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Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum

Edwin D. Shutt, II, Committee Chair

The Wyandotte County History Society & Museum was organized and is dedicated to the preservation of the history and development of Wyandotte County. The Museum has been in operation since 1889. The present location opened in 1965, with additions in 1977 and 1993.

The Museum observed the county's sesquicentennial in 2009 with a series of special exhibits and gala activitiesl in 2009. The 150th anniversary of Kansas' statehood is being highlighted by the production and distribution of a 20-minute video depicting how the 1859 Wyandotte Constitution was approved by Kansas voters, signed by the Governor and the President, and resulted in Kansas being admitted to the Union as a free state in 1861. Shortly thereafter, the Civil War began and the state became known as "Bloody Kansas." Contact Museum Gift Store to obtain a copy of the video.

The Wyandot Constitution of July 1859 was written near Kaw Point, and led to Kansas' admission to the union as a free state in 1861. The prize exhibit is a "dug-out" canoe believed to have pre-dated the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 by 200 years.

The Museum is located off I-70 at the Bonner Springs Exit. Turn right or north at the stoplight. Look for the marker and Riverview Avenue. Also, two miles west of the Legends/Village West on State Avenue, look for direction signs.

Admission is free. Call 913.573-5002 for hours and other information.