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. 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.
A day for lovers... book lovers! Wichita's Book Lovers' Club, 1954. Founded in 1924, the group of African American women* promoted literature & brought speakers including Langston Hughes & Paul Robeson to Wichita. Photo from our #archives. Celebrating #sesquicentennial of City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government & #blackhistorymonth in Downtown Wichita! *see comment
Happy #Galentines Day! A pair of charming Victorian women pose for Wichita photographer Nereus Baldwin, circa 1875. Their identity is unknown but they are surely women of 'refinement & taste.' Celebrating #sesquicentennial City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020. Carte-de-visite from our #archives. More at www.wichitaphotos.org
It's snowing! Are you prepared? Wilbert and Elizabeth Tatman in their grocery store located at 1358 North Waco, circa 1910. Celebrating our #sesquicentennial Sedgwick County Government & City of Wichita- Government 1870-2020. Photo from our #archives and www.wichitaphotos.org
Viva! Innes 1961 Festival of Italy featured Italian designs, introduced many Wichitans to espresso, & included fashion shows to benefit the Wichita Art Museum. Later events highlighted France, the Far East, & Scandinavia. Celebrating our #Sesquicentennial City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020! Photo from our #archives.
Park School students,1890, from our archives. Black & white students in Wichita attended classes together during the 19th century. In 1906, despite a Kansas law & two state supreme court rulings forbidding Wichita from establishing separate schools, the school board designated an area of Park School for black children only. Celebrating #Sesquicentennial of City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020 & #blackhistorymonth
Groceries, queensware, and Little Joker tobacco. View of Hess Groceries & Queensware, SW corner Market & Douglas, circa 1880. Albert Hess, a Jewish German immigrant, arrived in Wichita in 1872 and was a founding member of the first Hebrew Congregation.Celebrating City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020 #Sesquicentennial! Photo from our archives. We're open today 1-5pm in Downtown Wichita.
She blinded me with science! Lewis Academy science lab, circa 1900, 340 N Market, now the site of the The Salvation Army - Wichita/Sedgwick County in Downtown Wichita. Celebrating the Sesquicentennial City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020 at YOUR local history HQ! Photo from our archives. Open today 1-5pm!
The hard to find volumes available in the Museum's Gift Shop!
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Laundry day? Domestic Laundry interior at 1425 E Douglas, about 1915. Celebrating the every day & drudgery at YOUR local history HQ - Sesquicentennial year 1870-2020 with the City of Wichita- Government and Sedgwick County Government! Photo from our archives - more at www.wichitaphotos.org #history #museum
In July 1958, The Wichita Branch NAACP Youth Council organized the Dockum Sit-in, now recognized as the FIRST successful sit-in of the civil rights movement. Dockum Drug in UNB (now Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection) at Douglas & Broadway, ca. 1955. Celebrating #blackhistorymonth & the #Sesquicentennial of City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020 at YOUR local history HQ! Photo from our archives.
The din of Downtown Wichita, circa 1930. View of E Douglas from Emporia, including the State Theater at far left (now Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge) with the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita in the distance. Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1870-2020 with the City of Wichita- Government and Sedgwick County Government at YOUR local history HQ! More amazing photos at www.wichitaphotos.org
Victorian beauty! This unidentified young woman of 'refinement & taste' was photographed in 1892 by H.C. Zetzsche of the Home Gallery, 330 N. Main. Photo from our archives. Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020! #blackhistory #localhistory #150years
A view from Kansas Leadership Center site in Downtown Wichita a century ago - Topeka looking South from Douglas, including Schnoor Cigar Co., Palace of Sweets, Bisquit Inn, Colvin Chiropractic College, Goldsmith's, Liberty Theater, & Derby gas station. Photo from our archives. Celebrating our Sesquicentennial! 1870-2020, City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history HQ!
TGIF! Enjoy barbecue & beer, music & dancing at the Grapevine Inn, 840 N West Street. Photo dates to 1938, from our archives. Celebrating the #Sesquicentennial! City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government 1870-2020 at YOUR local history HQ! Open today 11am-4pm.
A view from a century ago - N. Broadway including First Baptist (now City Life Church), Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Wichita, Kansas) and the Sedgwick County Government historic court house in Downtown Wichita. Celebrating our #sesquicentennial year! #history #museum
Happy Kansas Day! Wichitan's gathered to celebrate the Kansas Diamond Jubilee in 1936. A banner to welcome President Franklin Roosevelt is stretched across the street in front of the MoPac depot & the Motor Equipment Co., looking west on Douglas to the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita in Downtown Wichita, (Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce now on the site) More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org #kansasday #museum #history
Lee Ong photographed the Old Settler's Banquet at Eagle Hall in 1885, and the Wichita Eagle reported “The hall was artistically decorated with bunting, banners & festoons of evergreens. Upon a table was a fine roasted pig decorated like a bridal cake & surmounted by an arch of corn stalks." Photo from our archives - more photos from our past at www.wichitaphotos.org
Celebrating our #Sesquicentennial Year! Lee Ong photographed the Old Settler's Banquet at Eagle Hall in 1885, and the Wichita Eagle reported “The hall was artistically decorated with bunting, banners & festoons of evergreens. Upon a table was a fine roasted pig decorated like a bridal cake & surmounted by an arch of corn stalks." Photo from our archives - more photos from our past at www.wichitaphotos.org
Today, 2pm! Celebrate 159 years of The State of Kansas with a musical jamboree featuring a cavalcade of local musicians including The Crowsons, The Home Rangers featuring Orin Friesen and the Prairie Rose Rangers. This event free and open to the public. Photo of Gage Brewer & his Entertainers at the Mambo Club, Wichita, circa 1950, from our archives. Celebrating the City of Wichita- Government and Sedgwick County Government Sesquicentennial! Open today 1-5pm.
