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.

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Henry's Princeton Shop at 110 S Broadway was a destination for the sharped dress man. Originally within Henry's Downtown...
09/23/2020

Henry's Princeton Shop at 110 S Broadway was a destination for the sharped dress man. Originally within Henry's Downtown store at 120 S Broadway, the Princeton Shop relocated in 1968 to this 110 S Broadway location. Celebrating 150 years of history with photos from our archives! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita Downtown Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums #ShopLocal More at www.wichitaphotos.org

A crowd gathered for the opening of Dockum Drug Store  No. 8 (1400 N Waco) in 1929. Davis Liquor Outlet now occupies the...
09/22/2020

A crowd gathered for the opening of Dockum Drug Store No. 8 (1400 N Waco) in 1929. Davis Liquor Outlet now occupies the site. Celebrating 150 years of local history! Photo from our archives - more at www.wichitaphotos.org City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums #ShopLocal

Fall-fashion ready at Henry's Towne West, 1981, photo from our archive. Celebrating 150 years of local history, fads & f...
09/21/2020

Fall-fashion ready at Henry's Towne West, 1981, photo from our archive. Celebrating 150 years of local history, fads & fashions from the historic City of Wichita- Government original City Hall in Downtown Wichita. #SupportLocalMuseums #ShoulderPads #MembersOnly #1980s

Downtown living! View of Downtown Wichita, 1960, construction of the modern Colorado Derby Building, 1st & Water, now Co...
09/18/2020

Downtown living! View of Downtown Wichita, 1960, construction of the modern Colorado Derby Building, 1st & Water, now Colorado Derby Lofts. Photo from our archives, more at www.wichitaphotos.org. Celebrating 150 years! Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseum City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government

Downtown Wichita skyscrapers, 1940s at Douglas & Main with 1st National Bank (now INTRUST Bank) and Schweiter Building. ...
09/16/2020

Downtown Wichita skyscrapers, 1940s at Douglas & Main with 1st National Bank (now INTRUST Bank) and Schweiter Building. Celebrating 150 years of local history in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Photo from our archives. Open today 11am-4pm - more at www.wichitahistory.org

Downtown Wichita in living color, circa 1950. S Broadway looking N, includes Broadway Autopark aka Knightley Parking Gar...
09/14/2020

Downtown Wichita in living color, circa 1950. S Broadway looking N, includes Broadway Autopark aka Knightley Parking Garage, Petroleum Building, Hotel Skaer, Allis Hotel, OTASCO, & Union Bus Depot. Postcard from our archive in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Celebrating 150 years of local history! Visit www.wichitahistory.org

A blustery scene of Downtown Wichita, 1948. Photo from our archives, view of Douglas looking north on Market, including ...
09/09/2020

A blustery scene of Downtown Wichita, 1948. Photo from our archives, view of Douglas looking north on Market, including view of Wormser Hats at 128 E. Douglas in Bitting Block, and the Hotel Lassen. Celebrating 150 years of history! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums #BundleUp Hatman Jack's

Oops - we goofed and posted a pic of KC's Union Station interior! Here is an exterior view of Wichita's Union Station fr...
09/08/2020

Oops - we goofed and posted a pic of KC's Union Station interior! Here is an exterior view of Wichita's Union Station from our archives. Celebrating our local history! #SupportLocalMuseums

A preservation success story! The “Palace of the Plains” was Wichita’s pride & joy when completed in 1892 as the City of...
09/04/2020

A preservation success story! The “Palace of the Plains” was Wichita’s pride & joy when completed in 1892 as the City of Wichita- Government original City Hall. Not all were fans - in 1928 the newspaper reported one saying, “The structure is regarded as a ‘palace of evil smells.’ Rats scamper through the structure. The loft is the abode of pigeons and bats." Celebrating 150 years of local history! Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums

Designed by lauded architects Proudfoot & Bird, the elegant Palace Block (1887) office building on the NE corner of W. D...
09/03/2020

Designed by lauded architects Proudfoot & Bird, the elegant Palace Block (1887) office building on the NE corner of W. Douglas & Seneca had fallen into disrepair by 1961, when this photo was taken. The building of pressed brick, limestone & granite was demolished in 1972. Celebrating 150 years of local history with photos from our archives! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government #SupportLocalMuseums

