Our History

The Museum and Tea Room will be CLOSED for important repairs starting on May 20 and will reopen again for tours on August 3. Special events in the Tea Room and Tomasic Hall will be unaffected, and likewise new events can continue to be booked in these spaces while the rest of the Museum is being spruced up in this, the Orphanage’s 100th year. Thank you for your continued support! 

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. 

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Next Event

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - September 30 @ 5:00 pm

Ukraine Exhibit

Do you know what the terms “Petrykivka, Rizba and Vyshyvanka” mean? Petrykivka: Village of Petrykivka decorate their living quarters, household belongings with a style of ornamental painting/flowers and natural elements.  Rizba: Decorated wooden items -some containing beads, pearls, paintings. Vyshyvanka: A traditional Ukraine embroidered shirt. You are going to see items that have been brought over from Ukraine that showcase …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Aug, 2019

    11:00 am
    CANCELLATION

    The St. John’s Orphanage Centennial on August 25,2019, has been CANCELLED. The Strawberry Hill Museum  will celebrate the Sisters 100th Commemorative Celebration with an exhibit honoring their service at St. John’s Orphanage during the Museums “OLDE WORLD CHRISTMAS” season. Every weekend (November 2nd, 2019 thru January 6th, 2020) We still need your help in gathering …Continue Reading…

Featured Exhibit

Ukraine Exhibit – May – September

Do you know what the terms “Petrykivka, Rizba and Vyshyvanka” mean?

Petrykivka: Village of Petrykivka decorate their living quarters, household belongings with a style of ornamental painting/flowers and natural elements. 

Rizba: Decorated wooden items -some containing beads, pearls, paintings.

Vyshyvanka: A traditional Ukraine embroidered shirt.

You are going to see items that have been brought over from Ukraine that showcase the rich culture of the country as well as various forms of art that Ukrainian immigrants continue to make in America.

Ukrainians have been skilled wood carvers for centuries. Intricate work is done on wooden plates, candle holders, picture albums which are not only carved, but inlaid with beads, mother of pearl and paint.

Photographs by award winning Ukrainian photographers show you everyday life in Ukraine watercolors, paintings, and enamel work are displayed along with pottery and various other art forms.

Embroidery, whether on a pillow, blouse, shirt or Rushnyk (a ritual cloth) is not only beautiful but represents an ethnographic area of Ukraine.

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