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 Cultural Center is located in the 1887 high Victorian home, built for John and Mary Scroggs. It was one of the most outstanding examples of the Queen Anne style to be erected in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1919, the Scrogg’s Mansion was purchased by the St. John’s Orphanage. The orphanage was in existence for 69 years.  In 1988, the Orphanage was purchased by the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society and became the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center.

Next Event

Lasagna - Strawberry Hill Museum

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Italian Class

  This class has been rescheduled. Please check back to see when the next class will occur.

Coming Events

  • 13

    Aug, 2016

    1:30 pm
    High Tea

    An afternoon tea or Victorian tea party may be one of the most delightful and informal affairs in the whole social round. The Strawberry Hill Museum Tea Room is hosting an elegant afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, ethnic desserts all over a nice cup of tea. Tea will start at 1:30 and you will …Continue Reading…

  • 27

    Aug, 2016

    1:30 pm
    High Tea

    An afternoon tea or Victorian tea party may be one of the most delightful and informal affairs in the whole social round. The Strawberry Hill Museum Tea Room is hosting an elegant afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, ethnic desserts all over a nice cup of tea. Tea will start at 1:30 and you will …Continue Reading…

  • 17

    Sep, 2016

    10:00 am
    Tamales Class

    Reservations and pre-payments are required.

  • 08

    Oct, 2016

    10:00 am
    Cabbage Roll Class

    Reservations and pre-payments are required.

Featured Exhibit

Peter Smokorowski

Peter received his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He worked for Hallmark Cards for thirty eight years. He now paints in watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel.

He was born in Ukraine and at the age of two the family moved to Germany. He attended seven years of school there; it was during this time that he became interested in art. At the age of 14, the family came to the US, Newton, Kansas in 1952.

While working for Hallmark Cards, he went on research trips and had a chance to visit a number of fine museums in this country and attended demos by Rex Brandt, John Pike and Richard Schmid. He also took a Plein Air workshop with Skip Whitcomb at the Fechin Workshop in Taos, NM.

Peter has taught Saturday drawing classes at the Art Institute and evening painting classes at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City. 

He is a member of the Watercolor Honor Society (Springfield Museum), and KWS, MAPS, and NOAPS. He has exhibited in AWS – NYC, Springfield Museum, MO, Dunnegan Gallery of Art, MO, Spanish Pavillion, St. Louis, MO and Gallery de Arc Angel, Brussels, Belgium. He has won numerous awards.

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