Blytheville Heritage Museum

Blytheville Heritage Museum

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The Blytheville Heritage Museum, located in the old S.H. Kresse Department Store building, is a historic museum where the story of Blytheville, Arkansas, and its colorful Mississippi Delta past is told and preserved. Cotton, logging, and Eaker Air Force Base are a few of the subjects that catch the public’s attention.Blytheville Heritage Museum has been accorded a place in the National Register of Historic Places.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

We are so glad to welcome you back! The Heritage Center is prepared to do everything in its power to promote a safe, clean, and enjoyable experience for all guests. Please observe the following rules to visit.

  • 1) Masks are strongly recommended inside the Galleries and Gift Shop
  • 2) Social distancing of at least six (6) feet while on the property (indoors or outdoors).
  • 3) In the village, only one group at a time will be permitted into a building.
  • 4) Staff will regularly clean frequently-touched surfaces.
  • 5) Hand sanitizer will be made available for the use of staff, volunteers, and guests.
  • 6) Signage will be used to provide additional directions for all visitors.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center continues to place the highest priority on the health and well-being of our customers, members, employees, and volunteers.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take actions necessary to help keep our employees and guests safe. We would like to thank you for your support during this time. If changes are deemed necessary, we will alert everyone via here as well as our social media outlets.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a museum whose mission is to preserve, interpret and share the history and culture of the diverse peoples and Native American who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment.

Penrose Heritage Museum

The Penrose Legacy includes the construction of the Pikes Peak Auto Highway (1915), the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (1916), the Broadmoor Hotel (1918), the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (1926), the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (1936), the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun (1937), and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (1937) – just to name a few of Colorado Springs’ most iconic attractions!

The Museum exhibits 30 carriages, western cultural artifacts, and 15 race cars that competed in the infamous Race to the Clouds, one of the oldest motorsport events in the U.S., second only to the Indianapolis 500.

Whether you are interested in the Penrose legacy, regional history, transportation, or motor sports, Penrose Heritage Museum is a cultural institution you will not want to miss when visiting Colorado Springs.

While visiting Penrose Heritage Museum, please assist us in our efforts to contain COVID-19 by following CDC social distancing guidelines, wearing a mask when recommended by the CDC and the State of Colorado, washing and sanitizing hands regularly and staying home if you feel ill.

Museum staff manage visitor capacity in the building to ensure no more than 50 people are in the museum at one time. Only groups of 15 or more are required to make reservations to visit the museum.

  • Staff are following CDC social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when recommended by the CDC and the State of Colorado.
  • We are disinfecting commonly touched surfaces daily.
  • We are regulating the number of visitors inside of the Museum at any given time to ensure social distancing of six feet at all times.
  • Staff are taking frequent breaks to wash hands. Touchless hand sanitizing stations are available for visitors.

Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more people. Please call Penrose Heritage Museum at 719-577-7065 to make a reservation for your group.

We are not offering guided tours at this time.

Please bring water! We are unable to offer drinking fountains at this time. Beverages other than water are not permitted inside Penrose Heritage Museum. Food is not permitted inside of the Museum.

It is always the rule at Penrose Heritage Museum that visitors do not lean on carriages or race cars or touch or handle artifacts in the Museum. Hand sanitizer is provided for any elements of the Museum that must be touched, such as door handles and railings.

Visitors to the Museum can park for free in The Broadmoor parking garage located next to the Museum. Museum staff will provide a parking validation for 1.5 hours.

Brownsville Heritage Museum portrays visual images of the historical evolution of the city and surrounding regions from discovery and exploration up to the first half of the 20th Century. The photographs, maps, costumes, and artifacts provide a unique perspective on various aspects of Brownsville life, ranging from street scenes and education to transportation and ranching. The museum opened in 2002 and was reinterpreted in 2009 with hands-on interactive displays. The Heritage Museum also houses La Tienda Gift Shop and the administrative offices of Brownsville Historical Association. The Brownsville Heritage Museum hosts numerous presentations, musical performances, and book signings throughout the year.

The Heritage Museum includes the Heritage Museum, the Stillman House Museum, and on-going exhibitions in both locations.

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to announce that they are a member of the NEA Blue Star Musuem Network! We are one of 700 museum aross the nation that will offer FREE admission to all active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Click on the logo to learn more about this amazing program!

Blytheville Heritage Museum - History

Anderson Falls Heritage Museum

The museum offers visitors an extensive collection of historical photos, artifacts, some local family histories, summer programs focused on area history, and displays about local schools, churches, & local military history.

Keeseville Arch Bridge

Museum Front Room

Catalog of Staircases in Area


Meetings are held at 96 Clinton St. on the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm except December and January. All meetings are open to the public.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is closed for the 2020 season. We plan to re-open in the spring of 2021.

During the regular season, the museum is open to the public at no charge on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, or by appointment.

Phone #

Contact the museum by phone at (518) 834-9219.


Admission to the museum is free.

Donations welcome. The Heritage Society is a 501-C-3 non-profit charity organization and any donations are tax deductible.

Colonial & Intertribal Wars

From 1628 to 1815, the Potawatomi participated in nine major conflicts. These included the Beaver Wars, the Fox Wars, the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s War, the American Revolutionary War, the Northwest Indian Wars, the Osage War, the Battle of Tippecanoe, and the War of 1812.

Council of Kee Wau Nay by George Winter. 1837 | Courtesy: Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and Trustees of Indiana University

The building used to be the Red and White Grocery Store. Two families had owned in (Baenziger) and they were very successful in their own right. Fresh Produce used to be displayed between the two pink poles. The second floor contained an Opera House where the stage was used to help host various events.

The building was built in 1898. Original wooden floors and tin ceiling. Harold and Ethyl Baenziger owned the building and it had been in the family for several generations. John Wesley Hardin’s Gun is on display here. John Hardin was considered one the most notorious gunfighters in the area. Millions of years worth of history are on display within the museum. Displays include fossils, Native American artifacts, early settlers, and some of the very first original salt glazed pottery manufactured by the Wilson family, which is still in business today. The area was settled by Mexican citizens, Texian’s, Tejanos, and slaves who worked the local farm land and provided domestic help. There is a large amount of Texas Rangers memorabilia.

John Gesick, Director and renowned local author and historian. Many of his publications are available at the museum.

The museum honors all branches of the Military and has a variety of uniforms and artifacts on display.

The museum has a large selection of German History on display as well.

Friends of the museum, our calendars will be available at the Chamber, the Aumont, Parkers Pharmacy, the Museum, and possibly First United Bank. Calendars are $10.00 each and are being sold as a fundraiser for the museum.

Hardware Collection

The ARRL Evolution of Amateur Radio Exhibit: "Understanding the Past to Develop the Future"

Software defined transceivers, new software driven test equipment and the flurry of new digital gadgets and modes are exciting to look at and operate. As Radio Amateurs in a licensed radio service, one of our basic purposes, as stated in FCC Rules, Part 97.1b is, "(the) Continuation and extension of the Amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art". Clearly, many Radio Amateurs are actively engaged in advancing the radio art new technology such as SDRs and the improvements made to more traditional transceivers are examples of work that has benefited all Radio Amateurs today. One could only imagine what Radio Amateurs will develop in the future!

While it's important to look forward to the technology of tomorrow, it's equally important to understand the evolution of radio equipment that was used by Radio Amateurs from the earliest "spark days" to the dawn of digital technology. By delving into the past, one can learn to appreciate the hard work, determination and experimentation that brought us one step at a time, to the technology we enjoy today.

Visitors to the ARRL Laboratory can see our exhibit, "The ARRL Evolution of Amateur Radio Exhibit", part of the ARRL Heritage Museum, that features radio apparatus from the early 1900's to the 1980's. This exhibit is housed in a display room, formally a storage room for the Lab's obsolete test equipment and parts. In the Laboratory itself, visitors can see new technology, such as D-Star and DMR repeaters, an SDR HF transceiver, the ARRL Laboratory Screen Room and whatever the staff is cooking up on the benches. At the ARRL Lab, you will find a balance of the old and new technology. While we look forward to the future, we also have a deep appreciation for the past.

This exhibit was developed by Bob Allison, WB1GCM, ARRL Assistant Laboratory Manager, with the support of the Board of Directors. Volunteers have cataloged the hardware collection, which is extensive. Only a part of it can be displayed at a time. Occasionally, there will be special pieces rotated into the display. Visitors are welcome to sit down and operate at one of the three operating positions, provided a valid Amateur License is presented.

Hardware Collection


In order for item(s) to be considered, please complete and submit the Donation/Loan Consideration Form found here and at the Cultural Heritage Center reception desk. Once the form has been reviewed by Collections and Research Staff, donors will be contacted to discuss acceptance or rejection details.

The Cultural Heritage Center is interested in collecting any item(s) that pertain to the historical, cultural and genealogical legacy of the Tribe.

