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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09/28/2020

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
2020 Heritage Square Concert Series
September 30th - Bloomfield Carillon

Join us in Heritage Square this Wednesday for our lunchtime concert!

*Boxed lunch may be reserved from the Museum Office through Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel Wichita, or bring your own.

Limited Admission is free - contact the Museum Office for a reservation to guarantee admission.

The final concert for the 2020 season features a live Bloomfield Carillon performance on September 30th with audience seating in Heritage Square.


This year's concerts are made possible by the Museum's Business Supporters, featuring:
Evergy, Fidelity Bank, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
High Touch Technologies, IMA Financial Group, Intrust Bank
Lusco Brick & Stone, McClelland Sound, The Spice Merchant
The Trust Company of Kansas, and Wells Fargo Advisors

What is your favorite memory of Innes' Department Store?
09/21/2020

What is your favorite memory of Innes' Department Store?

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

...and today it's the Wichita Historical Museum (without the rats and bats)!!
09/21/2020

...and today it's the Wichita Historical Museum (without the rats and bats)!!

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

My how Wichita has changed!!!
09/21/2020

My how Wichita has changed!!!

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

Remember Henry's Ridiculous Sales???. #SupportLocalMuseums #ShoulderPads #MembersOnly #1980s
09/21/2020

Remember Henry's Ridiculous Sales???

. #SupportLocalMuseums #ShoulderPads #MembersOnly #1980s

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

Alice Smith, WHiMS President, asked WHiMS members to please pick up your 2020-2021 WHiMS directory before November 1.  A...
09/15/2020

Alice Smith, WHiMS President, asked WHiMS members to please pick up your 2020-2021 WHiMS directory before November 1. A good time is when arrive to work at the gift shop, but anytime is OK!

Thanks to all the WHiMS who attended today's meeting.  President Alice Smith, Vice-president Gail Williams, and the Wich...
09/15/2020

Thanks to all the WHiMS who attended today's meeting. President Alice Smith, Vice-president Gail Williams, and the Wichita Historical Museum presented lots of information...about the Wreath Festival, exhibits, and a membership drive. For those who could not attend, check out the minutes! The Wreath Festival will be occuring the week before Thanksgiving....with boxes lunches, baked goods, and lots of Christmas decor and gifts!

Zoom meeting this Tuesday, September 15, ladies!  You can join us from home!  Let's kick this year off!!
09/13/2020

Zoom meeting this Tuesday, September 15, ladies! You can join us from home! Let's kick this year off!!

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
07/02/2020

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

The Museum will be CLOSED on Saturday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day. Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) parade on North Main Street, 1898. The GAR was a organization of Union veterans of the Civil War that supported & advocated for veterans' rights & pensions. Photo from our archives.

The Wichita Historical Museum is open for members only until June 23...today through Saturday, June 20 from 1-4 pm, free...
06/18/2020

The Wichita Historical Museum is open for members only until June 23...today through Saturday, June 20 from 1-4 pm, free to members and their guests. On Father's Day, Sunday June 21 from 1-5 pm. Make reservations one day in advance by calling 316-265-9314. Masks are required.
The special members-only PEDAL CAR exhibit features pedal cars from the Robert Guenthner Collection and will be featured in the Slawson Gallery June 17, 2020, through June 2021.

MUSEUM REOPENING SOON!The Wichita Historical Museum reopens to the public Tuesday, June 23rd resuming its normal hours o...
06/14/2020

MUSEUM REOPENING SOON!
The Wichita Historical Museum reopens to the public Tuesday, June 23rd resuming its normal hours of operation. Masks required in building. Alterations to the physical environment and enhanced sanitation will be in place to address health precautions. Reservations made 24 hours in advance are recommended to guarantee admission due to capacity restrictions. Please call 265-9314 or email: [email protected].
In the meantime, check out WichitaHistory.org Great tours and stories!! Pedalcars on exhibit through June!

03/25/2020

Sending a special THANK YOU to the Wichita Historical Museum's Gift Shop volunteers! Since the museum is closed, you'll be notified when the museum reopens!

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
03/19/2020

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

The Museum reopens to the public Tuesday, June 23rd resuming its normal hours of operation. Masks required in building. Alterations to the physical environment and enhanced sanitation will be in place to address health precautions. Reservations made 24 hours in advance are recommended to guarantee admission due to capacity restrictions. Please call 265-9314 or email: [email protected].

TODAY'S WHiMS MEETING IS CANCELLED.Be safe and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
03/17/2020

TODAY'S WHiMS MEETING IS CANCELLED.
Be safe and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Interested in volunteering at the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop?  Call 316-265-9314
02/19/2020

Interested in volunteering at the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop? Call 316-265-9314

Wonderful WHiMS meeting this morning.  The treats we're yummy, too.  Lots of discussion of upcoming museum events.
02/19/2020

Wonderful WHiMS meeting this morning. The treats we're yummy, too. Lots of discussion of upcoming museum events.

02/18/2020

Good Morning! WHiMS meeting today, Tuesday, February 18! 10:00 am.... refreshments at 9:30 am! See you at the Historical Museum!

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

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204 S Main St
Wichita, KS
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Hi, I'm looking for any records or photographs documenting the Suburban Rest Home in Wichita circa 1936. I do not have an address for it, unfortunately.
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.