61st Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit
The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center is proud to announce that the 61st Annual Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit was held during the Independence Astra Arts Festival. It will continue on after the festival until July 26, 2014 during the regular Museum hours. Click on the link above to see the winners for this year's exhibit.
At the end of the exhibit, Silent auction of "The Royal Tiger Hunt", a limited edition giclee archival print from illustrator/author Tim Raglin's forthcoming picture book entitled: "Footsteps in Katmandudu" will conclude. The story follows dog detectives Scott & West to India where they partake in a traditional tiger hunt. Be sure to come to the museum before the end of the VVAE exhibit to place your bid.
Check out our gift shop. We have many exciting items on display. Gift Shop link.
Miss Able (Our Local Space Traveler)
Independence Kansas and the modern communication revolution: How FDR, Mickey Mantle, Adolf Hitler, A Samurai and a Rhesus Monkey (Miss Able) conspired to give us the wireless phone.
WW1 100th Anniversary Exhibit
This exhibit opens July 28, 2014 from 1-4PM. It will be open until August 10, 2014.
Click here to see the poster with information about the exhibit.A special program on August 1 at 7:30PM - will be given by Nicholas Murray "The World Map After Armistice". Click here to read about this informative presentation.
On August 9th, from 1-3PM we will host a WWII veterans reunion for area veterans and anyone who was stationed or worked at the Independence Army air Base.
This quilt will be on display during the WW1 exhibit. August 9, 2014 will be the final day for the drawing for this beautiful quilt.
Community Cultures Exhibit
Part I and II have been shown previously.
Following is the remainder of the series:
Part III: Germanic - August/September
Part IV: American Indian - November
To view the poster for all four exhibits, click here.
Coming in 2015
Home Town Teams: The Hometown Teams partner exhibit will feature multiple activities that will enhance the themes of the traveling Smithsonian exhibition and provide an opportunity to engage all ages in baseball events. Click here to read more.
We have a new fund Raiser with Schwans.com. Please use the Campaign ID of 3132 when ordering. The museum will be getting a portion of each sale during the year campaign. A sample order form is here. You can go to www.schwans.com to place your order. Schwans also has an APP which you can download onto your phone, etc. That address is www.schwans.com/app.
The current and prior years' newsletters are available for download at Newsletters.
Luncheons are held each month on the second Friday at 12 Noon from September through May. There are only special events during the summer months. Be sure to make reservations each month. The current month's newsletter lists the menu for the day.
Wi-FI is now available in the museum for your use. You can research your family history or other research items.. You can bring your own computer, or use one of the computers available. The WIFI and the coffee bar are open during regular business hours.