History Channel film crew came to the Turkey Red Wheat Palace Dec. 1, 2016 to shot footage for an upcoming four part series on immigration to the United States. The four person crew from Nutopia Inc. (based in London, England),
Judy Camp ( great-great- granddaughter of Bernard Warkentine. The man that was a driving force in bringing Turkey Red, the hard red winter wheat to Kansas.
Original building (left) and new addition (right). Foreground-display of horse drawn farm equipment.
The Wheat Palace is a metal building, but the original part is showing signs of age. See how you can be part of this project.
The Turkey Red Wheat Palace is a tribute to the farmers who introduced and developed the wheat industry in Kansas. The Mennonites who settled in Kansas brought with them seeds of Turkey Red Wheat, a hard red winter wheat variety, that proved to be productive and eventually helped to develop Kansas into the "Bread Basket of the Nation".
The new addition doubled the Museum's ability to display the ever increasing amount of agricultural artifacts. Built in 2011 and it was dedicated in 2012.
Generious donations received from Museum supporters make this possible.
Turkey Red Wheat straw was used to fashion this Liberty Wheat Bell (double-size replica of origional) in '75 and '76 by local area residents. Displayed from '76 to '78 at the Smithsonian Institution U.S. Bicentennial exhibit, Washington D.C.
This cook shack was once an integral part of a threshing crew's life. Harvest crews worked hard and substantial food kept them going.
One of several tool display cases in Wheat Palace
THRESHER by assemblage artist Franz Jantzen
Proof print donated by the artist.
1929 Model A Fire Engine
Goessel's first fire engine
One of the several wooden trunks (at the Museum) that brought tools and Turkey Red Wheat grain to Kansas.
Each of the 8 buildings tells a different story.
2014-2024 Mennonite Heritage
and Agricultural Museum
Created by Fern Bartel nee Schmidt