The Cultural Heritage Center strives to have an open collection policy. To view an item(s) not on exhibition, please contact the Collections Manager to set-up an appointment (restrictions permitting).

Collections Manager

KeAnne Langford, M.A.

[email protected]

The Cultural Heritage Center no longer accepts donations/loans during the Family Reunion Festival. Given the large amount of submissions made by Tribal members during the three day gathering, staff is unable to adequately process and adhere to the preservation needs of each collection.

The Cultural Heritage Center staff strives to provide the most appropriate care for our collections. Adhering to this policy, we cannot guarantee if or when an item(s) will be exhibited. Item(s) from our permanent collection are regularly rotated for exhibition.

Vashon Heritage Museum

Originally a Lutheran Church, the building was purchased in 1972 by what became the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association to showcase our Island's rich cultural, historical, and natural history.

The Museum comes under the umbrella of The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, an organization originally established by early pioneers who settled on the Island in the late 19th century.

Descendants of these original visionaries are still deeply connected to the museum, and continue to be responsible for the preservation and archiving of the Island's heritage.

The Heritage Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by an board of executive officers and trustees.

Click here to view our 2020 Year in Review.

Upcoming Events

Permanent Exhibit Renovation Community Feedback Forum

Our Mission

The Mission of the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association is to honor Vashon stories of love, life, oppression, action, and resilience. The Association tells Vashon stories, encouraging Islanders to take responsibility for what we do, knowing our actions influence history. As the Association collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the history of Vashon and Maury Islands, we seek to engage, educate, and inspire our Island Community.

Our Vision

Our Living History

Engage:By providing exciting and innovative displays, the Vashon Heritage Museum stirs curiosity and engages its visitors with expertly curated exhibits supported by knowledgeable docents.

Educate:With access to the wealth of knowledge collected through the VMIHA, the Museum educates its visitors by providing an accurate reflection of our community’s history and its place in the Pacific Northwest.

Inspire:The Vashon Heritage Museum inspires visitors by celebrating our shared heritage, connecting the past and present, and demonstrating how history influences our future.

Our Objectives

Preserving Our Heritage

  • Community History: In collecting and compiling documents and artifacts that reflect the unique heritage of Vashon-Maury Islands, the VMIHA maintains a continually evolving, expertly curated, and accurate repository of our community’s history.
  • Preserving The Past : The VMIHA highlights the universality of the human experience, by preserving and conserving Vashon-Maury Island’s diverse cultural, social, and natural history, from first peoples to present day.
  • Accessible To All: By providing a rich Museum experience and maintaining well-functioning facilities the VMIHA ensures Vashon-Maury Island’s stories and collections are available to all, both in-person and online.

Black Lives Matter Statement

At this museum we reject racism, discrimination and hate. Our purpose is to honor stories of love, oppression, action and resilience stories that give voice to all, examine hard questions about social, economic and environmental justice, and reveal racism and oppression within our heritage. We pledge that everything we do will honor the island's diversity of cultures and histories.

Our Staff

/>Elsa Croonquist, a 20-year resident of Vashon, officially joined the Heritage Association as Executive Director on August 1, 2019.

Over the past 30 years, she has held director positions with major Seattle area organizations in real estate development, entrepreneurial energy start-ups, higher education administration and foundation development, and most recently consulting on privately developed grant programs. Her focus has been in market and program development and helping organizations to successfully manage transition through change while building organizational capacity.

Elsa can be reached at [email protected]

Peter Woodburn is a lifelong Puget Sound resident with extended family on the island. He joined the Vashon Heritage Museum as Communications Manager in February 2021.

He is an adept communications and social media professional with wide experience working in the realm of primary education. He loves helping people and institutions tell their stories and is excited to join an integral organization of the Vashon Island community. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, cooking elaborate recipes, and trying to teach himself how to play the mandolin.

/>Siobhan McComb is a Northwest native who has had ties to the Island for many years. She moved to Vashon in 2019 and joined the Vashon Heritage Museum as Development and Events Manager in February of 2021.

Siobhan has 15 years of experience in development, event planning, and hospitality. For the last several years she has focused on volunteering with nonprofits in events and development. She is excited to join the museum and help it preserve the Island's rich and diverse past. In her spare time, she enjoys nature, cooking, gardening, a good mystery book, and spending time with her family.

Upcoming Events

  • July 8, 2021
    Book Club
  • July 10, 2021
    Battle of Huck's Defeat
  • July 11, 2021
    Battle of Huck's Defeat
  • July 14, 2021
    Ed Exploration
  • August 11, 2021

Watch the video: Driving into Blytheville (December 2022).

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