COVID-19 Protocols

For the safety of all of our guests and staff, we have established a COVID-19 protocol for the museum and rentals. If you have an upcoming event or would like to rent a room at the museum, please call 620-241-8464 or email for more information. Thank you for understanding.

Changes to Museum Hours

We have decided to change the hours of the museum to the public. We feel that these changes are beneficial to both our staff and our guests. The hours to the museum for the public are now 1pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The museum is still open Saturdays, 11am to 5pm. Our staff will […]

McPherson High School Class Reunion Has Been Cancelled

Due to COVID-19 and following the restrictions and guidelines provided by the McPherson County Health Department on groups gathered in public spaces, we have decided to cancel the reunion for the safety of our staff and guests. If you have any questions please call the museum at 620 241 8464. Thank you.

The Museum will open on June 1st.

The McPherson Museum will be open to the public beginning June 1.  We will ask that guests practice social distancing and you are encouraged to wear a mask.  The Museum staff will do everything possible to make your visit enjoyable and safe. Also, the Museum is available for rentals to groups of 30 or less.  […]


Chester- the piglet with one head and two bodies One of the stranger things in the museum’s collection is Chester – a mutant piglet that was born with one head and two bodies. For years he was on display in the museum at its former location on East Euclid. Chester was one of the more […]

Go Sleep With a Piggy

Henderson Foot Warmer c. 1912-1939 In the days before our homes were made comfortable by central heating, people found other ways to stay warm and toasty in their beds. Besides piling on thick layers of blankets and quilts, an assortment of devices was used to try to keep the chill off at night. Some were […]

A Flock of Cow Birds – Birds carved from cattle horns c. 1939

Birds carved from cattle horns c. 1939 The 1930s were a bleak time in our nation’s history and especially in Kansas. The Great Depression was in full swing with the crash of the stock market, high unemployment, and people feeling a sense of hopelessness. To compound matters, the farming regions were experiencing drought causing the […]

All Schools Day 1948 to 1963 – See anyone you know?

We may not be able to view the All Schools Day parade “live and in person,” but here is a glimpse from yesteryear courtesy from our Board President Gary Casebeer. “Since there is no All Schools Day celebration this year I thought I would share a project I’m working on. It involves dating and organizing […]

A Rattle Fit for a King – Porcelain baby rattle of Prince (later King) Louis Philippe I of France

In 1949 the people of France donated items to the United States as a way of saying thank you for the food and supplies that had been sent to France after World War II. The French people donated so many things that they were able to fill 49 railroad boxcars. Dubbed the “Merci Train” or […]

He’s So Ugly He’s Cute! – Tesuque Rain God

c. 1900-1925 During the 1880s, the potters of the Tesuque Pueblo in New Mexico began producing small pottery figurines. These were marketed as traditional and sacred ceremonial “Rain Gods.” In reality, they were neither traditional nor ceremonial and were produced strictly for the tourist trade. By the early 1900s, the little statues were being churned […]