Experience Our Heritage

Category: Treasures from the Collection


What is Goodland’s Not-So-Secret Identity?  Can you name a person, place, thing or event that really stands out to you as a signature part of life in Goodland?  The High Plains Museum will be hosting a Kansas Town Hall Program in October and we are starting to look at how our identity has developed.  When one thinks of Read more…


What is Goodland’s Not-So-Secret Identity?  Can you name a person, place, thing or event that really stands out to you as a signature part of life in Goodland?  The High Plains Museum will be hosting a Kansas Town Hall Program in October and we are starting to look at how our identity has developed.  Our identity can be Read more…


Ever wish there was an easier way to fasten your boots with buttons?  What about shirts?  Well the good news is there is a way!  You can simply use a buttonhook to fasten those pesky buttons!


With the weather getting warmer it is time to start having fun outdoors!  The picture on the left shows a group on the Beaver on June 29, 1919 having a nice day together!  In the picture is Jack Miller, Edna Schiefen, Forest High, Wallace Wolff, Helen Powers, Hazel High, Dorothy Fike, and Bertha Sherrod.


This week I had a brand new experience!  For the first time I tried Swedish Fish, a chewy candy that tastes like fruit.  Throughout our lives we will have lots of new experiences, and some of these new experiences might come from a museum.


James M. Caldwell, sons Don and Dick Caldwell and son-in-law Maurice Peters started the company Caldwell’s in the 1920’s.  James worked for the Goodland Power and Light Co. and was chief electrician for the power company for seven years.  It was through his work at the Power and Light Plant that he learned about electrical wiring and Read more…


Did you have a favorite toy growing up?  Many of us did, and perhaps one such toy was a pull toy.  If this was your toy then you might remember taking walks or going on grand adventures with it!


Did you know in the early 1900’s Goodland had a ladies band?  The picture on the left shows an early ladies band from 1908.  Only three of the musicians are known; Ida Derby, Anna Neruda and Kate Neruda Kolacny and unfortunately we do not know which ones in the photograph they are.  The other members including the Read more…


Imagine you are in the year 1876 and you were traveling on the railroad out west.  How would you know what time trains arrive and depart from stations or find a map of the area you are traveling through?  These questions are answered in the railroads timetable!  Timetables are the booklet that the schedule of the arrivals Read more…


The photograph shows the dedication of the Central Airlines Service into the Goodland Airport in 1960.  On the top step we see Marjorie Cogswell, followed by two unknown women and the man is Mayor John Cogswell.  Named after Dr. Renner for his prominence in the flying community, today Renner Field no longer offers passenger service.  The airport Read more…