Wichita Historical Museum Society

Wichita Historical Museum Society The Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum Society ("WHiMS") supports the museum through volunteering, managing the gift shop, and fundraising events.
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CELEBRATING KANSAS STATEHOOD WITH LIVE MUSIC! SUNDAY, JANUARY 26thJoin us on Sunday, January 26th at 2 pm for a Kansas D...
01/23/2020

CELEBRATING KANSAS STATEHOOD WITH LIVE MUSIC! SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th
Join us on Sunday, January 26th at 2 pm for a Kansas Day musical celebration at the Historical Museum!

Celebrate 159 years of Statehood with a musical jamboree featuring a cavalcade of local musicians including Karen & Richard Crowson, The Home Rangers featuring Orin Friesen, and the Prairie Rose Rangers.

This program is supported by the Museums volunteer group WHiMS and is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1939, the Museum is recognized as one of America's finest museums of local history. It explores local history through dozens of exhibits and a variety of programs. The Museum occupies the Original 1890 Wichita City Hall building in downtown Wichita.

01/18/2020

ATTENTION ALL WHiMS MEMBERS:
JANUARY MEETING
the 21st at 10:00 am
Refreshments at 9:30 am

WHiMS thanks all our volunteers for our successful Wichita Historical Museum Wreath Festival, which continues today!  La...
11/23/2019

WHiMS thanks all our volunteers for our successful Wichita Historical Museum Wreath Festival, which continues today! Last day for fun, food, great gifts and baked goods, and a decorated museum!!

Come visit the Wichita Historical Museum... our gift shop is full of Holiday and Christmas goodies!
11/22/2019

Come visit the Wichita Historical Museum... our gift shop is full of Holiday and Christmas goodies!

11/22/2019

Day#2 of the Wichita Historical Museum Wreath Festival!
Get in the Christmas spirit with our signature luncheon, baked goods, a decorated museum, wreaths and gift ideas in the gift shop, pianists playing Christmas music, etc. Enjoy!

Day #1 of the Wichita Historical Museum's Wreath Festival!!  Come on down!  Friday and Saturday, too!
11/21/2019

Day #1 of the Wichita Historical Museum's Wreath Festival!! Come on down! Friday and Saturday, too!

11/21/2019

Today's the day!!! The Historical Museum Wreath Festival begins! Fun, food, Christmas decor, gifts, baked goods for sale! Start the Christmas season today!!!!

2 more days until the WREATH FESTIVAL!  FUN, FOOD, HOLIDAY DECOR, BAKED GOODS!
11/19/2019

2 more days until the WREATH FESTIVAL! FUN, FOOD, HOLIDAY DECOR, BAKED GOODS!

2 days until the WREATH FESTIVAL!
11/19/2019

2 days until the WREATH FESTIVAL!

Wreath Festival starts in 2 days!!!
3 days this year! Great fun, food, baked goods, Holiday decorations and items in the Gift Shop!

Get your tickets for one of the premier events welcoming the holiday season in Wichita:Annual Wreath Festival 10 a.m.-2 ...
11/10/2019

Get your tickets for one of the premier events welcoming the holiday season in Wichita:
Annual Wreath Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Nov. 21-23, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main St. A third day was added this year to this popular event that features holiday decorations and gift items, baked items and festive music with lunch served in the museum that is decked out for the holidays. Free festival admission. Lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. costs $15 and includes museum admission. Walk-ins for lunch allowed Thursday and Friday; RSVPs required for Saturday lunch and for groups of six or more on Thursday and Friday. All proceeds support the museum. wichitahistory.org, 316-265-9314

Wreath Festival starts in 2 days!!!3 days this year!  Great fun, food, baked goods, Holiday decorations and items in the...
10/23/2019

Wreath Festival starts in 2 days!!!
3 days this year! Great fun, food, baked goods, Holiday decorations and items in the Gift Shop!

The fabulous Wichita Historical Museum's Wreath Festival is just around the corner!  This year it's been expanded to 3 d...
10/22/2019

The fabulous Wichita Historical Museum's Wreath Festival is just around the corner! This year it's been expanded to 3 days! Mark your calendars... November 21, 22, 23!

09/18/2019

Mark your calendars now! November 21-23! The annual Wreath Festival and luncheon is coming soon....at the Wichita Historical Museum. Three days this year! More info soon!

Cute buffalo puzzles available for sale in the Wichita Historic Museum gift shop.
09/17/2019

Cute buffalo puzzles available for sale in the Wichita Historic Museum gift shop.

Wichita Historical Museum Society meeting this morning.  New leadership team in place.  Lots of discussion about the upc...
09/17/2019

Wichita Historical Museum Society meeting this morning. New leadership team in place. Lots of discussion about the upcoming Wreath Festival.

New items in the Wichita Museum gift shop!
09/03/2019

New items in the Wichita Museum gift shop!

Great art for sale at the Wichita Historical Museum!
08/23/2019

Great art for sale at the Wichita Historical Museum!

FREE CONCERT SERIES IN SEPTEMBER AT THE WICHITA HISTORICAL MUSEUM!  Wednesdays from noon to 1pm
08/23/2019

FREE CONCERT SERIES IN SEPTEMBER AT THE WICHITA HISTORICAL MUSEUM! Wednesdays from noon to 1pm

Yee Hah, Cowboys and Cowgirls!You're invited to BUFFALO & BREWS fundraiser for the Wichita Historical Museum!  September...
08/23/2019

Yee Hah, Cowboys and Cowgirls!
You're invited to BUFFALO & BREWS fundraiser for the Wichita Historical Museum! September 15!

Happy Birthday, Wichita!  Celebrate with the Wichita Historical Museum!Saturday, July 20th 1-5 pmThe Museum is celebrati...
07/16/2019

Happy Birthday, Wichita!
Celebrate with the Wichita Historical Museum!

Saturday, July 20th 1-5 pm

The Museum is celebrating a special birthday on Saturday, July 20th- the 149th anniversary of the founding of Wichita! Wichita was officially born July 21, 1870 - view Wichita's remarkable history on four floors of exhibits and enjoy special tours, crafts, activities and refreshments. This event is free to those individuals and small groups bringing a Birthday Card! Museum Members are always free.
For More Information:

Tel: 316-265-9314
www.wichitahistory.org

07/03/2019

WICHITA BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR WICHITA - Happy 149th!

Saturday, July 20th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Celebration at:
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum - 204 S. Main

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum celebrates 2 special birthdays on Saturday, July 20th -- the 149th anniversary of the founding of Wichita, and the 129th anniversary of Wichita’s Original City Hall, home to the Historical Museum since 1980.

Wichita was officially “born” July 21, 1870. Twenty years later, a grand ceremony was held on July 4, 1890 to celebrate the laying of the City Hall cornerstone.

See the original Mayor’s Office and learn of Wichita’s remarkable history in the many exhibits found throughout all four floors of the Museum. Enjoy special tours, crafts, activities and refreshments. Admission is free to those individuals and small groups bringing a birthday card! Birthday cake and refreshments are served in the Museum’s Heritage Square.

07/03/2019
The Wichita Historical Museum needs gift shop volunteers!!!  Volunteer shop clerks meet visitors from around the world! ...
07/02/2019

The Wichita Historical Museum needs gift shop volunteers!!! Volunteer shop clerks meet visitors from around the world! Browse books, decor, and more! 2.5 hour shifts available. Contact Gail Williams at 316-214-0750 or [email protected]. Shop sales support Museum programs and activities. Photo of Innes millinery department, circa 1895 from our archives and the Wichita Photo Archives, www.wichitaphotos.org

Today was a special day at the Wichita Historical Museum.  The volunteer Appreciation Brunch!  Thank you to our WHIMS me...
05/22/2019

Today was a special day at the Wichita Historical Museum. The volunteer Appreciation Brunch! Thank you to our WHIMS members, docents, gift shop and Wreath Festival volunteers.

Fantastic Blue Moon party last weekend.  Great music by Donna Tucker and band.  Great food and drinks.  Dancing!  Fake c...
05/09/2019

Fantastic Blue Moon party last weekend. Great music by Donna Tucker and band. Great food and drinks. Dancing! Fake cigarettes!

IT'S THE PARTY OF THE YEAR!  The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will hold its 11th annual BLUE MOON PARTY on ...
04/28/2019

IT'S THE PARTY OF THE YEAR! The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will hold its 11th annual BLUE MOON PARTY on Saturday, May 4. The event will recreate the old Blue Moon nightclub that was a popular nightspot in the 1940's and 1950's. At our Blue Moon, guests will enjoy dinner, drinks, music, and dancing, Renowned jazz singer, Donna Tucker, and her band will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $100. Call (316) 265-9314....just a few tickets left! See you there!

