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Several Linn County sites on Museum Passport program

Updated: 5 days ago

A program by the Young Historians program at the La Cygne Historical Society's museum draws several visitors. The museum will be a part of the Southeast Kansas Museum Alliance's Passport program. (Journal file photo)


The Southeast Kansas (SEK) Museum Alliance is launching its 2024 Museum Passport program. Passports will be available from participating museums and visitor centers, and will be given to visitors, guests, and patrons for free.


The La Cygne Historical Society museum, the Trading Post Museum and Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site in Pleasanton, and the Parker Community Historical Society museum are all listed on the tour. Passports will also be available at the La Cygne Library when the La Cygne museum is not open.


The free Passport will be available at participating Southeast Kansas Museum Alliance museums on Feb. 15, 2024. Step up to the challenge of grabbing a Passport and traveling through time in Southeast Kansas. Create an adventure to explore the struggles of past generations and gain a better understanding of the people and events that define Southeast Kansas!


The Museum Passport looks like an actual passport and gives information on each of the 49 participating museums and historical sites in Southeast Kansas. The Passport contains a map that shows the location of each museum and historical site and is designed so the visitor can plan an adventure into the history of southeast Kansas.


Each location is listed alphabetically, giving the address, phone number, hours of operation, and a picture of the site. If you happen to be visiting outside of the normal hours, give the site a call to see if a private tour is available. SEK Museums are accommodating. When visiting a museum, art gallery, or historical site, make sure to have your Passport “stamped.” Challenge friends and family to collect stamped pages.


The passport program, initiated in 2021, quickly asserted its worth to Kansas and other travelers who wanted a quality trip on a small budget. Because of its popularity, the program was rejuvenated this year, adding more museums to the passport as worthy destination points.


This handy little guide makes a great daytrip planner and an excellent tool for planning a family weekend. Flip through the pages and discover the uniqueness of southeast Kansas’ many museums. Discover how early Native Americans lived in Southeast Kansas and how early settlers migrated from eastern states to establish farms and engaged in ranching and mining. Learn more about the interesting people who forged this part of Kansas.


Visitors’ passports will be available from the following locations starting Feb. 15: Southeast Kansas Tourism, Kansas Crossing Casino, Coffey County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Coffeyville, Explore Crawford County, Independence Chamber of Commerce, Visit Fort Scott, and Labette County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.


Visitors may also receive a free 2024 Passport from the following museums:

• Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum, Baxter Springs;

• Coffey County Historical Society, Burlington;

• Caney Valley Historical Society, Caney;

• Cedar Vale Museum, Cedar Vale;

• Chanute Art Gallery, Chanute Historical Museum, Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute;

• Cherryvale Historical Museum, Cherryvale;

• Brown Mansion, Coffeyville Aviation Heritage Museum, Dalton Defenders Museum,Coffeyville;

• Johnston Geology Museum, Lyon County History Center, Red Rocks State Historic Site, Schmidt Museum of Natural History, Emporia;

• Mem-Erie Historical Society, Erie; 

• Greenwood County Historical Society & Museum, Eureka;

• Fort Scott National Historic Site, Gordon Parks Museum, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Fort Scott;

• Miners Hall Museum, Franklin;

• Wilson County Historical Society Museum, Fredonia;

• Galena Mining & Historical Museum Association, Galena;

• Galesburg Historical Society & Museum, Galesburg;

• Anderson County Historical Museum, Garnett;

• Girard History Museum, Girard;

• Grenola Historical Society, Grenola;

• Howard Benson Museum, Howard;

• IGC Sporting Heritage Center, Independence Historical Museum & Art Center, Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame, Little House on the Prairie, Independence;

• Allen County Historical Society, Iola;

• La Cygne Historical Society, La Cygne;

• Longton Historical Museum, Longton;

• McCune Osage Township Library & Museum, McCune;

• Neodesha Historical Museum, Neodesha;

• Oswego Historical Society, Oswego;

• Parker Community Historical Society, Parker;

• Oak Grove School House, Parsons Historical Museum, Parsons;

• Crawford County Historical Museum, Pittsburg;

• Trading Post Museum, Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, Pleasanton;

• Heart of the Heartlands Museum Complex, Scammon;

• Emmett Kelly Historical Museum, Sedan;

• Osage Mission-Neosho Co. Museum, St. Paul;

• Big Brutus, West Mineral; and

• Woodson County Historical Society, Yates Center.


The Passport program would not be possible without the generous support of the SEK Tourism Region, the Kansas Crossing Casino, and the Freedom Frontier National Heritage Area. Together with these sponsors and the participating museums, Southeast Kansas Museum Alliance is able to offer this travel passport free to SEK visitors. For more information about SEK Museums and the passport visit https://www.sekmuseums.org or https://www.facebook.com/SEKMuseumAlliance.

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