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

October 1

Museum Closed – Holiday Preparation

The Strawberry Hill Museum will be closed from October 1st – November 3rd 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 candlelight tours, Christmas holiday related …Continue Reading…

Coming Events

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    Oct, 2018

    9:00 am
    Strudel Class – SOLD OUT!!!

    The Strawberry Hill Museum is offering a strudel class for anyone interested in learning how to make apple strudel. You will have hands on for making your own strudel that you will be able to take home and bake or freeze for a special occasion. These classes tend to fill up very fast, so please …Continue Reading…

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    Oct, 2018

    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!!  These classes tend …Continue Reading…

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    Oct, 2018

    9:00 am
    Strudel Class

    The Strawberry Hill Museum is offering a strudel class for anyone interested in learning how to make apple strudel. You will have hands on for making your own strudel that you will be able to take home and bake or freeze for a special occasion. These classes tend to fill up very fast, so please …Continue Reading…

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    Nov, 2018

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

    Beginning November 3rdth, 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 Mexico, Ireland and African-American cultures. Additional space has also been added …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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