Film Screening - A New Deal for Public Art in the Free StateSaturday, April 20, 2:00 pm in the Historical Museum's DeVor...
04/18/2019

Film Screening - A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State

Saturday, April 20, 2:00 pm in the Historical Museum's DeVore Auditorium.
Admission for this event is free.
Join us for a screening of a documentary film about New Deal public art in Kansas, followed by a discussion with historian and filmmaker Kara Heitz and director Graham Carroll. A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State is a film by Clio's Scroll Productions LLC in conjunction with the Birger Sandzen Gallery and funded by a grant from Humanities Kansas.

Birger Sandzen Smoky River, 1938, Lindsborg Post Office mural.

04/01/2019

This Thursday Evening at the Historical Museum - April 4th - 4-6 pm
Members Event - Fred Wassall - Midwestern Mystic.

Extended evening hours (to 6 pm) this Thursday, April 4th for a special opportunity to view the Lois Kay Walls Visual Arts Gallery exhibit Fred Wassall - Midwestern Mystic. Closes Saturday, April 20th. Free for members and their guests.

Music provided by The Wichita Guitar Society, an organization established by Irma Wassall in 1950. Refreshments served.

"Mr. Wassall paints. He adventures at times into surrealism, that species of the graphic arts which is away beyond photography - and portraiture in oil - the art which seeks to portray not an object but an idea." - Victor Murdock, Editor, Wichita Eagle
Display Director for Walker's Department Store for nearly 40 years, Fred Wassall was a leading figure in Wichita's bohemian community of the mid-century with his wife, poet Irma Wassall.

SPRING BREAK AT THE WICHITA HISTORICAL MUSEUM!The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is offering an engaging and ...
03/04/2019

SPRING BREAK AT THE WICHITA HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is offering an engaging and fun opportunity for students and family members to learn about Wichita's history during spring break! Reservations requested - call the Museum at 316-265-9314 or email [email protected]

Offered daily - Tuesday, March 12 - Thursday, March 14, 3:00-4:00 pm - All ages are invited to come learn and practice the art of cursive handwriting. An experienced teacher will guide proper letter formation of upper and lower case letters, including the writing of your full name! We recommend coming all three days.

Research shows cursive handwriting engages the brain more deeply than printing or typing. Correspondence to friends and loved ones, cursive art, journaling, study notes, and creative writing are only a few of the applications where cursive is useful.

Tuesday, March 12 - 1:00-3:00 - "Cowboy up" and join us for some fun! Explore the lives of early settlers and the cowboys who drove cattle up from Texas through a special tour. Make a buffalo silhouette in a Kansas sunset. Play some Cowboy Blackjack. Savor a Buffalo Chip cookie.
Wednesday, March 13 - 1:00-3:00 - Come celebrate Wichita! Take a tour of special exhibits. Make a Wichita flag. Play "Musical Chairs" to Wichita songs. Savor a sugar cookie.

Thursday, March 14 - 1:00 - 3:00 - Explore the seven room Victorian Cottage and see up-close how life was lived in Wichita 125 years ago! Craft a personal Victorian calling card. Have fun playing low-tech skill games like "Old Maid," "Pick-up-Sticks," and marbles. Savor a delicious sugar cookie or some horehound candy.

02/23/2019
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

WEDNESDAY'S SENIOR WEDNESDAY EVENT:
African American Entrepreneurship in Wichita: Past and Present - presented by Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr.
Wednesday, February 27th - doors open at 9:30; program begins at 10am
Join us in the Museum's DeVore auditorium for "African American Entrepreneurship in Wichita: Past and Present" a Senior Wednesday program with Dr. Robert E. Weems,
Wednesday, February 27th. Dr. Weems will explore the history of black entrepreneurship in Wichita featuring highlights of Weems' "Wichita African American Business History Project."

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10 a.m. Refreshments provided.
$2 programming fee; members are free.

Robert E. Weems, Jr. is the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University.

Senior Wednesdays are informational and entertaining sessions, designed for active seniors and offered by a collaboration of 12 institutions.

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Located downtown at 204 S. Main in Wichita, KS

The local history museum for Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas!

