Our History

The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988 to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kansas. The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center celebrates the many nationalities of Kansas City residents. Built in 1887, the the core building is an outstanding example of Victorian Queen Anne Style architecture and was home to the Cruise-Scroggs family for 32 years. In 1919, the mansion was opened by the Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King, to care for children orphaned during the 1918 influenza pandemic. The orphanage, operated in connection with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, closed in 1988 for conversion to the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society. 

Featured Immigrant Nationalities

Next Event

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Beginners Crochet Class – SOLD OUT!!

Learn how to crochet in an afternoon while the weather is chilly outside. Linda Mufich will teach you how to create a Strawberry pot holder. Even if you have never crocheted before, you can learn in this three hour class. SOLD OUT!!

Coming Events

  • 03

    Mar, 2018

    10:00 am
    Second Beginners Crochet Class – SOLD OUT!!

    Learn how to crochet in an afternoon while the weather is chilly outside. Linda Mufich will teach you how to create a Strawberry pot holder. Even if you have never crocheted before, you can learn in this three hour class.

  • 11

    Mar, 2018

    12:00 pm
    Pysanky Egg Decorating Class – SOLD OUT

    Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class. A pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Come and learn the old ethnic technique of decorating hollow eggs. …Continue Reading…

  • 18

    Mar, 2018

    12:00 pm
    Pysanky Egg Decorating Class – SOLD OUT!

    Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class. A pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Come and learn the old ethnic technique of decorating hollow eggs. …Continue Reading…

  • 08

    Apr, 2018

    10:00 am
    Beginning Knitting Class

    It’s called “Two Sticks and a String”. Come and learn casting on/off, basic knit and purl, along with garter stitch, and seed stitch. We will make a basic wash/dish cloth which the pattern can translate into a scarf. Renee McMahon will be sharing numerous beginning patterns and knitting skills. Pre-pay and Reservations Required.

Featured Exhibit

“Olde World Christmas”

Beginning November 4th, the Olde World Christmas opens at Strawberry Hill Museum. Victorian era decorations will adorn the mansion and the ethnic rooms will be filled with Christmas season “Olde World” traditions. Guided tours run from Noon – 4:15 and will take you through each of the decorated rooms. 

In addition to our permanent ethnic exhibitors, there will be displays representing Mexico, Ireland and African-American cultures. Additional space has also been added to display German, Italian and Belgium traditions. There are also new items in the Gift Shop, so make sure you stop by after your tour and pick up those unusual gifts for your family and friends.

The Tea Room will also be open every weekend from 1 pm to 4 pm. Stop in and enjoy a homemade dessert and a hot cup of tea either before or after your tour.

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