March 2009

One of our new Interactive Stations

One of our new Interactive Stations


In the current economy, free is a powerful word. If you come to the Wyandotte County Museum, you can learn about the county history, view our special exhibition, Mugged: A Rogue’s Gallery, play with interactives, listen to the native Wyandot language and see a rare Metropolitan Steam Pumper Fire Engine, all for free! 

We hear countless visitors say what a great place the museum is and that they didn’t know it existed.  Well, we are here 6 days a week, waiting for you to visit.  And, even better, we are free of charge, which is a rarity these days.

This Sunday at 2pm is a free program at the museum about the history of the Leavenworth Pen. Ken LaMaster, of Leavenworth, will be sharing stories and historical tibbits about the “big house.”  This program is in conjunction with our current exhibition, Mugged: A Rogue’s Gallery.  We hope to see you on Sunday!

The Kansas City Star did a story on LaMaster and the release of his book, U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth ($19.99, Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing). To read the story, visit

For an inside look at his book, visit Arcadia Publishing

scan10174The Wyandotte County Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, History News.  The Spring 2009 edition, Vol. V, Issue 2 is hot off the press.  If you are not a member of the Historical Society, please consider joining to receive this newsletter in your mailbox.  Membership forms are available at the front desk of the museum.

Today I finished the Mugged: A Rogue’s Gallery exhibition! The “Pretty Boy” Floyd artifacts were delivered to the museum late yesterday afternoon and they are now on display in the auditorium, with the Mugged traveling exhibition, a display of KCK Police Department artifacts and information on William LaTrasse. This is a fun FREE exhibit for the entire family, so come on over to the Wyandotte County Museum and take a look for yourself.

As a reminder, the exhibit will be on display until Saturday, May 30. Call 573-5002 for more information.

Installation of Mugged: A Rogue's GalleryInstallation2

Today I am starting to install our next exhibition, Mugged: A Rogue’s Gallery! There are some amazing images from the National Archives…stay tuned for more information.