It was through the initial efforts of Msgr. John W. Horvat that the Strawberry Hill Museum came into existence in 1988. Knowing that the Sisters of St.Francis of Christ the King were going to end their mission of child care, Msgr. Horvat, Tom Tomasic and Frank Jaksa, Jr were the acquisition committee. After months of negotiations the property was acquired by the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society. Because of Msgr’s enthusiasm for preserving this landmark, a piece of Kansas City, Kansas history has been saved.
Every time someone visits the museum the memory of the Cruise-Scroggs family, the nuns, the children and the ancestors of Kansas City, Kansas is recalled. The Strawberry Hill Museum is a remembrance to all of them. Msgr. John Horvat’s sincere wish of a “Strawberry Hill Museum” has become a reality.