Mis-identified for decades as Wichita's first post office, this City of Valley Center, Kansas - Municipal Government photo shows Davis & Carnahan New Drug House and the W.J. Mckey Hardware store, 1885. Thank you, Newspapers.com. Celebrating the Sedgwick County Government Sesquicentennial at YOUR local history HQ! Photo from our archives. Open today 1-5pm.
A rare interior view of the City Building council chamber, used by the American Red Cross in 1917 as a #WWI knitting headquarters. Celebrating our Sesquicentennial (150 years!)with the City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history museum! Photo from our archives - more at www.wichitaphotos.org
Buy local! Farm-fresh food from C.I. Fuller grocery store at 202 E Douglas, circa 1900. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org Celebrating the City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government Sesquicentennial at YOUR local history HQ every day! #150years #history #museum
Bundle up, buttercup! Victorian beauties Ella Fuller Ross & friend posed for Wichita photographer Lee Ong circa 1880. Tintype from our archives. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org. Celebrating City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government Sesquicentennial at YOUR local history HQ! #150years #history #museum
Ultra modern! In 1953, the Kansas Gas & Electric Company announced plans for the construction of a seven-story office building on the site of their former offices at First & Market in Downtown Wichita, now The LUX. Celebrating our #sesquicentennial year every day at YOUR local history HQ. City of Wichita- Government Sedgwick County Government
On this day in 1965, a KC-135 jet took off from McConnell Air Force Base & crashed into a neighborhood near Piatt & 21st Street. Tragically, 30 people lost their lives and many more were injured. A black granite monument was dedicated in 2007 with names of the victims at Piatt Memorial Park.
A string of cafes at the SE corner of Douglas at Topeka in the Richland Block & Brosius Building, 1930. Site cleared 1931 for the Montgomery Ward building, now occupied by the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. Celebrating 150 years with the City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history museum! Photo from our archives - more at www.wichitahistory.org
A keen 1946 view of East Douglas Ave! A. A. Hyde Mentholatum Building (now The Spice Merchant - Wichita’s Original Gourmet Coffee Roaster) and Keen Kutter (now Hotel At Old Town) are just two of many distinctive structures visible. Celebrating 150 years with the City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history museum! Photo from our archives - more at www.wichitahistory.org
Downtown Wichita skyscrapers as photographed by Edgar B Smith in the 1930s.
Well, hello there. Patricia Stevens model Delores waves from the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in 1961(now Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport) wearing a suit from Henry's. Celebrating 150 years with the City of Wichita- Government and Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history museum! Photo from our archives. #flyict #heyy #wichita2020 #sesquicentennial More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org
Icy roads - slow down or the Wichita Police Department may be called! 1931 photograph from our archive. Celebrating 150 years with the City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history museum! Open today 1-5pm in Downtown Wichita. #wichita2020 #sesquicentennial More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org
It's our Sesquicentennial! A century-old view of the Baltimore Hotel at 300 N. Main in Downtown Wichita. Built in 1873 as the Occidental Hotel, it's the oldest brick building in Wichita! Celebrating 150 years with the City of Wichita- Government and Sedgwick County Government every day at YOUR local history HQ! #sesquicentennial #wichita2020
Celebrating the Sesquicentennial*! View of the Brown Building (now Broadway Plaza) at SW corner of Douglas & Broadway, 1936 in Downtown Wichita. See actual 1930s artifacts at YOUR local history HQ - Tues-Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 1-5. Photo from our archives - see more at www.wichitaphotos.org. *150 years with the City of Wichita- Government & Sedgwick County Government
Celebrating our #Sesquicentennial! Delighted to welcome KAKE-TV and City of Wichita- Government Mayor-elect Brandon Whipple to our 1892 Mayor's Office! Tune into KAKE for interviews with the Mayor-elect at www.kake.com. See the Mayor's Office for yourself - open Tues-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat-Sun 1-5. #wichita2020 #wichita150 #sedgwickcounty150 #watchwichitawin
The hustle and *bustle in front of Bitting Bros, 126-128 East Douglas in Downtown Wichita, 1887. Photo from our archives. Celebrating our 150th year - City of Wichita- Government and Sedgwick County Government! #wichitasesquicentennial #wichita2020 #wichita150 *A bustle is a padded undergarment used to add fullness, or support the drapery, at the back of women's dresses in the mid-to-late 19th century.
