On-line Exhibit — A Living History:  the Azteca Club and the Azteca Dancers

Thanks to underwriting by the Kansas Humanities Council and American Libraries Association, this on-line exhibit is available for viewing by accessing the “Exhibits” page.
Since the 1970s, The Azteca Club and its predecessors have been involved in preserving and presenting important traditional dances; and, in doing so, Mexican American culture. The story of the Azteca Club and Azteca Dancers was compiled from oral interviews and photograph collections.

Ranchito Project and Program

Currently in process is the Ranchito project, highlighting memories and photos from the railroad housing community used by the Mexican railroad workers until the 1950s.  Be sure to attend the program in November!  Access the “Calendar” page and get program details in the Upcoming Events option.

Harvey County Courthouse: Grant Received for Oral History Project

Thanks to a Heritage Grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, the 50th anniversary of the Harvey County Courthouse is being commemorated by collecting oral histories as well as through both on-site and on-line exhibits. Interviews focus on the decision to build, how the building is serving county residents today and the question, “What would voters today be facing if a courthouse had NOT been built 50 years ago?” Copies of the oral histories were sent to the Kansas State Historical Society.
The museum exhibit opened March 21, 2015.
The on-line exhibit can be viewed on the Exhibits page of the HCHM website.

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THANKS for your support – ALL of the storm windows have been installed!

The new Columbia storm windows (made in Lindsborg!) will protect the windows and frames from weather damage while also increasing energy efficiency and improving the appearance of the building. The windows replaced worn and damaged aluminum-frame storm windows from the 1960’s.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who supported this daunting project: Nancy Christensen; Milton Claassen; Rol Claassen; Charles & Nancy Craig; Vere & Bev English; Mary Ann Gertsen; Jim & Shirley Goering; Richard & Rebecca Hege; Courtney & Beverly Hiebert; Keven, Deb & Lauren Hiebert; Richard Janzen; Charles & Susan Koehn Family Foundation; Dean & Linda Koppes; Newton Lions Club; Cleland & Irene McBurney; Karen Monroe; Terry & Nancy Oursler; Bob Puckett; Ross Foundation; Janelle & Gaylord Sanneman; Dwight Scofield; Joe Smiley, Jim & Barbara Soth; Keith & Aldine Sprunger; John & Gwen Suderman; John Torline; Chris Van Sickle; Karl & Diana Wenzel; and John Whitlock.

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In the building? Online? Out in the community? Enjoy the museum in many different ways!

  • Go online to visit the Ft. Hays State University Forsyth Library digital collections at http://contentcat.fhsu.edu/cdm/ to see the first four of our archival photo collections.
  • Explore the on-line exhibit entitled, “A Living History:  the Azteca Club and the Azteca Dancers.”  It can be found on the Exhibits page.
  • Explore the on-line exhibit entitled, “Fifty Years of Service:  The Harvey County Courthouse.”  It can be found on the Exhibits page.
  • Facebook conversations about courthouses, goat glands and flowers.
  • Blogs about home school projects and librarians of the past
  • Archives…maps, journals, letters and much more.
  • Historic marker tour
  • Book a Speakers Bureau program or traveling exhibit for your next church, club or family event!
  • Let us know your ideas for enjoying the museum!