A street view from Main & William a half century ago. City of Wichita- Government City Hall & Wichita Police Department ...
09/02/2020

A street view from Main & William a half century ago. City of Wichita- Government City Hall & Wichita Police Department at very far right, Macy's Parking Garage, Sutton Place & Craig's Coney Island, now site of High Touch Technologies. Celebrating 150 years of local history with photos from our archives. #SupportLocalMuseums Visit Wichita Downtown Wichita

WWII-era automobile crash in front of Revo's Master Cleaners,1422 E Douglas, offering curb service! Photo from our archi...
09/01/2020

WWII-era automobile crash in front of Revo's Master Cleaners,1422 E Douglas, offering curb service! Photo from our archives. Celebrating 150 years of local history! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government #SupportLocalMuseums #DriveSafely

King Mar arrived in the United States from China in 1914 & managed the popular Pan-American Cafe from 1927 until the res...
08/27/2020

King Mar arrived in the United States from China in 1914 & managed the popular Pan-American Cafe from 1927 until the restaurant closed in 1969. Mar, front, was photographed on the 200 block of E. Douglas in the 1940s. Celebrating 150 years of local history! Photo from our archives, more at www.wichitaphotos.org City of Wichita- Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums #EatLocal

A century ago, women won their right to vote. The U.S. became the 27th country in which women could vote; their right co...
08/26/2020

A century ago, women won their right to vote. The U.S. became the 27th country in which women could vote; their right could not be infringed "on account of sex," though women of color had no such guarantee until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This photo from our collection shows two voters casting their ballots in Derby, KS, 1972. Celebrating 150 years of local history! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government #SupportLocalMuseums #VOTE2020

Roamin' holiday, 1950s style. Innes display window with Jaguar, photo from our archives. Founded in 1897 as George Innes...
08/25/2020

Roamin' holiday, 1950s style. Innes display window with Jaguar, photo from our archives. Founded in 1897 as George Innes Dry Goods Co, by 1948 Innes’ was considered one of the most elegant department stores in the Southwest,known for “fine fashions for the discriminating,” carrying dresses, gowns, furs, suits & coats from the “brightest names in the fashion world.” Celebrating 150 years of local history - open today 11am-4pm! City of Wichita- Government #SupportLocalMuseums #Staycation Visit Wichita

From this Dockum Drug location at 400 E Douglas a century ago, Miss Bettie Mae Hall & her aunt, Mrs. Lulu Hill operated ...
08/21/2020

From this Dockum Drug location at 400 E Douglas a century ago, Miss Bettie Mae Hall & her aunt, Mrs. Lulu Hill operated a very successful a beauty parlor. Betty Mae Hall was a graduate of Tuskegee Institute. Photo from our archives! Celebrating 150 years of local history! #SupportLocalMuseums City of Wichita- Government TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum

Celebrating National Radio Day! Wichita's own Gage Brewer's Versatile Radio Orchestra, 900 block S. Topeka, circa 1938. ...
08/20/2020

Celebrating National Radio Day! Wichita's own Gage Brewer's Versatile Radio Orchestra, 900 block S. Topeka, circa 1938. Photo from our archives. Celebrating 150 years of local history at YOUR local history HQ! Tune into more at www.wichitahistory.org #SupportLocalMuseums City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government

Historic preservation success story! The 1915 Carnegie Library building at 220 South Main was home to the Wichita Omnisp...
08/18/2020

Historic preservation success story! The 1915 Carnegie Library building at 220 South Main was home to the Wichita Omnisphere & Science Center from 1976 until 2001. Vacant for five years, this important landmark underwent extensive renovations and was restored to its original integrity after it was purchased by Fidelity Bank in 2006. Photo from our archives. Celebrating 150 of local history at YOUR local history HQ in Downtown Wichita City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #LaserLightShows #SupportLocalMuseums

In 1920 a number of prominent men & women created the Wichita Art Association to promote the arts & build a public art c...
08/17/2020

In 1920 a number of prominent men & women created the Wichita Art Association to promote the arts & build a public art collection. The group created exhibitions, offered prizes and scholarships to public school art students, sponsored lectures by visiting artists, developed art classes, established a summer art camp, & advocated for public art. A meeting to complete the organization was held at the Hotel Lassen, seen here in 1935 at 153 N. Market. Celebrating 150 years of local history at YOUR local history HQ! City of Wichita- Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums Photo from our archives.

