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The Kansas Heritage Center is located at 1000 North 2nd Avenue, Dodge CIty, Kansas. Our hours are 8 am5 pm weekdays, and we are open year-round, but follow school vacation schedules from AugustMay. Researchers are welcome to make use of the services listed below.
Limited research is available for out-of-town patrons for a fee.
Specialized libraryThe Kansas Heritage Center features a specialized library of over 6,000 volumes available to students, teachers, and anyone interested in research. Our collection covers U.S. exploration, the westward movement, Civil War, Territorial Kansas and statehood, development of the Old West, and contemporary themes. The Santa Fe Trail is one of the many primary topics of interest. The personal Kansas history collection of the late Dr. C. Robert Haywood, noted historian and author, is available to patrons of the Center.
PhotographsThe Center’s collection includes over 4,500 photographs of the Old West, early Dodge City, along with individuals, businesses, organizations, events, and activities from the community and some surrounding towns. Photographs date from 1872 to the present.
We will make copies or digital scans of most images for a fee.
Audio/visual materialsThe Center has a video collection of 500 titles on topics covering the history of Kansas, the Great Plains, and the Old West. Acquisitions since 2007 are DVD; earlier programs are VHS. Several hundred LP recordings are available and include frontier ballads and folk songs, Indian dances and chants, old radio shows, and history.
MicrofilmOur extensive microfilm collection features most of the newspapers published in Dodge City from 1876 to the present. Also available on microfilm are newspapers from several other Kansas towns, selected Kansas and U.S. census records, military records from Fort Dodge, and historic Sanborn Insurance maps from many Kansas communities. The Center has two microfilm reader/printers, one of which can produce copies up to 11 x 17 inches. Researchers and genealogists are welcome to use the collection during business hours.
Teaching kitsThe Center has developed kits for teachers to use in making history come alive for their students. Topics cover cowboys/ranch life, the Dust Bowl in Kansas, Plains Indians, and life in Kansas during the ’Teens. New to our collection is a large “tub” of books, realia, and other items related to the Santa Fe Trail. It was prepared by the Santa Fe Trail Association in cooperation with the National Park Service.
Check-out available to Kansas schools and Institutions only.
ProgramsAs schedules permit, Kansas Heritage Center staff present programs to regional school groups and organizations on historical topics related to Kansas, Dodge City, and the Santa Fe Trail.
Contact us for more information
Kansas Heritage Center
PO Box 1207
Dodge City KS 67801-1207
1000 North 2nd Avenue
(School administration building, main floor)
Dodge City, Kansas