Riley County Historical Museum

Discover the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library. 
Admission is free!

Upcoming Programs

Time Travel to the 1880's 
From the Manhattan Public Library 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Admission Free

This three-part series looks back at Manhattan and Riley County during the pivotal period
 of the 1880’s.  The series kicks off the 2018 commemoration of the 150th anniversary of
 the building of the Wolf House at 630 Fremont, Manhattan, constructed by John Frank in 1868.  In 1982 Mrs. Lucile Wolf donated the house, and a large collection of furnishings, to the Riley County Historical Society.  The Society opened the Wolf House Museum in 1983.  The standing exhibit at the Wolf House Museum illustrates Riley County home life in the 1880’s.   At the conclusion of the 1880’s series a special coordinating tour of the
Wolf House will be offered on April 19, 2018.

The programs will be presented by Riley County Historical Museum staff:  Cheryl Collins, Director; Linda Glasgow, Curator of Archives/Library; Corina Hugo, Curator of Collections; Allana Saenger Parker, Curator of Design, along with Marla Day, Kansas State University Historic Costume and Textiles Museum Senior Curator and member of the Board of
Directors of the Riley County Historical Society. 

Program #1 January 18, 2018 @ Manhattan Public Library
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
#1 - Welcome to the 1880's: the Glitter and the Gloom
#2 - Kansas State Agricultural College: More than a Farmer's Education
#3 - Food, Health, and Sometimes Wellness
Wrap-Up - Snippets of 1880's history/questions

Program #2 February 8, 2018 @ Manhattan Public Library
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
#1 - Providers of Good Taste: People, Businesses, Furnishings
#2 - The Ballot, the Bottle, and Bad Times
#3 - The Influential, Infamous, and Interesting: Manhattanites of the 1880's
Wrap-Up - Snippets of 1880's history/questions

Program #3 March 15, 2018 @ Manhattan Public Library
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
#1 - The Beautiful City: Downtown Manhattan in the 1880's
#2 - Bonnets, Bustles, and Boot Straps: Fashion Fads of the 1880's
#3 - 1880's Eccentrics, Oddities, and Interestingly Intriguing 
Wrap-Up - 1880's Fun and Final Thoughts

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Tour: April 19, 2018 
Wolf House Museum, 630 Fremont @ 7:00 p.m.

A special moonlight tour of the Wolf House Museum will be held
April 19, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This tour will coordinate with the three-part series on the 1880's. 

Thank you to the Manhattan Public Library for its help with this series.  We also wish to thank UFM and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for inspiring the 1880’s research used in this program.

Current Exhibits

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Historical Sites

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Archives & Library

Research Riley County history in the research library

Please call ahead to make an appointment to conduct research in the
Fay N. and Dora Seaton Memorial Library and Archives.

Brief History of Riley County

Read about the history of Riley County.

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