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

September 30 - November 1

Museum Closed – Holiday Preparation

The Strawberry Hill Museum will be closed from September 30th – November 2nd 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 classes, evening nighttime tours, Christmas holiday …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Oct, 2019

    9:00 am
    Cookies for Halloween!!!

    The Strawberry Hill Museum is offering a cookie decorating class just in time for Halloween!!! Carol Marinovich will teach you how to make some great Halloween sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. She will also provide you with lots of decorating tips. You will even get to take a dozen cookies home!!  $35 per person …Continue Reading…

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    Nov, 2019

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

    Beginning November 2nd, the Olde World Christmas opens at Strawberry Hill Museum. Victorian 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 Ireland and African-American cultures. Additional space has also been added to …Continue Reading…

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    Nov, 2019

    9:00 am
    Strudel Class – SOLD OUT

    Just in time for Christmas, the The Strawberry Hill Museum is blessed with awesome teachers for the making of apple strudel. Learn the secrets of the “Old World” and how they made the delicious pastry and apple filling. You will have hands on for making your own strudel that you will be able to take …Continue Reading…

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    Nov, 2019

    12:00 pm
    Pysanky Egg Decorating Class – SOLD OUT

    Back by popular demand! Irene Thompson is again presenting a class on the art of Pysanky, the European tradition of decorating eggs. Each student will be able to take their “work of art” home to enjoy during the Christmas holiday. This class will teach how to create the snowflake design.  Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class. A pysanka …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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