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. 

Featured Immigrant Nationalities

Next Event

November 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pierogi (Polish Dumpling) Class – SOLD OUT

Pierogi are filled dumplings of Central and Eastern European origin, made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water, or pan-frying. This is a first time ever class for the Strawberry Hill Museum. Susan McGinnis, will be teaching the art of making pierogi. You will have hands on …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Nov, 2019

    2:00 pm
    Italian Meatball & Sauce Class & DINNER! – CANCELED

    Ciao Bella!!! Last years class was cancelled due to weather, so we are crossing our fingers this year for the sun to shine. You will learn how to make true Sicilian meatballs and sauce from one of our Board Members. His Grandmas secret recipe will be shared and you will take home some of the …Continue Reading…

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    Nov, 2019

    6:00 pm
    Night-Time Tour – SOLD OUT

    The museum becomes a magical kingdom when viewed in the twilight of the day. Consider a night-time tour of the Strawberry Hill Museum to really get you into the Christmas spirit. The Mansion will be illuminated with all kinds of NEW DECORATIONS  including hundreds of special Christmas lights.   Small groups will be divided to take …Continue Reading…

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    Dec, 2019

    8:00 am
    Breakfast with St. Nick

    Again this year, St. Nicholas has included us in his flight plan and will be arriving Saturday, December 1st from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. A $10 fee will include breakfast for a child, a visit with St. Nicholas, and one picture. If your child wishes to only visit St. Nicholas for the picture, the …Continue Reading…

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    Dec, 2019

    6:00 pm
    Night-Time Dinner/Tour – SOLD OUT

    The museum becomes a magical kingdom when viewed in the twilight of the day. Consider a night-time tour of the Strawberry Hill Museum to really get you into the Christmas spirit. The Mansion will be illuminated with all kinds of NEW DECORATIONS  including hundreds of special Christmas lights.   We will be adding a little something …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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