 40 year career, June Frisby, center, taught thousands of students guitar, accord...
05/12/2020

Everyone loves a banjo player. Over her 40 year career, June Frisby, center, taught thousands of students guitar, accordion, piano, organ, and banjo at her Academy of Music in Downtown Wichita. Photo from our archives dates to circa 1925. City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government #MuseumFromHome

Celebrating Mother's Day! Wichita woman with children in stage coach, Kiddieland, 3833 E Harry (now area of Wichita Mall...
05/10/2020

Celebrating Mother's Day! Wichita woman with children in stage coach, Kiddieland, 3833 E Harry (now area of Wichita Mall) 1950s. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita! Visit Wichita #MuseumFromHome

Thank you, grocery store employees! A very crowded Safeway store in the  Planeview community, 1943. Photo from our archi...
05/09/2020

Thank you, grocery store employees! A very crowded Safeway store in the Planeview community, 1943. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #MuseumFromHome More about WWII housing in Wichita here:https://www.kshs.org/publicat/history/2000winter_courtwright.pdf

Floods & canoes were not unusual in Downtown Wichita before the  completion of the "Big Ditch" project in 1959. View in ...
05/08/2020

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! #MuseumFromHome

Fill up with Phillips! Phillips Petroleum Company service station at 304 South Water Street in Downtown Wichita. The For...
05/07/2020

Fill up with Phillips! Phillips Petroleum Company service station at 304 South Water Street in Downtown Wichita. The Forum, a venue for community events, is in the background. Photo from our archive in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall and www.wichitaphotos.org. #MuseumFromHome

Downtown Wichita skyscrapers as photographed by Edgar B Smith in the 1930s.
05/06/2020

Downtown Wichita skyscrapers as photographed by Edgar B Smith in the 1930s.

Thank you, teachers! Wichita Public Schools Park School teacher  Leida Mills & students, ca 1890. Mills was later the pr...
05/06/2020

Thank you, teachers! Wichita Public Schools Park School teacher Leida Mills & students, ca 1890. Mills was later the president of the Wichita City Teachers Association, leading the campaign to establish a pension fund for teachers. Photo from our archives. #TeacherAppreciationWeek #MuseumFromHome City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government

The Museum is very grateful for ongoing community support! Housed in original City of Wichita- Government City Hall, the...
05/05/2020

The Museum is very grateful for ongoing community support! Housed in original City of Wichita- Government City Hall, the structure was remodeled many times during its 84 years as a city office building, and by the time city government moved out in 1976, there was virtually no trace left of the original interior features. The City turned over the lease to the Museum, which immediately began an extensive renovation project, both inside and out. View of the building, 1976 with long-time City Historian Bill Ellington, Museum Director Robert A. Puckett, and architect Wendell Parks. #GivingTuesday #MuseumFromHome Sedgwick County Government https://www.wichitahistory.org/?page_id=67

We are celebrating #HairstylistAppreciationDay with a photo of a lonely beautician, Hotel Lassen, 1936, from our archive...
04/30/2020

We are celebrating #HairstylistAppreciationDay with a photo of a lonely beautician, Hotel Lassen, 1936, from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall, Downtown Wichita. Sedgwick County Government #MuseumFromHome #StayHome #StaySafe www.wichitaphotos.org

Making the sausage at Cudahy Packing Company, ca. 1915. Agriculture was one of the keys to prosperity in early 20th cent...
04/30/2020

Making the sausage at Cudahy Packing Company, ca. 1915. Agriculture was one of the keys to prosperity in early 20th century Sedgwick County. Growing conditions were good for farmers, & many of the most important local industries relied on their crops and livestock. Meat packing became the most valuable segment of the economy, followed closely by flour and feed milling. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! #MuseumFromHome #BuyLocal

Support live performance! Gage Brewer's Orchestra & dance performers at the original Shadowland Dance Club, 2800 S Broad...
04/29/2020

Support live performance! Gage Brewer's Orchestra & dance performers at the original Shadowland Dance Club, 2800 S Broadway, 1935. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #SaveOurStages #MuseumFromHome Visit Wichita

Bathing beauties nearly a century ago, when woolen swimming suits & bobbed hair were de rigueur. Bathing Beauty Contest ...
04/28/2020

Bathing beauties nearly a century ago, when woolen swimming suits & bobbed hair were de rigueur. Bathing Beauty Contest sponsored by Wichita Eagle circa 1925. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government City Hall in Downtown Wichita. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org #MuseumFromHome

"The World Moves - So Do We" was the slogan of the City Transfer & Storage Company, 143 N. Market, about 1916. Photo fro...
04/27/2020

"The World Moves - So Do We" was the slogan of the City Transfer & Storage Company, 143 N. Market, about 1916. Photo from our archives in the Original City of Wichita- Government. Sedgwick County Government @Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce #BuyLocal #MuseumFromHome

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Wichita, KS
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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, have appreciated the posts continuing during Stay-At-Home Order.
There has been some recent discussion in a few history groups about the Boy and the Boot statue, that was in Riverside Park from 1899, until the 1920s. An article in the local newspaper states that it was severely damaged by vandals, and a car. In 1931, it was shown at the Wichita Garden Club Flower Show. After that? Hard to say. However, I have found two different comments, like this one, that state that it was once in the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museuem. True? :) Boy With a Boot There is a historical museum in what once was the City Hall. The museum features a lot of neat stuff, such as one of a series of old automobiles once built in Wichita, called "The Jones Six." It sort of resembles an old Model "T." Also, there is a "Boy With a Boot" statue/fountain inside the museum, which once stood in Wichita's Riverside Park. [Don Fraysier, 02/24/1999]
There was an unsolved murder case in Sedgwick County involving cousins of ours in the 1980s. Where would I go to find out if there were any updates?
My 2nd great uncle, Silas A. Welsh was a well known businessman in Wichita. He owned and operated the Pfister Cigar and Billard's, located at 201 Douglas Street. In the film at 3:42 and again at 4:33, there is 3 story building that is in view on the lefthand side of the street that has the letters....ARDS painted near the top of the building. This building also appears to be a "corner" building which might coincide with the address of 201 Douglas. Just wondering if anyone had additional information on the building or businesses in the area at that time.
We visited recently for the first time - LOVED it and can't wait to go back.
Thanks WSCHM! That was an interesting presentation on photographers of early Wichita. I enjoyed seeing the old photos, and listening to the short bios of each of the three photographers. The Curator puts on a fun show. :)
Don't forget, our walking tour is this coming weekend on Saturday, October 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday October 15th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.! The houses on this year's walking tour are 1065 North Waco, 1230 North Waco, 1235 North Waco and 1115 North Lewellen. Tickets will be sold during the times of the tour at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, at 925 North Waco. The tickets are $13 per person, and kids 12 and under get in free when they are accompanied by an adult. Parking will also be available at 925 North Waco. Any questions or comments? Please call or email Lucinda Karber at: 316-882-1081 or [email protected].
Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy. Great show.
We're excited to say that our walking tour poster is now available!
Just curious if you will be having the Torchlight Tour this year? If so, what date(s)/time(s)?
HELP WANTED! People to work just a few hours a day in early 1900s clothing and share the history about historic homes to tourgoers. Requirements: Must be able to work for free, have fun, enjoy history and love old homes. Your bonus? You get to see four historic homes in Historic Midtown in Wichita, Kansas for FREE!! Please comment below or send us a PM or Lucinda Karber (Chairperson of the Tour) a PM.