Experience Our Heritage

Category: Treasures from the Collection


Al Capone, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp and Jessica Chastain all have one thing common, and it has to do with their shoes!  What is this commonality?  Spats!


Hobby Clubs started in the early 1900’s and were for men with hobbies.  According to the 1911 Constitution of the Hobby Club, Article 1 “The object of the club shall be to encourage the collection of literary, artistic and scientific works; to aid in the development of literary, artistic and scientific matters;  to promote social and literary Read more…


Goodland has had some very prominent doctors over the years, and one such doctor was Doctor A.C. Gulick.  Born in 1869 in Wisconsin he earned his degree at the Medical College at Philadelphia and took classes at the Chicago School of Medicine and the University of Kansas and spent time with the Mayo Brothers.  He chose Goodland Read more…


Sphygmomanometer.  We’ve all seen one before and probably even used one before; we just did not know its name.  So what is a sphygmomanometer you ask?


Did you know Goodland had two opera houses?  The first opera house was located on West 10th Street between Sherman and Center Streets and went by the name of the Goodland Opera House and later, the Walker Opera House.  It was owned and operated by W.P.K. Hedrick and was first opened on April 6, 1889.  One of Read more…


When you hear the word zither, what comes to mind?  Would a stringed instrument from Austria leap to yours?


Did you know Goodland had a Welcome Wagon during the 60’s?  The photograph on the left is from 1960 and was taken during the welcome wagon groups meeting.  The two women seated in front are the co-hostesses, Pat Knudson and Francis Maricle.  The welcome wagon would come around to people new in the community and have items Read more…


Have you guessed the object?  It is a pinafore!  A pinafore according to Merriam-Webster is a sleeveless usually low-necked garment fastened in the back and worn as an apron or dress. 


Take a look at this object.  Can you tell me what it is?  Please leave your answers in the comments section below and if you guess correctly you’ll get a prize!  Stay tuned later in the afternoon for the answer!


Have you ever had a hat that lost its shape?  The way to prevent that would be a hat stand.  A hat stand can be short or tall.  All hat stands have a base with a rod and a knob at the top.  The difference in size comes from the difference in the size of the rod.  Read more…