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

October 2 - November 3

Museum Closed – Holiday Preparation

The Strawberry Hill Museum will be closed from October 2st – November 3rd in preparation for the Christmas holiday season. We hope that you will come and visit us this season as every year the decorations are completely different from any other year. There will be a number of classes, evening candlelight tours, Christmas holiday related …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Nov, 2017

    10:00 am
    Strudel Class

    Come and learn how to make the traditional apple strudel. Hands on and take home what you make to bake. Classes sell out quickly.   Reservations and pre-pay required.   

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    Nov, 2017

    12:00 pm
    Museum Re-Open – 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.  In addition to our permanent ethnic exhibitors, there will be displays representing Mexico, Ireland and African-American cultures. Additional space has also been added …Continue Reading…

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    Nov, 2017

    1:00 pm
    Pysanky Egg Decorating Class

    Ukrainian Christmas Egg Decorating Class. Come and learn the old ethnic technique of decorating hollow eggs for the holiday. Take your creation home.   Reservations and Pre-pay required.         

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    Nov, 2017

    5:00 pm
    Strawberry Hill Skyline – Painting Class

    Strawberry Hill Museum is honored to host Ian Kloster, visual artist, who will teach a painting class on November 11th. Ian will work with you as the class designs and paints a skyline of Strawberry Hill! Hours are from 5pm – 9pm and the evening will also include iced tea and cheese and crackers. (You …Continue Reading…

Featured Exhibit

“The Relic Hunter”

 

Strawberry Hill Museum is proud to exhibit the relic collection of Fr. Tim Haberkorn, known as “The Relic Hunter”. Fr. Tim is pastor at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Parishes in Topeka, Kansas.

He began collecting hold cards in his childhood. Later there were statues and when he was in the seminary, he started his collection of relics of the saints. These relics connect us to those who have gone before us in faith, especially those of the martyrs. Fr. Tim has mad pilgrimages to many tombs of the saints and one of his favorite relics is that of St. Maximilian Kolbe, particularly since his visit to Auschwitz. 

This relics will be part of Fr. Tim’s exhibit at the museum starting July 1, 2017. There are over 240 relics. 

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