Trip to Northeastern Corner of Kansas


Native American Heritage Museum
Presbyterian Indian Mission museum gallery sign explains general history Indian blanket wall mural newel post creek draw
Completed in 1846, this building was a Presbyterian Indian Mission to the Iowa and Sac & Fox Indians. The mission currently houses the Native American Heritage Museum of Kansas. This panel explains a general history of the mission. This Indian blanket uses the outline of a hand as a symbol of hospitality. A wall mural in the building was painted by an artist named Miller. This original newel post is work of 
a true craftsman.
The site of the mission is along a creek draw. It is also along the Oregon trail, with ruts still visible nearby.
American Indians represented in this award winning museum include Chippewa, Commanche, Delaware, Iowa, Kansa, Kickapoo, Osage and Shawnee, among others. Exhibits include work by current Native American crafts persons. Learn more interesting facts about the mission by visiting Kansas Tour site.

Barn Again!
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Smithsonian traveling exhibit
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barn painting mortise and tennon joint scaled barn structure real barn outside a window barn lunchboxes
This illustration 
is a facetious look at advertising using barns and
silos.
This is an example of a beautiful mortise and tennon joint, commonly used in barn construction. This small scale model of a barn shows elaborate interior construction. It seemed appropriate to see a barn just outside the back window of the mission. This metal lunch box and children's book show how pervasive  references to the barn are in our culture.

old building Highland Community CollegeHighland, Kansas
Highland Community College is the oldest two-year college established in Kansas. It was founded in 1858. I expect that the Highland community is proud of its school. The building at left is the oldest. There is a campus of newer buildings surrounding this one.


Victorian-era building with towersHiswatha, Kansas
This building is located on the town square of Hiawatha, Kansas. Hiawatha is just west of Highland on US36. Smithsonian's "Barn Again!" exhibit is to be displayed at the Brown Co. Agricultural Museum in Hiawatha, March 3-31, 2000. A nice family restaurant, Gus's, sits on the north side of the main street, directly across from the county court house.


Valley Falls, Stewart Hardware Store
The proprietress of the Stewart Old Store has helped run the place since 1950. She was proud of her store and showed us all the important details. We saw heavy cast iron machinery in the back shop--still used to manufacture hardware pieces. We saw the original cash register, which has drawers for silver dollars and a lock box for inserting $20. gold pieces. The store was established in 1890 and owned, long ago, by this woman's father-in-law.
-- 412-416 Broadway, 785-945-3332
draws made from annunition boxes keg of square nails two nail kegs
These drawers, at the front of the store, are made from ammunition boxes. This keg contains square nails. Each of us was given a nail as souvenir of our visit. These two kegs, in the oldest part of the shop, stored various sizes of nails.

All photos © 2000 by Carol Yoho
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