Freedom's Frontier
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Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Extraordinary events in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area forever changed America. In the nineteenth century, the nation turned its eyes to the Missouri-Kansas border, where peoples with diverse definitions of freedom collided, inciting and fueling a Civil War. The impact of these events is forever woven into the nation’s fabric.

The heritage area focuses on three main themes: Shaping the Frontier, Kansas/Missouri Border War and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom.

  • Shaping the Frontier:
    • For the half million pioneers who traveled on the Santa Fe, California, Mormon, and Oregon Trails, the Missouri/Kansas border was the jumping-off point. In this place where river travel ended, traders, miners, and emigrants purchased provisions and prepared for long overland treks. As they traveled west, many began to see the "permanent" Indian frontier beyond Missouri’s western border as an obstacle to Manifest Destiny.
  • Missouri/Kansas Border War:
    • When Kansas was opened for settlement in 1854, a border war ensured, capturing the nation’s attention. The Kansas-Nebraska Act nullified the uneasy balance established by the Missouri Compromise and left the territory’s future slave status in the hands of settlers. The stakes were high for both sides. The violence of the Missouri/Kansas Border War ushered in the Civil War, consumed the region in bloody conflict through war’s end, and devastated communities on both sides of the border.
  • Enduring Struggles for Freedom:
    • The nation’s struggle for freedom did not end with the Civil War. Though the war eliminated clashes over geography, efforts to break down society’s barriers continue. Since the Civil War, this place has inspired national policies and ongoing efforts to secure equal freedoms for all Americans.

Counties involved: Kansas – Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Wilson, Woodson, Wyandotte. 

African American History Trail

(316) 262-7651 601 N Water St, Wichita Map it
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Explore the African American History Trail in Kansas as it visits sites throughout the state. The sites include: Nicodemus,... Learn more

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

(913) 367-4217 223 N Terrace St, Atchison Map it
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Restored home where the internationally-famous aviatrix was born on July 24, 1897. Contains family heirlooms, displays,... Learn more

Atchison County Historical Society Museum and Santa Fe Depot

(913) 367-6238 200 S 10th St, Atchison Map it
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1880s Santa Fe Depot features History Museum with exhibits on Native American, Amelia Earhart, Lewis & Clark, Jesse Stone,... Learn more

Baker Wetlands Discovery Center

(785) 594-4700 1365 N 1250 Road, Lawrence Map it
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One of the most diverse habitats in Kansas, the Baker Wetlands encompasses 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife. Students,... Learn more

Banner Creek Observatory & Science Center

(785) 364-2641 22275 N Road, Holton Map it
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Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum

(620) 856-2385 740 East Ave, Baxter Springs Map it
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Outstanding museum with two floors of climate-controlled displays and research facility. Exhibits interpret the rich... Learn more

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park

(785) 883-2106 163 E 2000 Road, Wellsville Map it
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The Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is being developed on the site of the Battle of Black Jack, June 2, 1856. The goal... Learn more

Burlingame Schuyler Museum

(785) 654-3561 117 S Dacotah, Burlingame Map it
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Local history museum featuring the Santa Fe Trail, coal mining, farming, railroad, and fire department artifacts The museum... Learn more

Carroll Mansion Museum

(913) 682-7759 1128 5th Ave, Leavenworth Map it
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This 1880's Victorian house features elaborate handcrafted woodwork throughout the house, beautiful stained glass windows... Learn more

Coffey County Historical Museum

(620) 364-2653 1101 Neosho St, Burlington Map it
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Over 14,000 sq. ft. of displays. A recently built Gazebo dedicated to the Hoover family will be home to ice-cream socials,... Learn more

Constitution Hall

(785) 250-8228 427 - 429 S Kansas Avenue, Topeka Map it
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Topeka's first building is the historic Free State Capitol on the Kansas Territory. History was made here when free state... Learn more

Constitution Hall State Historic Site

(785) 887-6520 319 Elmore, Lecompton Map it
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James Henry Lane had a significant impact on Kansas history and is one of Constitution Hall’s more colorful characters. He... Learn more

Crawford County Historical Museum

(620) 231-1440 651 U.S. 69, Pittsburg Map it
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The largest museum in the area. Thousands of pioneer, mining & bootlegging artifacts. Visit our authentic one-room school... Learn more

