Humboldt's museum collection includes displays relevant to early life in this town settled by Free State advocates. The Humboldt Historical Society was formed in 1966, and was dedicated from the first to preserving the area's heritage.


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Open weekends, June through second weekend in Oct, 1:30-4 pm;
also by appointment

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416 N. 2nd Street
P.O. Box 63
Humboldt, KS 66748
Phone: 620-473-5055
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The Humboldt Historical Museum collection includes displays relevant to early life in this Kansas town settled by Free State advocates.

On the museum grounds sits a one-room schoolhouse, a replica of Fairview School, originally located just East of Humboldt. Within are civil records of the area, as well as pictures and society interest pieces from times past.

The main showcase is the museum's turn-of-the-century house. Built between 1867 and 1875, this all-original construction holds many displays and exhibits, and an additional wing attached to it which contains several other collections, including a working textile loom.

Other exhibits focus on baseball players Walter "the Big Train" Johnson, and George Sweatt, born in Humboldt in the late 1880s.

In 1907, Johnson signed with the Washington Senators. He played for the team for 20 years. The team won the 1924 World Series. In 1936, Johnson was among the first players voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2000, The Sporting News voted Johnson the fourth greatest baseball player of all time, behind Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Ty Cobb.

Sweatt began his baseball career in 1920, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs, winners of the first Negro League World Series in 1924. Sweatt was educated at Pittsburg State University, and taught at the Cleveland School in Coffeyville, Kansas. In 2005, Sweatt was voted into Pittsburg State University's Hall of Fame.

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