City of Wichita- Government Back in the pioneer days... Wichita in the 1870s, view of the Wichita Marble Works on North Main, Downtown Wichita. Celebrating our Sesquicentennial Year! Photo from our archive. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org #wichita150 #wichita2020 #wichitahistory
This museum open today! A newly re-imposed ban on Sunday movies didn't stop the Kansas Theatre at 221 E. Douglas in Downtown Wichita from showing "Many a Slip" in July of 1931. Learn more about 'blue laws' at YOUR local history HQ! Open Tues-Friday 11am-4pm; Sat-Sun 1-5.
Gold lame slippers are perfect for exercising in one's rumpus room! The Exer-matic was developed & manufactured in Wichita in 1961, advertised as "the modern way to exercise for the busy person!" We are open today 11-4! Image from our archives - more photos at www.wichitaphotos.org #newyearnewyou #midcenturymodern #madeinwichita #rumpusroom
Happy New Year, mid-century modern style! We are CLOSED today 1/1/2020 but will reopen tomorrow 1/2/2020. Innes window photo from our collection. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org
Last call for 2019! Despite our pleas to the management, we are open today from 11am-4pm! View of bars & tap rooms along East Douglas from Emporia, 1955, from our archives. We will be closed tomorrow, 1/1/2020. Happy New Year! More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org
Weekly rates & steam heat! WWII era view from our collection of East Douglas looking west - Victory Theater (now the site of Naftzger Park) & Eaton Hotel at left, The Renfro at right, Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita in the distance. We are open regular hours tomorrow 12/31 and CLOSED on 1/1/2020! More great photos at www.wichitaphotos.org.
Photo of 200 block of East Douglas looking west, 1953, by Charles Rollins, from our collection. Lewin's at 223 East Douglas and view of Hinkel's sign at 101-109 E. Douglas in the distance Other stores include Town and Country Shoes at 225; Nancy's clothing at 221; Helzberg's jewelry at 218; Baker's Shoes at 217 and Woolworth's at 205 East Douglas.
Come downtown! Vibrant view of Broadway & William in 1956 Downtown Wichita with Henry's, Fairland Cafe, HFC Household Finance Loans, and partial view of the Union National Bank building, now the Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection. Photo from our collection. We're open today 11am-4pm. #historymatters #museumsmatter
We are far from the madding crowd! Open today 11am-4pm with four spacious floors festively festooned for the holidays. Centrally located in Downtown Wichita, as was the Pan American Cafe owned by Chinese immigrants at 150 N Market, seen in this WWII era photograph. More photos at www.wichitaphotos.org
Season's Greetings! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! The Museum is CLOSED today 12/24 and tomorrow 12/25. Exterior view of Innes, late 1930s. Happy Holidays from YOUR local history HQ! Open regular hours Thursday, 12/26 through Sunday 12/29. #historymatters #museumsmatter
Company coming for the holidays? Be ready to receive guests, 1950-style. Innes store window image from our collection. Bring your guests to the Museum in Downtown Wichita, open regular hours through Sunday, December 22nd. #happyholidays #downtown #museumsmatter #historymatters
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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.
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS
Historic Midtown Citizens Association is having our annual Walking Tour of Homes on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, 2017 in the Waco Avenue & Lewellen Avenue neighborhood, featuring both the Chapman-Noble House as well as the Sternberg House.
Historic homes and properties are open to the public with guides sharing history and architecture of the buildings.
We are in need of volunteers to be house docents. Each docent works a 2 or 3 hour shift where they are positioned inside one of the buildings. A few sentences of historic information will be given to the volunteer to share with tourgoers as they walk through the home. The volunteer stays in the same room, and just guides people through to the next area where another volunteer will share information.
Volunteers are asked to wear clothing from the 19th or early 20th century, OR white shirt/blouse and black pants/skirt. These items are available at most thrift shops or at “Kay’s This N That” (“Kay’s This N That” is now located at 4625 W Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67212).
Shift times are:
Saturday, October 14, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pmO
Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 15, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Anyone available to volunteer is asked to call or email the tour chairperson:
Lucinda Karber, 882-1081 or [email protected].
Volunteers receive free admission to the tour properties anytime during the hours of the tour, a $13 value.
100% of the proceeds from the tour are used for scholarships and Midtown neighborhood projects. More information about the tour is available at:
www.midtownwichita.org or check out the Historic Midtown Citizens Association Page on Facebook.
Thank you for your interest in our community.
Lucinda Karber, HMCA Tour Chair
Thank you so very much for last evening's presentation on CC McAlister by Lynn Campbell Behnke. I remember many years ago being in Mrs Rorabaugh's home and that she had mentioned his name as having painted one of the murals in her home, and now I know more about this talented gentleman.