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JennaMy kid loves visiting here, and we do so often. The changing exhibit is always interesting, and the permanent ones can be alot of fun.

Special Exhibit

A Place to Call Home

October 27, 2023 to March 23, 2024

In the early days, Kansas was filled with challenges and plenty of dangers. Imagine arriving in a vast wilderness with few resources and enduring all that Kansas weather can muster. With limited options for supplies, making a home on the prairie was not for the timid or faint of heart. Nonetheless, thousands traveled to Kansas to stake their claim and create a new life.

Whether on foot, horseback, wagon, train or boat—they came. Whether bringing a wagon stuffed with goods or empty pockets—they came. Alone or in families—they came. The great immigration of settlers into Kansas started in the mid-1850s, swelled after the Civil War and continued through the late 1800s.

In this exhibit, hear from those who risked it all through diary entries. These stories share the decisions immigrants made, the hardships they faced and the hope that brought them to Kansas.

 A Place to Call Home offers two hands-on activities to spur engagement. Visitors explore and experience the trail like an 1800s pioneer with the interactive “Who will prevail–You or the Trail?” This interactive challenges their knowledge to see if they would survive as pioneers. The interactive, “The Immigrant in You,” asks visitors to show from where they or their family immigrated to Kansas.


Special thanks to the following exhibit sponsors: