Chetopa Historical Museum

406 Locust
Chetopa, Kansas 67336
(620) 236-7121

Open by appointment and
in Spring through Fall
Call for hours.

Chetopa Historical Museum Map

Chetopa Historical Museum - Chetopa, Kansas
Chetopa Historical Museum
Chetopa Historical Museum - Chetopa, Kansas

The Chetopa Historical Museum in Chetopa, Kansas is operated by the Chetopa Historical Society, which was founded in 1946. The displays are quite interesting, though not professionally prepared

My particularly favorite parts were the exhibit devoted to the button factory in Chetopa which made buttons from mussel shells in 1921 and the room devoted to Chetopa's status as the Pecan Capital of Kansas. The museum also does a nice job of telling the stories of people from Chetopa, such as opera singer Robert Dean Smith, Lillian M. Dersham who operated the Dersham Drug and Book Store, Brigadier General Robert C. Karns and Osage Native American Chief Chetopah whom the town is named after.

Artifacts, microfilms and other documents are available for genealogical research. 

The museum is open April through Fall, but may be open other times by appointment.




Robert Dean Smith opera singer
Roles portrayed around the world by tenor Robert Dean Smith

Chetopa button factory exhibit
Buttons manufactured in Chetopa, Kansas

Pecan Capital
Chetopa Pecan Capital of Kansas

Bobby Parks carvings
Henson's Mill Building and other one inch scale carvings by Bobby Parks

Chetopa Historical Museum Map - Chetopa, Kansas
Chetopa Historical Museum Map

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