The latest styles! New 1960-model cars on display on East Douglas Avenue. Businesses in view include, S. G. Holmes & Son...
08/14/2020

The latest styles! New 1960-model cars on display on East Douglas Avenue. Businesses in view include, S. G. Holmes & Sons, Woods Jewelers, Lerners, Thurstons, Harts Cut Rate Drugs, Florsheim Shoes, & Woolf Brothers.Celebrating 150 years of local history at YOUR local history HQ! Photo from our archives. City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

Rush hour traffic in the heart of the city, 1952. Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection in the Union National B...
08/13/2020

Rush hour traffic in the heart of the city, 1952. Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection in the Union National Bank building at left, site of the historic Dockum civil rights sit-in of 1958. Photo from our collection in the historic City of Wichita- Government City Hall. Celebrating 150 years of local history! #SupportLocalMuseums

1970s view of vibrant downtown Wichita, south on Market Street from Douglas Avenue. Celebrating 150 years of local histo...
08/12/2020

1970s view of vibrant downtown Wichita, south on Market Street from Douglas Avenue. Celebrating 150 years of local history at YOUR local history HQ! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita Downtown Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

Wichita's North End community on both sides of 21st Street between Broadway and Waco was a vibrant center of Latino life...
08/11/2020

Wichita's North End community on both sides of 21st Street between Broadway and Waco was a vibrant center of Latino life. Although the Nomar Theater, opened in 1929 just south of 21st Street, was built in the center of the Hispanic community, Latinos and African Americans were required to use a side door and sit in segregated balcony seats. Photo from our archives. Celebrating 150 years of history at YOUR local history HQ! More about the Nomar here: http://www.horizontes-project.com/port/nomar/

Hillcrest Homes, completed in 1927 as the first cooperative apartment house west of the Mississippi, offered luxury unit...
08/07/2020

Hillcrest Homes, completed in 1927 as the first cooperative apartment house west of the Mississippi, offered luxury units just at the edge of College Hill on East Douglas, seen in this late 1950s view of Douglas & Hillside at the upper right. Photo from our archives in the original City of Wichita- Government City Hall! Celebrating 150 years of local history! Open today 11am-4pm #SupportLocalMuseums

I spy the The Renfro. Looking west from the 600 block of East Douglas, 1955. The fire escape of the Salvation Army Men’s...
08/06/2020

I spy the The Renfro. Looking west from the 600 block of East Douglas, 1955. The fire escape of the Salvation Army Men’s Social Service Department building is visible at far left, and the Victory Theater marquee, east of the Eaton Hotel, is at center left. Photo from our archives. Celebrating 150 years local history! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums

National leaders Susan B. Anthony &Carrie Chapman Catt brought their crusade to City of Wichita- Government in 1894 as p...
08/04/2020

National leaders Susan B. Anthony &Carrie Chapman Catt brought their crusade to City of Wichita- Government in 1894 as part of a state-wide campaign supporting the woman's suffrage amendment. It did not pass but Kansans voted for "the amendment" on November 5, 1912, becoming the eighth state in the nation to grant women full suffrage. Objects from our collection and on view! Celebrating 150 years of local history. #SupportLocalMuseums #VOTE2020 League of Women Voters of Kansas League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro League of Women Voters of the U.S. Photo credit Larry Schwarm!

A glimpse of daily life in Wichita,1959. Motorists travel on East Douglas Avenue view looking West from Washington Avenu...
07/31/2020

A glimpse of daily life in Wichita,1959. Motorists travel on East Douglas Avenue view looking West from Washington Avenue. Celebrating 150 years of local history with photographs from our archives in Downtown Wichita! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government Visit Wichita #SupportLocalMuseums More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

In 1953, the Kansas Gas & Electric Company announced plans for a seven-story office building at First & Market Streets i...
07/29/2020

