Full of "hands-on" entertainment and family-friendly displays, the Prairie Museum of Art & History continues to attract rave reviews from bloggers, journalists and thousands of other guests every year!
Located in Colby, Kansas, at the "Oasis on the Plains" the Prairie Museum covers 24 acres and is the site of a 1930's farmstead, sod house, one-room school and the Lone Star Church. The Cooper Barn, the largest barn in Kansas, now houses the exhibit "Prairie Grasses to Golden Grains" and features farm implements, vehicles and photographs depicting the history of agriculture during the past century.
The cavernous upper level is used for social activities. The main museum building was added in 1988. It is surrounded by a berm of buffalo grass. This unique building houses over 28,000 artifacts collected from around the world by Nellie Kuska, a former Colby resident.
Support the Cooper Barn
Help meet the challenge! The family of Helen Frahm, a native of Colby and a lifelong supporter of the museum and the Thomas County Historical Society, has offered a matching gift of $20,000 from her estate to kick off the campaign.
"Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause. As the Cooper Barn continues to gain interest and popularity, the proposed work will allow more use for events," said Museum Director Sue Taylor.
Announcing a new online database for historical records of sod house dwellers, the Prairie Museum is proud to share records collected since 1955 by President and Founder Verney Kear of Sons and Daughters of the Soddies.
Over 1,000 records cataloging the lives of people who were born in, lived in or worked in a sod house have so far been uploaded to the new Past-Perfect Online Database where the records are now proudly available for online access.