“Time’s fun when you’re having flies.” – Cast Iron Frog Door Stop

One of the earliest, if not the first, industries in McPherson was the Haight Foundry located at the intersection of the Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks in the west part of the city of McPherson. The foundry was active sometime in the early 1880s – the exact date has not been determined. It […]

Watch Your Step!

Strolling on the sidewalks in the early 20th century in Kansas, one might have noticed some of the bricks were stamped with “Don’t Spit On Sidewalk.” This motto was the brainchild of Dr. Samuel Crumbine, the secretary of the Kansas Board of Health from 1904 to 1920. Dr. Crumbine was ahead of his time when […]

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.  […]

“Love Comes from the Heart” Exhibit

‘LOVE COMES FROM THE HEART’ by Shirley Morris located in the front cases  Shirley Ann Goranson was born in Lindsborg, KS the year her parents moved to McPherson. She attended McPherson City schools and graduated from McPherson High School in May at the age of 17.  The following month she was hired as a secretary […]

McPherson County R. Bolton Smith Prints

Look what just arrived in the Kansas Gift Shop just in time for the holidays! R. Bolton Smith 11×14 prints of McPherson, Moundridge, Marquette, Lindsborg, Canton, Galva, and Inman. $65.00 + Tax per print – These won’t last long! https://www.mcphersonmuseum.com/shop/ Want a 16×20 print of your favorite town?? $110.00 + Tax per print. Call the […]

Big Boy No. 4014 Locomotive visits Museum

ALL ABOARD! The Big Boy No. 4014 Locomotive has made a stop at the McPherson Museum in the Mid-Kansas Model Railroad train exhibit now through January 2020. “Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million […]

Rotating Exhibits

The McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation rotates exhibits throughout the year in two locations. The first is located in the Hospitality Center. Display cases line the wall and have been host to numerous exhibits including basketry, wood carvings, sports memorabilia, antique radios, and toys. The Dick and Linda Nichols Expo Hall is where our larger […]

Oil and Gold: the McPherson Globe Refiners Basketball Story

Model Train Exhibit

Scenes from McPherson are being replicated in the Mid-Kansas Model Railroad layout. Iconic buildings from the past have been painstakingly produced in HO format to provide a background to the trains that travel around the track. The four branches of railroads that have served McPherson are displayed – The Rock Island, Union Pacific, Santa Fe, […]

Art Gallery

Housed in the Norene Catron Ketcherside Gallery of Fine Arts is the McPherson Schools Art Collection. The collection began in 1911 with the first art exhibition held at the high school. The students purchased two oil paintings and were gifted a third by Birger Sandzén. The art exhibitions continued until the mid-1930s with the school […]