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Halstead Heritage Museum & Depot
Heritage Musem & Depot Hours: Saturday & Sunday 2-5 March thru December or by appointment at (316) 835-2267 or  316 835-2475. Admission: Free. Donations appreciated.

The Halstead Heritage Museum is divided into two original galleries - formerly the depot waiting rooms - Charles Basore Gallery and Lehman-Dreese Gallery. The Halstead Heritage Museum and Depot also has a gift shop and reference materials located in the former Station Master's Office. East of the main galleries are a newly opened Baggage Room Gallery, and the John & Marge Talbott Gallery, formerly the freight room.

Charles Basore Gallery. The east waiting room holds the Charles Basore Gallery. A life-long resident of the area, Mr. Basore was a collector and historian who shared his enthusiasm and love for local history through collections in his personal museum near Bentley, Kansas. The Basore Gallery contains permanent exhibits that give a brief overview of Halstead history. The Basore Gallery displays include:

  • The Founding and Naming of Halstead
  • Bernard Warkentin and His Introduction of Turkey Red Wheat to Kansas
  • Local Mennonite Heritage
  • Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler and The Halstead Hospital
  • The Halstead Hospital School of Nursing
  • Adolph Rupp known as the "Baron of Basketball" and other famous people that called Halstead home.
  • Halstead Public Schools
  • Original swan from the classic movie "Picnic" that was filmed in Halstead
  • Historic photos displayed in the Elliott Memorial Multiplex 

Lehman-Dreese Gallery. The west waiting room contains the Lehman-Dreese Gallery, named in recognition of the faithful and generous support given to the Halstead Historical Society by Gladys Dreese, who donated artifacts from her personal collection of family  memorabilia.  The Lehman-Dreese Gallery is designed to house rotating exhibits.  We have two special exhibits each year the first is displayed March thru July and the second is displayed August thru December. This allows us to display ours collection to greater advantage, remove items for conservation purposes, and develop more in-depth exhibits.  It also means that there is always something new to see at our Depot and Museum.

Current Exhibit:     Doll and Children's Quilts in Memory of the late Charlotte Wright
Placed in memory of one of Halstead's most avid quilters, a teacher and historian.  This display showcases several children's quilts made by the late Charlotte Wright for her daughers along with a gallery full of doll and baby quilts, beds and other articles made for or collected by Halstead area residents.   Also featured are doll cradles and an exquisite carved wooden baby cradle dated 1856.

Taves Gallery contains the private collection of Helen and the late Tom Collins.  This Husband and wife team shared their love of collecting.  For Tom, who worked for the Santa Fe, it was his passion to collect Santa Fe Rail Road memorabelia.  Helen, who was one of the last Harvey Girls in Newton, Kansas, got a passion for collecting Fred Harvey and Harvey House items that include tablewhere, menus, commemorative plates and other origional Fred Harcey and Harvey House artifacts.

The Talbott gallery includes some of our largest artifacts.  There is a Piano once owened by the first Mayor of Halstead, and origional hand-pulled fire wagon and  Where Have the Soldiers Gone, which includes biographies and land records of some 70 Civil War veterans (Union and Confederate) who settled around Halstead with their chilling stories of battle.

Library and Gift Shop  There are many items for sale to purchase as gifts or just to remind you of your visit with us.  Our library contains flies of photos, clippings and information about businesses, families and events in Halstead history.  City and township census records circa 1900 are available as well as informal photos of school groups through the years.


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