Imigrant House replica | Goessel Museum
Turkey Red Wheat Palace | Goessel Museum | Mennonite Museum
Schroeder Barn Painting
Friesen House | Goessel Museum
Krause House | Goessel Museum
South Bloomfield School | Goessel Museum
Goessel State Bank | Goessel Museum
1906 Prep School | Goessel Museum | Mennonite Museum

Each of the 8 buildings tells a different story.

Our Story

The Museum is a living tribute to the people who settled in what is now the Goessel community.  Telling the story of Low-German Mennonite families who left the steppes of So. Russia (Ukraine now) in 1874, for the religious freedom on the Kansas prairie.
 
Dedicated in 1974, the Museum complex was established to preserve the memory of our ancestors and the artifacts from early households, farms, schools, churches and the hospital in our Mennonite community.

The Immigrant House replica has a room recreating the living conditions for the first few months or for some,

even years. 

Replication of interior-Immigrant House | Goessel Museum
Immigrant House replica
Turkey Red Wheat Palace
Schroeder Barn
Friesen House
Krause House
Goessel State Bank building
South Bloomfield one-room school
1906 Preparatory School
Imigrant House replica | Goessel Museum

South Bloomfield School is a typical one-room rural school house. In years past one-room schools could be seen dotting the country side, about every two square miles.

 

 

South Bloomfield School | Goessel Museum
South Bloomfield one room school | Goessel Museum

The museum has three Mennonite Russian 

clocks

These clocks were treasured possessions and were very carefully brought over from Russia.

In the Immigrant House building, there are about 30 family display cases that include belongings of our ancestors. Some of these artifact are the very articles that were brought with them from Russia in 1874.

  

Death shroud.  Oral tradition has it that Russian government required each immigrant to have a shroud, in the event of their death at sea.

"Plowshares" an outdoor metal sculpture (the welded metal sculpture is 650 pounds) and depicts the biblical saying "and they shall beat their swords into plowshares"

Isaiah 2 : 4.  It was presented to the Museum by A.J. "Arlie" Regier of Overland Park, to celebrate the Centennial of the Mennonites' arrival to Kansas in '74.

The destructive swords are sculpted into a plowshare, a tool used to produce food. The heavy plow beam has no handle, symbolizing that much labor formerly done by hands, is now performed through technological means. Various types of wheat heads symbolize change.

 

Sculpture | Goessel Museum

The families that settled here were farmers and brought with them the Turkey Red Wheat.  For threshing the wheat they brought along a pattern to make this threshing stone to use in this country.

Mennonite painted furniture | Goessel Museum
Threshing Stone | Goessel Museum

Mennonite furniture featuring hand-painted wood grain.

Agriculture was the life of our forefathers and mothers.  Life on the farm required hard work from every able body. The Turkey Red Wheat Palace attempts to show, with tools and implements that part of the story. 

Imigrant House replica | Goessel Museum
Horse drawn plow and Wheat Palace building

Each of the 8 buildings tells a different story.

Friesen House | Goessel Museum
Krause House | Goessel Museum
South Bloomfield School | Goessel Museum
1906 Prep School | Goessel Museum
Goessel State Bank | Goessel Museum
Turkey Red Wheat Palace | Goessel Museum | Mennonite Museum
Schroeder Barn | Goessel Museum
Death shroud | Goessel Museum
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1822 Mennonite Russian Clock 

To read accounts of hog butchering and rural farm life.

Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church | Goessel Museum
Goessel Mennonite Church | Goessel Museum

The Three Area Mennonite Churches

 

1304 Hwy K-15

Box 8

Goessel, KS 67053

620.367.8192

Email : alexmenno@mtelco.net

Tabor Mennonite Church | Goessel Museum

891 Chisholm Trail

Newton, KS 67114-7503

620.367.2318

Email : tabor@tabormennonite.org

109 S. Church St.

Goessel, KS 67053

620.367.2446

Email: goesselchurchsecretary@outlook.com