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

September 2 @ 12:00 pm - September 3 @ 5:00 pm


Happy Labor Day from all of us at the Strawberry Hill Museum. 

Coming Events

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    Oct, 2017

    12:00 am
    Museum Closed – Holiday Preparation

    The Strawberry Hill Museum will be closed from October 1st – October 29th 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 1. classes, 2.  evening candlelight tours, 3. Christmas …Continue Reading…

  • 04

    Nov, 2017

    12:00 pm
    Museum Re-Open – Olde World Christmas

    Beginning November 4th, the Olde World Christmas opens at Strawberry Hill Museum. Vicotrian 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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    Dec, 2017

    12:00 pm
    CHRISTMAS EVE – Museum Open

    Merry Christmas Eve! The Strawberry Museum and Ethnic Society would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas early and welcome you to tour the museum on Christmas Eve. Thank you and God Bless.

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    Dec, 2017

    12:00 pm
    NEW YEARS EVE – Museum Open

    Happy New Years Eve! The Strawberry Museum and Ethnic Society would like to wish you and your family a New Years Eve early and welcome you to tour the museum on New Years Eve. Thank you and God Bless.

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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