Independence Historical Museum & Art Center - Independence, Kansas
The Independence Historical Museum & Art Center in Independence, Kansas combines the collections of the Independence Museum and the Montgomery County Historical Society collection. It fills 22 rooms of the former Post Office & Federal Building. .
The main floor of the Independence Historical Museum is used for art and special exhibitions, with the rest of the rooms filled with items about oil industry, Native American culture, military items, log cabin, one room school, general store, doctor's office, blacksmith shop, tools, dolls, and toys. One of the finest rooms is a display of old women's and children's clothes. There are also items related to people with local connections such as Alfred M. Landon, Bill Kurtis, Vivian Vance, William Inge, Jim Halsey, Osa Johnson, and Ossie Tranbarge.
In 2000, the Independence Museum acquired the Montgomery County Historical Society collection and then integrated the two collections. The name was then changed to The Independence Historical Museum, home of Montgomery County Historical Society.
copyright 2006-2023 by Keith Stokes