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.

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.

WEDNESDAY'S SENIOR WEDNESDAY EVENT:African American Entrepreneurship in Wichita: Past and Present - presented by Dr. Rob...
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 bo...
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).

Check out the TOYS OF THE FUTURE exhibit at the Wichita Historical Museum now!  Then visit the museum gift shop to purch...
10/30/2018

Check out the TOYS OF THE FUTURE exhibit at the Wichita Historical Museum now! Then visit the museum gift shop to purchase retro toys!!

WHiMS president, Gail Williams, and Historical Museum Director, Eric Cale, discuss the new TOYS OF THE FUTURE exhibit af...
10/18/2018

WHiMS president, Gail Williams, and Historical Museum Director, Eric Cale, discuss the new TOYS OF THE FUTURE exhibit after Tuesday's WHiMS meeting. High on the meeting's agenda was planning for the Wreath Festival on November 15th and 16th.

WHiMS meeting...Tuesday, October 16...10 am...refreshments starting at 9:30 am.  This is an important meeting...we're fi...
10/13/2018

WHiMS meeting...Tuesday, October 16...10 am...refreshments starting at 9:30 am. This is an important meeting...we're finalizing plans for the Wreath Festival next month.

09/12/2018

WHiMS members...our season begins with a meeting this Tuesday, September 18, at 10 am...come early for yummies!

Very cool...…….opens September 22!
09/07/2018

Very cool...…….opens September 22!

Landing soon at YOUR local history HQ! "Toys of the Future" opens September 22nd. Get a sneak peak now and check out the retro repro toys in the Museum Shop! #UnusuallyFunObjects #museumsmatter #historymatters

Check out the excellent display of cards in the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop!
07/16/2018

Check out the excellent display of cards in the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop!

Get ready for Wichita's birthday this Saturday...check out the Wichita flag and merchandise  at the Wichita Historical M...
07/16/2018

Get ready for Wichita's birthday this Saturday...check out the Wichita flag and merchandise at the Wichita Historical Museum gift shop!

Celebrate Wichita's 148th birthday!  1-5 pm, Saturday, July 21 at the Wichita Historical Museum!   Free admission with a...
07/13/2018

Celebrate Wichita's 148th birthday! 1-5 pm, Saturday, July 21 at the Wichita Historical Museum! Free admission with a birthday card...there will be cake, too!

Wizard of Oz...gift shop....Wichita Historical Museum!   Yes, we're in Kansas...Wichita, Kansas!
07/13/2018

Wizard of Oz...gift shop....Wichita Historical Museum! Yes, we're in Kansas...Wichita, Kansas!

Retro 50's toys about to hit the shelves in the Wichita Historical Museum's gift shop!  Cool!!!
07/13/2018

Retro 50's toys about to hit the shelves in the Wichita Historical Museum's gift shop! Cool!!!

Happy Independence Day!  Be safe!  Enjoy!
07/03/2018

Happy Independence Day! Be safe! Enjoy!

07/03/2018
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

This is an amazing exhibit! Please visit the Wichita Historical Museum and check it out!!

Jacob A. Riis delivered his first lecture, "How the Other Half Lives and Dies in New York," on January 25, 1888.
This abridged version of the lecture is included in NEH on the Road "Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives" exhibition on view at YOUR local history HQ in beautiful Downtown Wichita, open Tues-Frii 11am-4pm, Sat-Sun 1-5pm. #museumsmatter #historymatters #nehontheroad

Way back on the Fourth of July, 1890, the City of Wichita- Government held a Grand Celebration to commemorate the laying...
07/03/2018

Way back on the Fourth of July, 1890, the City of Wichita- Government held a Grand Celebration to commemorate the laying of the cornerstone of City Hall - now home to YOUR local history HQ! We will be CLOSED tomorrow, July 4th, in honor of Independence Day. Open regular hours today and the rest of the week. #historymatters #museumsmatter

Way back on the Fourth of July, 1890, the City of Wichita- Government held a Grand Celebration to commemorate the laying of the cornerstone of City Hall - now home to YOUR local history HQ! We will be CLOSED tomorrow, July 4th, in honor of Independence Day. Open regular hours today and the rest of the week. #historymatters #museumsmatter

Thinking of Kansas or Wichita-themed gifts?  Look no further then the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum gift sho...
05/15/2018

Thinking of Kansas or Wichita-themed gifts? Look no further then the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum gift shop!

Wonderful volunteer brunch at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum today!  Great food and conversation and food...
05/15/2018

Wonderful volunteer brunch at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum today! Great food and conversation and food. Thanks to all museum volunteers...docents, gift shop helpers, WHIMS members, event coordinators and helpers! Thank you to our incoming WHIMS Board members!Special thanks also to the museum staff. It's been a great year.

WHIMS wish all our moms a very Happy Mother's Day!
05/13/2018

WHIMS wish all our moms a very Happy Mother's Day!

Fun at last Sunday's Ice Cream Social at the Wichita Historical Museum!  Thanks to all the WHiMS' volunteers for making ...
05/08/2018

Fun at last Sunday's Ice Cream Social at the Wichita Historical Museum! Thanks to all the WHiMS' volunteers for making it happen!

HONOR YOUNG HISTORIANS. ..at the Wichita Historical Museum On Sunday, May 6th  at 2 pm, join us at the annual Young Hist...
05/01/2018

HONOR YOUNG HISTORIANS. ..at the Wichita Historical Museum
On Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm, join us at the annual Young Historians Awards in the DeVore Auditorium. Special key note address by Ken Spurgeon of Lone Chimney Films. A reception and special tour will follow the key note. Special thanks to the DeVore Family Foundation for sponsorship of the Local History Essay Contest.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL TIME...THIS SATURDAY!Join us on Saturday, May 5th from 1-5 pm for our annual Ice Cream Social! Fun for ...
05/01/2018

ICE CREAM SOCIAL TIME...THIS SATURDAY!
Join us on Saturday, May 5th from 1-5 pm for our annual Ice Cream Social! Fun for all throughout the Museum and in Heritage Square. During this year's Social, enjoy events celebrating new books published through the efforts of Wichita State University Local and Community History Program, "Luke the Longhorn" graphic novel for young readers, and the "Wichita Rock & Roll 1950-1980." The authors will be at the Museum to sign books, which will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by WHiMS. Reduced price of $2 for adults, children free. Museum Members and their guests are always free.

The great Larry Hatteburg...fun to take a picture of HIM!  He's at the Blue Moon party taking pictures of Donna Tucker!
04/22/2018

The great Larry Hatteburg...fun to take a picture of HIM! He's at the Blue Moon party taking pictures of Donna Tucker!

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