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. 

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Next Event

August 13, 2018 - December 17, 2019

Do you want to study Czech from your home? Take Czech on-line at KU

Why Czech? Czech is a language spoken in Central Europe by ten million people and by additional one million in the world. The language belongs to the western branch of Slavonic languages and is closely related to Slovak and Polish.  The Czech Republic is known for its literature and film, but also industries and inventions …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Sep, 2018

    6:00 pm
    A Night at the Museum – NEW DATE

    First Strawberry Hill Museum Auction Held in the St. John’s Catholic School Auditorium Jack Stack BBQ Buffet and Beverages Included (Silent and Live Auction Items) Final Live Auction Item – “A Night at the Strawberry Hill Museum” (Dinner for two in the Museum Dining Room, Over-Night Stay in the Master Bedroom, Breakfast in the Museum …Continue Reading…

Featured Exhibit

Father Tim Haberkorn Exhibit

The Strawberry Hill Museum is proud to exhibit the unique collection of Fr. Tim Haberkorn of Sacred Heart Parish and St. Joseph Parish in Topeka, Kansas. Fr. Tim, called “The Relic Hunter” has generously donated his rare and valuable relics to the museum. 

Since his childhood, Fr. Tim has been collecting holy cards, next came statues and when he was in the seminary, he started his collection of relics of the saints. Relics connect us to those who have gone before us in faith-especially those of the martyrs. Fr. Tim has made pilgrimages to many saints’ tombs and one of his favorite relics would be that of St. Maximilian Kolbe, especially after he visited Auschwitz. 

These relics will be part of Fr. Tim’s exhibit at the Museum starting March 3rd, 2017. Over 240 relics are in his collection. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday, noon until the last tour at 4:15.

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