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. 

Featured Immigrant Nationalities

Next Event

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

Strudel Class – SOLD OUT

Just in time for Easter, the The Strawberry Hill Museum is blessed with awesome teachers for making of apple strudel. Learn the secrets of the “Old World” and how they made the delicious pastry and apple filling. offering a strudel class for anyone interested in learning how to make apple strudel. You will have hands …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Mar, 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 Easter holiday.   Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class. A pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated …Continue Reading…

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    Apr, 2019

    8:00 am
    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

    The Easter Bunny will be available 8:00-10:30 a.m. on April 13th and will be ready to have her picture taken with your child by her side. For only $5.00, each child will receive their very own photograph AND a gift from the Easter Bunny! A scrumptious breakfast of pancakes and sausages, biscuits and gravy, fruit, …Continue Reading…

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    Apr, 2019

    2:00 pm
    Czech Easter Traditions and Egg Decorating

    The Main Library will have Czech Easter eggs and Easter items and a Czech hand made historical costume on display for the whole month of April and on April 13th we will have a workshop for all ages to color eggs using natural dyes (vegetables, flowers etc). Everyone will get an egg to take home with …Continue Reading…

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    Apr, 2019

    12:00 am
    EASTER – Museum Closed

    Happy Easter! The Strawberry Museum and Ethnic Society would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Blessed Easter. The museum will be closed to give our volunteers time with their families. Thank you and God Bless.

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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