Museum Support 

The Museum is an independent, non-profit organization that depends almost entirely on the financial help of friends and supporters. Donations are tax-deductible.  Farmers may want to donate commodities and gain added tax benefits.
 
Funds for the Museum's operation are raised in a number of different ways and are summarized below.
 

 

Life memberships :

  • $500 per person (monies benefit the museum's endowment fund)

 

Annual memberships :

  • Individual  $15

  • Couple  $30

  • Family  $40 (includes children or grandchildren 18 years of age and younger)

 

Membership benefits include :

  • Unlimited free visits to the museum

  • 10% discount on all museum store merchandise (Life Members receive 15% discount)

  • Annual members: one guest pass

  • Life Members: 5 guest passes per year

 
Special fundraising events :
  • Heritage Dinner in the spring (includes catered meal and entertainment)
  • Pizza Nights at Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite churches, before the Midweek services (during the winter months)
  • Car show  Sat. June 20, 2020
  • Country Threshing Days, held July 31, Aug.1-2, 2020
  • Annual fund-drive letter
Special projects:  Six of the museum's eight buildings are 100+ years old and require continual maintenance. 
Peeling paint on Schroeder Barn
Schroeder Barn face lift/ Goessel Museum

Before

During

Schroeder Barn Painting.JPG

The Schroeder Barn was in very bad shape.  The repairs and painting of the Barn happened in 2019

Read the Appeal Letter to find out how you can help.

Schroeder Barn family Descendants.JPG

Face lift celebration at Country Threshing Days Aug. 2019 

In the Last Few Years your donations have accomplished these improvements

The Krause House was fitted with new siding. Painting was done with volunteer labor.

Painting siding for the Krause House siding

July 2017 

Residing of the Krause House
John Janzen paints one-room school | Goessel Museum

July 2016 - volunteer and museum board member John Janzen painting the South Bloomfield one-room school

With contracted painting of the Friesen House, Bank Building, and two sides of Prep School.

New cedar shingles for the Krause House
New shingles for the Immigrant House

April 2018 

Already these improvements have been accomplished in 2018

  1. Re-roofed - the Bank Bulding (2015)

  2. Replaced - obsolete computer system (2014)

  3. Re-siding - Immigrant House with prepainted concrete siding (2014)

  4. New front door - at the Museum entrance, along with other new doors and windows on the Immigrant House (2014)

  5. New roof and porch project on the Friesen House (2012) 

  6. And the biggest undertaking of all, the Wheat Palace addition, which doubled display space of the agricultural artifacts (2011) 

This was a major accomplishment and a great credit to our then President of the Museum Board, Donavon Schmidt.  He did the leg work to raise the large amount of funds needed for the Wheat Palace addition.  This addition had been stuck in the talking and planning stages for decades                              Thank you Donavon !!!

Donavon S. dedicating new half Wheat Palace
Wheat Palace at | Goessel Museum

Originial Wheat Palace building (left)

new addition (right)

And another big thanks goes out to D. John Schroeder for the wonderful addition of trees and landscaping for the Museum grounds over the years.

Thank You sign at end of Museum driveway | Goessel Museum
Financial gifts, in any amount, are essential to the continued life of the Museum. You may designate your gift to any of the Special Projects listed above or to "where most needed".  Please make your check payable to MH & AM and send it to :
 
                                   Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum     
                                   P.O. Box 231
                                   Goessel, KS 67053-0231
 
                                   Your gift will be receipted and greatly appreciated. 
                 
                            
                                                     

We invite you to experience our Museum in person.  And please visit our website again.

May God bless you and keep you.