educational programs and exciting tours make a trip to the museum a great experience for all ages and interests. Want a tour or program? Contact Nona Miller, Curator of Education, for more information about what is available. We’re here to help!
Who wants to be a pioneer!
In celebration of Kansas becoming a state, the Smoky Hill Museum offers a taste of pioneer life to Salina and area third grade classes. Kansas Days will run from Monday, January 27 to Friday, January 31. Students will experience the 1860s through hands-on activities and demonstrations. This is offered free to schools, but because time and space is limited, it is necessary to sign up. If you’d like to receive an invitation letter, or would like to learn more about bringing your class to Kansas Days, contact Nona Miller at 785-309-5776 or email@example.com
The Educational Lending Library
Check out the newest addition to the Museum’s free Educational Lending Library!
Excavations at Fool Chief’s Village
There are insights and secrets in the dirt right beneath our feet – just waiting to be unearthed.
Fool Chief’s Village, a Kansa village, offers many such insights and secrets. It was occupied between 1830 and 1844, the largest of three villages in use. Things were changing fast. Treaties were being signed, cultures were clashing and a way of life was beginning to disappear for the People of the Plains. This visual presentation offers a history of the site, previous and current excavations, maps, images of discovered objects and conclusions. Tricia Waggoner, Highway Archeologist for the Kansas State Historical Society leads this interesting discussion.
To learn more about the lending library, including other available videos, see below.
Presentations may be checked out for one month with an opportunity for an extension if necessary.
An educational entity is any type of school, from a home school to a university classroom. The presentations shown to educational entities must be shown for educational purposes.
Videos may not be copied in any way.
To use this free service, call the Smoky Hill Museum at 785-309-5776 and ask for Nona Miller, Curator of Education.
Click on a title below to learn more about the presentation, and be sure to visit again as more will be added.
The American Grain Elevator by author Linda Laird.
History of Camp Phillips Dr. Merle “Boo” Hodges, shares about the men, the mission and the memory of Camps Phillips.
History of Schilling Air Force Base by Tim Rogers, executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.
Kansas Train Tales by Kansas author Robert Collins
Oceans of Kansas by Mike Everhart, Adjunct Paleontologist at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History
The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard presented by Erika Nelson.
The Two Greatest Cattle Trails by Dennis Garstang, member of the Wild West History Association.
Understanding the Maya and the 2012 Apocalypse: Fact or Fiction? By Dr. Heather McCrea, Assistant Professor of History at