Save the date....wonderful event and fundraiser at the Wichita Historical Museum!  Saturday, May 4, 2019
02/20/2019

Save the date....wonderful event and fundraiser at the Wichita Historical Museum! Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Wichita Historical Museum tonight!
02/20/2019

The Wichita Historical Museum tonight!

WE WANT YOU!“Volunteer for the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop! Meet visitors from around the world! Browse the book...
02/20/2019

WE WANT YOU!
“Volunteer for the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop! Meet visitors from around the world! Browse the books, decor, and more that we have in the store! 2.5 hour shifts available. Call 316-214-0750 for more information.”

1:43 pm....standing room only at the Wichita Historical Museum today.  Waiting for the 2 pm showing "For Your Amusement"...
02/16/2019

1:43 pm....standing room only at the Wichita Historical Museum today. Waiting for the 2 pm showing "For Your Amusement" about Ackerman Island.

Don't forget!  WHIMS meeting, 10 am Tuesday, February 19, at the Wichita Historical Museum.  Refreshments at 9:30 am!
02/14/2019

Don't forget! WHIMS meeting, 10 am Tuesday, February 19, at the Wichita Historical Museum. Refreshments at 9:30 am!

Happy Valentine's Day to all our friends!
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day to all our friends!

WHiMS meeting held earlier this morning....great attendance!  Eric Cale, Executive Director of the Wichita Historical Mu...
01/15/2019

WHiMS meeting held earlier this morning....great attendance! Eric Cale, Executive Director of the Wichita Historical Museum, and Gale Williams, President of WHiMS, discuss new evening hours (till 6 pm) the First Thursday every month.

Urgent Request:. Volunteers needed for the Wichita Historical Museum Gift Shop!  If interested, contact Patty Armstrong ...
01/15/2019

Urgent Request:. Volunteers needed for the Wichita Historical Museum Gift Shop! If interested, contact Patty Armstrong at [email protected]. PLEASE SHARE!

Merry Christmas to all!  Thank you, Trinity Academy!
12/26/2018

Merry Christmas to all! Thank you, Trinity Academy!

Wonderful lunch and great meeting at the WHiMS appreciation  gathering on Tuesday.    Thanks, WHiMS board, for a lovely ...
12/14/2018

Wonderful lunch and great meeting at the WHiMS appreciation gathering on Tuesday. Thanks, WHiMS board, for a lovely event.

A wonderful Wreath Festival at the Wichita Historical Museum!
11/17/2018

A wonderful Wreath Festival at the Wichita Historical Museum!

Another awesome Wreath Festival for the Wichita Historical Museum.  Thanks, WHiMS volunteers!
11/17/2018

Another awesome Wreath Festival for the Wichita Historical Museum. Thanks, WHiMS volunteers!

Christmas decorations and gifts......available in the Wichita Historical Museum Gift Shop!
11/12/2018

Christmas decorations and gifts......available in the Wichita Historical Museum Gift Shop!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10WORLD WAR I ENDED 100 YEARS AGO!Wichita Historical Museum talk at 2 pm.Dr. Robert Weeks Jr. will ex...
10/30/2018

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
WORLD WAR I ENDED 100 YEARS AGO!
Wichita Historical Museum talk at 2 pm.
Dr. Robert Weeks Jr. will explore the impact of the war on Wichita and the African-American community in particular. Dr. Weeks is the Willard Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at WSU. Free reception with admission. Members are free.

It's WREATH FESTIVAL TIME again!  Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16...10 am to 2 pm!  Lunch served 11-1 (wonderful...
10/30/2018

It's WREATH FESTIVAL TIME again! Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16...10 am to 2 pm! Lunch served 11-1 (wonderful luncheon!). $15 includes lunch and museum entrance. Baked goods, Wreaths, Christmas gifts and decorations for sale! (Reservations for 6 or more).

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204 S Main St
Wichita, KS
67202

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(316) 265-9314

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I found this photo in my great great aunts photo album. It says it was taken in Wichita in 1913. I have not been able to find anyone who knows anything about it and was hoping you might be able to help. Thank you.
anyone in the wichita historic society doing anything to make sure the city doesn't do anything stupid to the historic frank lloyd wright century ii building?
Hank Gibbons, Editor Wichita Beacon
The church my dad attended before the war, Faith Baptist
We did a remake of my great grandparents photo at the blue moon! Wanted to share.