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

(913) 897-2360 13800 Switzer Rd, Overland Park Map it
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At the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead visitors enjoy feeding farm animals, taking a hayride on a horse-drawn wagon, fishing... Learn more

Dietrich Cabin

(785) 242-1232 5th & Main Sts, Ottawa Map it

A 1859 walnut log home of a German immigrant family who struggled with prairie fires, border ruffians and severe drought in... Learn more

Edgerton Community Museum

(913) 893-6270 406 E. Nelson, Edgerton Map it

Edgerton, KS has a rich and vast history, and we hope to share that history with the public! The Edgerton Community Museum... Learn more

Ernie Miller Nature Center and Park

(913) 764-7759 909 N Hwy. 7, Olathe Map it
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Enjoy this 116-acre nature park consisting of a diverse range of habitats including tallgrass prairies, upland meadows,... Learn more

First Territorial Capital State Historic Site

(785) 784-5535 Bldg 693 E Huebner Rd., Fort Riley Map it
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Stone building where proslavery forces tried to guide the fate of Kansas Territory when the first Territorial legislature... Learn more

Flint Hills Discovery Center

(785) 587-2726 315 S 3rd, Manhattan Map it
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The Kansas Flint Hills protect the last remnants of unbroken tallgrass prairie. Once, the tallgrass prairie dominated the... Learn more

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

(620) 767-5882 207 W. Main St., Council Grove Map it
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The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway provides a glimpse of where the West begins in the vistas of open spaces and... Learn more

Fort Larned National Historic Site

(620) 285-6911 1767 KS HWY 156, Larned Map it
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Fort Larned is the most complete and best preserved military post of the Indian Wars era on the Santa Fe Trail. The Fort... Learn more

Fort Leavenworth

(913) 684-1719 Grant Ave, Fort Leavenworth Map it
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Many of the historic sites date back to the early days of the post. Follow the historical waysides tour, starting at the... Learn more

Fort Riley

(785) 239-2022 I-70 Exit 301, Fort Riley Map it
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Named for Major General Bennett C. Riley. Founded in 1853, the Post was originally established to protect settlers on the... Learn more

Fort Scott National Historic Site

(620) 223-0310 Old Fort Boulevard, Fort Scott Map it
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Approximately 26,000 visitors come to Fort Scott National Historic Site each year. Representing a military fort of the... Learn more

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

(785) 856-5300 200 W 9th St, Lawrence Map it
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Exhibit depicts the major themes of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, including stories of settlement, Border War... Learn more

Frontier Army Museum

(913) 684-3191 100 Reynolds Ave., Fort Leavenworth Map it
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Tells the story of Fort Leavenworth from 1827-1917, and the history of the Frontier Army from 1804 when Lewis & Clark... Learn more

Gardner Historical Museum, Inc.

(913) 856-4447 204 West Main Street, Gardner Map it
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The Gardner Historical Museum, Inc., was founded in 2002. One of the first actions of the organization was to purchase... Learn more

Gardner Junction Park

(913) 856-6464 32505 West 183rd Street, Gardner Map it
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This new park tells the story of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails. The park is part of the National Park Service. Learn more

Geary County Historical Museum

(785) 238-1666 530 N Adams, Junction City Map it
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This 3-story native limestone building is a unique and magnificent example of the stonecutters art. The museum served as a... Learn more

Glacial Hills Scenic Byway

(785) 945-6292 318 Broadway, Valley Falls Map it
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Glacial Hills Scenic Byway showcases the region of the state where unusual rocks were left by receding glaciers. It also... Learn more

Goodnow House State Historic Site

(785) 565-6490 2309 Claflin Rd, Manhattan Map it
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See the charming stone farmhouse built by Manhattan's founders, the Goodnows, who established the college that became... Learn more

Gordon Parks Museum / Center for Culture and Diversity

(800) 874-3722 2108 South Horton Street, Fort Scott Map it
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The Gordon Parks Museum highlights the life and work of Kansas-born photographer Gordon Parks. Exhibits, personal artifacts,... Learn more

Grinter Place State Historic Site

(913) 299-0373 1420 S 78th St, Kansas City Map it
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Grinter Place State Historic Site offers the ideal setting for meetings, events and parties. Just minutes away from Kansas... Learn more

Historic Topeka Cemetery

785-233-4132 1601 SE 10th Ave., Topeka Map it
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Humboldt Historical Museum Complex

