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Dec. 2018

in the museum now...

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Bob Staley What-Iz-It Collection on exhibit for Christmas Season through January 2019

Test your knowledge of the odd and unusual tools, gadgets - things Bob Staley collected through his auctioneering years.
When you get the Atchison County’s Museum pick up an answer sheet - but don’t cheat - wait until you make a guess to check and see if you were correct. The Staley collection is spread through the Museum - just look for the LOGO - shown at left and there are objects there for you to check out. We will also be putting these up on Facebook through December and January - so you can join in online too -
Do you know what the two objects shown at left? - Do you have a group that needs a program - the Artifact and Heirlooms and Staley What-Iz-Its are available just contact Chris Taylor at Atchison County’s Museum.

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Walter Yost - new paintings including recently donated Alaska painting

More details coming soon - thanks for your interest





Annual Meeting will feature stories from the Man In Stripes - John Laurie - Mon. Oct. 26th - 6 pm Social Hour - 7 pm Program

Atchison native, educator, author and maybe most recognized as the man in stripes on BIG 12 Football Saturdays - Dr. John Laurie will be the speaker for the Atchison County Historical
Society’s Annual Meeting program. Laurie will visit with the audience about his years growing up in Atchison with his parents Dave and Gerry Laurie (Dave Laurie was Mayor of Atchison) and brothers Dave and Phil. He will also discuss his professional experience in education and his insights on sports from the inside – what he describes as his avocation – officiating high school and college football and basketball.

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Laurie will headline the evening in the Atchison County Historical Society Museum in the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. 10th Street in Atchison – for the Annual Meeting & Program. The Museum will open for an evening Social Hour beginning at 6 p.m. with heavy snacks and refreshments. At 7 p.m. the Annual Meeting will convene for election of officers and board,special volunteer award and then followed at about 7:15 p.m. by Laurie’s program. “This is always a good turnout and we try to host a program with strong local ties,” said Chris Taylor, executive director of the Atchison County Historical Society. “This year we hosted a Smithsonian Traveling exhibit through the summer looking at how sports has shaped America – and now Dr. Laurie will kind of put a bow on the Smithsonian and local programs from the summer and look at sports from his unique perspective as the man on the field controlling the game. He also has an interesting perspective on our community, education and as an author he has a voice and opinions that are interesting and I think should be a able to connect a lot of important life views in a short period of time.”

Laurie has authored five books - most on his experiences and lessons learned as an official - but his latest is on "Killer Quotes..." Below are links to purchase his books online - note he will have a limited number of books available but you may also bring your own copy to be signed by Dr. John Laurie. - listing by author

Root, Root for Your Hometown Teams

Did you Miss Hometown Teams in Atchison? We will be sharing and archiving all the cool local stories online - check back here for all the fun. – And if you didn't share your story when the exhibit was in town you still can - we are looking for your favorite local sports memories to add to the SPORTS HISTORY of Atchison County. And remember to LIKE us on Facebook

We wear the colors of the teams we root for on our caps, jackets and sleeves – we play on the ball fields and courts in pickup games and organized leagues and we watch from our living rooms and the bleachers where our sons and daughters compete. Sports and our Hometown Teams are an integral part of who we are. Like this team from the past the 1930 Shannon Red Sox baseball team shared by Harold Scheopner.

shannon red sox

We have a new website and a new Facebook page (check us out and build our audience and join a new conversation about our County’s history and heritage). Our website has been redesigned (and still in progress) so it will work as well on your computer as your smartphone. Our new Facebook page can be linked to from our website or directly at

Hometown Teams was in the Museum June 27, 2015 through Aug. 9, 2015 and was one of our most popular exhibits since the 2004's Lewis and Clark Bicentennial

Our local exhibit included Atchison County’s sports notables like Joe Tinker, Oscar Heavy Johnson, Coach Ralph Nolan, Joan Lundstom Wells (this Kansas Hall of Famers is an Atchison County native who lead Lawrence High School to 15 state championships in volleyball), and our newest Hall of Famer from Atchison County – Matthew “Chic” Downing.

We will also examined “Team Colors” and how the wearing of Purple or Blue or Orange & Black can unite us as fans today – but in past eras the Color of your skin sometimes divided us. The story of the Lincoln School Kittens is part of that story of color even as they captures Kansas State Championships they were part of a divided Atchison High School. A life-size banner of the 1936 State Champion Kittens and their original basketball sideline bench is still on display in the museum.

While the story of the Kittens looks at an ugly part of our history on the other hand – Atchison County was the holdout in Kansas semi-pro baseball before the color line went up – Bert Jones, an African American baseball player and star in the late 1890s, was the last African American player on integrated teams in the Midwest. Often called “the Yellow Kid” in the newspapers of the time his teammates stood up for him to stay on their team until the tide of segregation finally was too much.


old uniform

A photo of part of a Midland College Football Uniform from early Atchison County History - around 1900 when football uniforms were a lot less protection than today.


The Hometown Teams Kansas tour is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. Support for Hometown Teams Kansas Tour has been provided by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, the Golden Belt Community Foundation and Hall Commercial Printing. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local support for the Atchison County stop of Hometown Teams from the Union Pacific Foundation.

About the Atchison County Historical Society

Established in 1967, the first museum was opened in 1968. The Society moved into the current museum, the 1880 Santa Fe Depot, in 1989. We host quarterly evening adult education programs and sponsor K-12 programming, including the monthly Pioneer Club for 4th-7th grade students.

The Atchison County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in the State of Kansas.

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About Independence Creek: Lewis & Clark Historic Site

Open Sunrise to Sunset year round. Located 5 miles north of Atchison's Main Street this site may be reached by car or by hiking/biking trail. The 13.5 acre site has reestablished the prairie as seen by the Corps of Discovery and encompasses a stretch of Independence Creek referred to by Captain William Clark in his July 4, 1804 journal entry. A pedestrian bridge completes the 5-mile trail link to the Atchison Riverfront. A re-creation of a 1724-1804 era Kanza Indian Earthlodge interprets the Kanza habitation of this location.

Physical location:

19917 314th Road, Atchison, KS

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Museum Hours & Admission

Summer Hours:

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday

noon to 5 pm Sundays

Winter Hours: (November - March)

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday

10 am to 4 pm Saturdays

noon to 4 pm Sundays (closed Jan & Feb)

Open to the public 350 days a year - closed: New Years, Sundays in January and February, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year's Eve.

Museum admission is by donation - requested donations $2-adults, $1-children, $1.50-seniors, $5-family.

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Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (913) 367 6238
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  • Address:
    Atchison County Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 201
  • 200 S. 10th Street, Santa Fe Depot
    Atchison, KS 66002