In 1953, the Kansas Gas & Electric Company announced plans for a seven-story office building at First & Market Streets in Downtown Wichita. Photo of the construction (Dondlinger Construction) of this architecturally significant National Register of Historic Places - NPS building, now The LUX, from our archives. #ChallengeAccepted #MidCenturyModern Celebrating 150 years of local history! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

An aerial view of Downtown Wichita 70 years ago. Built in 1949, the Knightley Parking Garage (Broadway Autopark) at far ...
07/29/2020

An aerial view of Downtown Wichita 70 years ago. Built in 1949, the Knightley Parking Garage (Broadway Autopark) at far lower right featured twin spiral towers & porthole windows. The garage offered an air-conditioned waiting room, restrooms & parcel storage where customers could have their packages delivered while shopping downtown. Celebrating 150 years of local history! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

Although there were some preservation failures during the last several decades of the 20th century, there was a notable ...
07/28/2020

Although there were some preservation failures during the last several decades of the 20th century, there was a notable success in the development of the Old Town District, the conversion of formerly derelict brick & stone warehouses into a collection of trendy restaurants, shops, hotels, and other attractions. When the Pasta Mill opened in early 1988 at the corner of Douglas & Rock Island, downtown dining in Wichita was described by a Wichita Eagle critic as a "wasteland." The "pioneering eatery" closed in 1994. Photo from our archive. Celebrating 150 years of local history! City of Wichita- Government Downtown, Wichita Visit Wichita Dining With Denise #RecentHistory #EatLocal

Downtown skyscrapers, about 1966. Bitting Building at Douglas & Market and surrounding area. Photo from our archives. Ce...
07/24/2020

Downtown skyscrapers, about 1966. Bitting Building at Douglas & Market and surrounding area. Photo from our archives. Celebrating one hundred and fifty years of history at YOUR local history HQ! Photo by Azim Studios, 422 S. Oliver. Dick Azim born in Wichita in 1922 and was a well-known photographer in Wichita area for more than 60 years. City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

Just down the street from the Museum - English & Main Streets, includes view of the Allis Hotel (Hotel Allis sign visibl...
07/23/2020

Just down the street from the Museum - English & Main Streets, includes view of the Allis Hotel (Hotel Allis sign visible on top of building),1959. Parking lot on site of old Hamilton (Metropole) Hotel - demolished 1959, now the site of Fidelity Bank. Photo from our archives. Celebrating all 150 years of our history! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

A neglected area of East Douglas, 1971, including a view of the notorious Vogue Art Theater, 417 E Douglas, at far right...
07/22/2020

A neglected area of East Douglas, 1971, including a view of the notorious Vogue Art Theater, 417 E Douglas, at far right. The adult movie theater closed its doors in 1977 after vice detectives seized "obscene" material. Watkins Sundries & Club Bar, left, now the site of Naftzger Park. Celebrating 150 years of history at YOUR local history HQ! City of Wichita- Government More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org

Happy Birthday, Wichita! The Southern Hotel dominated the east side of North Main Street in 1871. Other businesses inclu...
07/21/2020

Happy Birthday, Wichita! The Southern Hotel dominated the east side of North Main Street in 1871. Other businesses include a restaurant and cigar store, Schnattner & Short Liquors, and a tin shop. Photo from our archives. Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of City of Wichita- Government in Downtown Wichita Visit Wichita #ICT150

Happy Birthday, Wichita! The petition for Wichita’s incorporation was presented to Judge Reuben Riggs on July 21, 1870 w...
07/21/2020

Happy Birthday, Wichita! The petition for Wichita’s incorporation was presented to Judge Reuben Riggs on July 21, 1870 with 124 signatures. Richard Robinson, who lived in Wichita with his wife Sara & their two sons, was the only African American to sign the document, & business owner Catherine McCarty was the only woman whose signature appears. Photographic artist Henry S. Schuster memorialized one of the earliest views of Wichita, now the area of Main & Douglas, in June of 1870. Photo from our archives. #ICT150 City of Wichita- Government Visit Wichita

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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, have appreciated the posts continuing during Stay-At-Home Order.
Although everyone loves a good #book signing..., if you send $50 to Roger Ringer, 1374 NE Goldenrod, Medicine Lodge, KS. 67104 you'll have made an #author and yourself quite happy with these historical and educational gems about #Kansas. 🌻
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)?