The Riley County Historical Museum hosts several outreach exhibits around the county as well as at the museum. All exhibits are free and open to the public normal business hours! Outreach locations include: Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community Center, Riley County Office Building lobby, and the Riley County Courthouse.
"Strong Hearts: The Strong Family of Riley County"
This exhibit, opening September 1, 2015 and running through January 31, 2016, explores the history of the Henry Strong family and its associations with Riley County. It is currently on display at the Riley County Historical Museum at 2309 Claflin Road.
Henry and Eleanor Strong arrived in Territorial Kansas with their abolitionist convictions and located their family close to Manhattan. From the 1850’s to the present, the Henry Strong family has contributed to the education, culture and business of the community. Grandma Hoerner’s Foods was inspired by Henry Strong’s granddaughter, Mabel Hoerner, and is owned by Henry’s great, great grandson. The Henry Strong home, owned by great, great, great granddaughter Rachelle Routh at 1916 Beck Street, is now The Strong Inn.
The exhibit has two parts, at the Riley County Historical Museum, 2309 Claflin, and at the Goodnow House State Historic Site, right next door to the Riley County Historical Museum. Goodnow House State Historic Site was the home of Isaac Goodnow, a Manhattan and Kansas State University founder. Henry Strong and Isaac Goodnow shared a great, great grandfather as well as the experiences of pioneering Kansas Territory. Exhibit open hours are 8:30 to 5:00 Tuesday through Friday and 2 to 5 Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free.