(620) 473-2250 416 N 2nd St, Humboldt Map it
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1867 house, antique farm machinery, cannon, schoolhouse, miniature wagons, and baseball display. View Opothleyahola Civil War... Learn more

Huron Indian Cemetery

(913) 321-5800 7th and Ann Ave, Kansas City Map it
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Abandoned to the elements, many died of typhoid and cholera. The dead were then carried across to sacred ground, a high point... Learn more

John Brown Museum State Historic Site

(913) 755-4384 1000 Main St, Osawatomie Map it
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Witness pioneer life where Reverend Samuel and Florella Adair struggled to survive on the Kansas frontier while... Learn more

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

(913) 826-2787 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park Map it
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Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017 in our new home at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, the Johnson County... Learn more

Kansas Museum of History

(785) 272-8681 6425 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka Map it
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Visit award-winning exhibits on colorful characters and everyday folks from Kansas' past. You'll see a full-sized Cheyenne... Learn more

Kansas Route 66 Historic Byway

Baxter Springs Map it
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Kansas' Historic Route 66 Byway offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy a variety of experiences to "get their own kicks"... Learn more

Kansas Territorial Capital Museum

(785) 887-6148 609 E Woodson, Lecompton Map it
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Construction was begun in 1855 on the building intended as the Territorial Capitol but work was suspended in 1857 when it... Learn more

Konza Prairie Biological Station

(785) 587-0441 100 Konza Prairie Lane, Manhattan Map it
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8,600 acres of quiet, rolling hills marked with flint and limestone dominate the landscapes around Manhattan KS. Kansas State... Learn more

KU Natural History Museum

(785) 864-4450 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence Map it
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Nationally recognized for its public exhibits and collections, research and graduate education, the museum's exhibits focus... Learn more

Lanesfield Historic Site

(913) 893-6645 18745 S. Dillie Rd, Edgerton Map it
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Step back in time to a turn of the 20th century one-room school experience! Dip a pen in an ink well and practice your... Learn more

Lansing Historical Museum

(913) 250-0203 115 E Kansas Ave, Lansing Map it

The Museum's collection includes artifacts from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, the Kansas State Penitentiary,... Learn more

Lawrence Public Library

(785) 843-3833 707 Vermont St., Lawrence Map it
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A wonderful place to take your child for Library special events, story time and games. Learn more

Lewis & Clark Park at Kaw Point

(913) 573-8327 One River City Drive, Kansas City Map it
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at Kaw Point, the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, on June 26, 1804. The... Learn more

Linn County Museum/Genealogy Library

(913) 352-8739 307 E Park St, Pleasanton Map it

Take a tour through the Linn County Museum and view some of the earliest history in Kansas. You will learn about the Indians... Learn more

Little House on the Prairie Museum

(620) 289-4238 2507 County Rd 3000, Independence Map it
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Replica of Ingall's 1870 cabin at the original site. Discover the pioneer way of life of the Ingalls family at this... Learn more

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

(620) 223-1312 1 S. Main, Fort Scott Map it
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Come take a free tour of our exciting exhibits and learn about Unsung Heroes who have made a profound impact on the course... Learn more

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

(913) 971-5111 1200 East Kansas City Road, Olathe Map it
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Living History: 1860s Style! Mahaffie Historic Site is the only remaining stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail preserved for... Learn more

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site

(913) 352-8890 20485 Hwy 52, Pleasanton Map it
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In May 1858, proslavery men gunned down 11 free-state men in a ravine that is now an important landmark. The shootings... Learn more

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge

(913) 352-8956 24141 Kansas Highway 52, Pleasanton Map it
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The Marais des Cygnes NWR was established in 1992 for the protection and restoration of bottomland hardwood forests. ... Learn more

Merriam Historic Plaza

(913) 403-8999 6304 East Frontage Road, Merriam Map it
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Explore the history of Merriam, Kansas from pre-settlement to current day on this self-guided outdoor walking path which... Learn more

Miami County Kansas Historical Museum

(913) 294-4940 12 E Peoria, Paola Map it
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Native American historic artifacts from the 1840s. Smithsonian traveling exhibit. Learn more

Midland Railway

(785) 594-1335 1515 W High St, Baldwin City Map it
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Midland Railway operates a train that travels through scenic Eastern Kansas' rolling farmland and woods using early 1900s... Learn more

Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site

(785) 352-8890 20485 Hwy 52, Pleasanton Map it
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At Mine Creek in 1864 a large body of Union cavalry swept down on the rear of Confederate General Sterling Price's supply... Learn more

Mound City Historical Park

(913) 795-2074 PO Box 95, Mound City Map it
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As one of the first settled counties in Kansas, Linn County enjoys a strong and proud history. The Mound City Historic Park... Learn more

Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie

1/4 Mile South of K-99/K-18 Intersection, Wamego Map it
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Envisioned over 50 years ago as place to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the Connecticut abolitionists who... Learn more

Museum at Prairiefire

(913) 333-3500 5801 W. 135th St., Overland Park Map it
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The Museum at Prairiefire is the heartland outpost of New York’s famed American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). This museum... Learn more

Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture

(913) 324-5348 455 East Park Street, Olathe Map it
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Many visitors have experienced the museum, which offers the opportunity to learn about the rich heritage of being Deaf in... Learn more

National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

(913) 721-1075 630 N 126th St., Bonner Springs
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The purpose of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame is to educate society on the historical and present value of... Learn more

Native Stone Scenic Byway

(785) 765-2353 PO Box 67, Alma Map it
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The Native Stone Scenic Byway follows the rolling terrain of the Flint Hills surrounded by stone fences that mark the end of... Learn more

New Lancaster General Store & Winery

(913) 377-4689 36688 New Lancaster Rd, Paola Map it
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Middle Creek Winery's tasting room at the historic New Lancaster General Store is an exciting trip back in time! Have fun... Learn more

Nicodemus National Historic Site

(785) 839-4321 510 Washington Ave #B1, Nicodemus Map it
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Nicodemus is located on Highway 24, halfway between Webster Lake and Hill City. Established in 1877, Nicodemus is the only... Learn more

Old Castle Museum

7855948380 511 5th St, Baldwin City Map it
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Old Castle Hall, built in 1858, is an excellent example of vernacular architecture, listed on the National Register. It was ... Learn more

Old Depot Museum

(785) 242-1250 135 W Tecumseh, Ottawa Map it
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The Old Depot Museum is an 1888 two story passenger train depot and today serves as a local history museum. The museum is... Learn more

Old Jefferson Town

(785) 863-2070 Hwy 92/59, Oskaloosa Map it
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Picturesque village preserving historic buildings and artifacts. John Stuart Curry Home. Learn more

Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site

(785) 251-6989 124 NW Fillmore Street, Topeka Map it
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Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, located on the Oregon Trail in Topeka, Kansas, is a 6-acre historic site... Learn more

Old Quindaro Museum

816-820-3615 3432 N. 29th Street, Kansas City Map it
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Quindaro Museum preserves and promotes the historical and cultural awareness, educational value and overall importance... Learn more

Osage Mission & Neosho County Museum

(620) 449-2320 203 Washington St, Saint Paul Map it
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Osage Mission was established in 1847 as a Catholic Mission to the Osage Indians. The museum celebrates this, and other,... Learn more

Ottawa & Franklin County Visitor Information Center

(785) 242-1411 2011 E Logan, Ottawa Map it
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Welcome home. Built in 2002, the Franklin County Visitors Center is reflective of the historic homes and buildings in this... Learn more

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

(913) 685-3604 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park Map it
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The Botanical Gardens offer a succession of colorful displays. They are designed around several thematic concepts and form... Learn more

Plaza Cinema Movie and Memorabilia Museum

(785) 242-5555 209 S Main St., Ottawa
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The oldest operating cinema in America, The Plaza Cinema, 209 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kansas. The movie memorabilia museum... Learn more

Prairie Park Nature Center

(785) 832-7980 2730 Harper St., Lawrence Map it
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Prairie Park Nature Center features prairie, woodlands, and wetlands.  The nature center preserve and education building are... Learn more

Prairie Trail Scenic Byway

(620) 242-7133 617 N Hartup St, McPherson Map it
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The Prairie Trail Scenic Byway offers scenic, historic, natural, cultural, archeological, recreational amenities as well... Learn more

Quindaro Ruins & Overlook

(913) 573-5100 27th and Sewell, Kansas City Map it
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Peek into the past at the stone and brick foundations that still stand at the port of entry for free soil immigrants... Learn more

Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum

(913) 682-8772 412 Kiowa St, Leavenworth Map it
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View memorabilia from General Colin Powell, Buffalo Soldiers, uniforms, freedom papers from former slaves, photographs,... Learn more

Riley County Historical Museum

(785) 565-6490 2309 Claflin, Manhattan Map it
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The story of Manhattan's beginnings, as well as that of many of the surrounding communities of Riley County, involves the... Learn more

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Library

(620) 285-2054 1349 K-156 Hwy, Larned Map it
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A large museum tells the history of the Plains Indians, Mexicans and Americans along the historic route of the Santa Fe... Learn more

Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site

(913) 262-0867 3403 W 53rd, Fairway Map it
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Come and see the manual training school attended by Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. The... Learn more

Shawnee Town 1929

(913) 248-2360 11501 W 57th, Shawnee Map it
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Southeast Kansas Nature Center and Shoal Creek Wildlife Area

(620) 783-5207 3511 S Main St, Galena Map it
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Located about one mile south of Galena on the east side of K-26. The entrance is just north of the bridge over Shoal... Learn more

Sumner Elementary

(785) 554-8576 330 S.W. Western Ave., Topeka Map it
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Sumner School was one of 18 white schools in Topeka and was located only a few blocks away from Oliver Brown’s home. With... Learn more

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

(620) 273-8494 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City Map it
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Nearly 11,000 acres of wide open space, beautiful vistas, seasonal wildflowers, wildlife, bison herd, and plenty of... Learn more

Territorial Democratic Headquarters

(785) 887-6148 226 E 2nd St, Lecompton Map it
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Originally constructed as the home of William Simmons, who operated a ferry across the Kansas River. The log cabin portion of... Learn more

The Historic Ritchie House

(785) 234-6097 1116 SE Madison, Topeka Map it
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Take a step back into history at the Ritchie House! This is believed to be Topeka's oldest home and was built by... Learn more

The Kansas Riverkings Museum

(785) 393-9525 1 Riverfront Plaza, Lawrence Map it
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The Kansas Riverkings Museum tells the story of men who once fished the Kaw River to sell their catch commercially 1890-1970.... Learn more

The Prairie Center and Prairie Center Archery Range

(913) 856-7669 26325 W 135th, Olathe Map it
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Located west of Olathe about 3 miles west of K-7 on W. 135th St. An archery range is located on the west side of the... Learn more

The Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum

(913) 321-1220 3436 North 27th Street, Kansas City Map it

Housed in the historic Vernon MultiPurpose Center, the museum has several artifacts and documents that tell the story of the... Learn more

Tonganoxie Community Historical Society

(913) 845-2960 201 W Washington, Tonganoxie Map it
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Included are the 1932 Fairchild-Knox Dairy Barn with hay barn and milking parlor; the Honey Valley School House, District... Learn more

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

(785) 580-4400 1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka Map it
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The Topeka Room supports research about Topeka and the Philip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center. Its history, antiques, art... Learn more

Trading Post Museum

(913) 352-6441 15710 N 4th Street, Pleasanton Map it
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The Trading Post Museum is located in Trading Post, the oldest existing settlement in Kansas. Among the artifacts... Learn more

Wabaunsee County Historical Museum

(785) 765-2200 227 Missouri, Alma Map it

Artifacts from the mid-1880s to the mid-1940s. Displays set up in rooms, store fronts, and glass cases. A Reo fire truck,... Learn more

Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum

(785) 783-4420 716 N. 1190 RD., Lawrence Map it
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This quaint museum pays tribute to the founders who settled in the valley along the Wakarusa River west of Lawrence and to... Learn more

Wakefield Museum

(785) 461-5516 604 6th St, Wakefield Map it
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The Wakefield Museum, founded in 1974, consists of over 7,000 square feet of displays preserving the history of the Wakefield... Learn more

Watkins Museum of History

(785) 841-4109 1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence Map it
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The Watkins Museum hosts exhibits and programs exploring the cultural heritage of Douglas County from its settlement in the... Learn more

Wilson County Historical Museum

(620) 378-3965 420 N 7th, Fredonia Map it

Eclectic collection of pioneer and indian artifacts housed in former 1915 sheriff's residence and jail. Also houses extensive... Learn more

Wyandotte County Historical Museum

(913) 573-5002 631 N 126th St, Bonner Springs Map it
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History buffs and visitors enjoy the rich heritage that Wyandotte County has to offer.

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