Hometown Teams

The Atchison County Historical Society will play host to the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Hometown Teams: Home Sports Shape America from June 27 - Aug. 9, 2015. This special exhibit is brought to Kansas by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Don't miss the teams bus! Hometown sports are more than just games - they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans.

Hometown Stars

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Rudolph "Rocky" Roberson a 1939 Atchison High School Graduate and star Lincoln Kittens basketball player went on to the play for one of the greatest coaches in college basketball. Called the father of African American Basketball -John McLendon had James Naismith as an early mentor, and went on to put together championship teams at North Carolina State College - that included Atchison players. Rocky set the NCAA single game scoring record for 1943 hitting 58 points in a game - a record that stood only fell as the modern era of basketball began in the 1950s. Check us out on Facebook as we will share more stories from our sports history. And head into the museum after June 27 to find out more about Atchison Lincoln Kittens.

Old Time Baseball in Muscotah July 25th

Mark your schedule for Joe Tinker Day in Muscotah and special Vintage Baseball Game - a game that looks like baseball - but the way is was played in the 1860s. July 25th - starting at noon see the Topeka Westerns take on the Lincoln Olympic.

See event schedule for other events.

joe tinkerSo come out to the hometown of Joe Tinker and see some real baseball - when the gloves were optional and the game was only for the toughest.


The Smithsonian arrives June 27th through Aug. 9th

Help us get the word out - download a pdf flyer to post in the community.


Our Love of sports begins in our hometowns. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. Win or Lose, we years to compete and play another day. If we're not playing sports, we're watching - from the stands rooting on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

So get out your team colors - you know what I mean - that T-shirt or Cap that lets people know who you are rooting for before they can even see your face. Whether it's Royals' Blue - K-State Purple - KU Red and Blue - Benedictine Red and Black or any of the colors of our highschools, Legion baseball or Little League - wear it with pride and come to the museum this summer.

You'll not only see stories about how sports works its way into Americans lives and helps set the tone for how we spend our time - you'll see stories about your friends and neighbors - Atchison and Effingham teams- Lancaster Red Sox - the glories of Benedictine College teams from Ralph Nolan to today.

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And of course Atchison's most recent Hall of Famer to be - Matthew "Chic" Downing lighting up the baskets in the old BC Gym and Coaching his own hometown high school to championships.

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT. Check the Calendar of Events - we have lots going on and plan to come in to YOUR COUNTY MUSEUM for a cool summer - and a cool place to visit when the summer heat hits too.

Education links

We will have several programs for young people in the museum and out - and a Family Night to Learn in the Museum. Follow this link for more details, how to get more details and find out how to get involved - get a free PED-O-METER to see how far you can walk this summer - we'll have a special contest for kids.

And downloadable educational materials for teachers, home-schoolers and more.

Education INFO HERE


Tour Support

BCBSKS Foundation clr w tagStatewide support for the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America initiative comes from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Additional tour support is provided by:



6 Weeks of exhibits - programs and chances to Root for your HOMETOWN TEAMS

Not only will be have a great fun and colorful exhibit but there will be great programs - time for Families - and for Pioneer Club members (our 4th-7th grade club that you can join anytime.

Click here to see the full calendar- check back for updates too - and download a copy for yourself.

We have four great evening speakers programs lined up and additional tours, family, youth and even special Royals on the Radio days.

Click here to see the full details of special programming brought to you by the support of the Kansas Humanities Council.

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame newest inductee

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Matthew "Chic" Downing

Check back for details - during the run of Hometown Teams we plan to honor one of our hometowns greatest players and coaches.

Click here to learn about more local stories from all across Atchison County.

And we encourage Atchison people head to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction in October.

Kansas Humanities Council

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The Kansas Humanities Council sponsors Hometown Teams in Kansas in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small towns and residents of rural America. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the US Congress.

About the Atchison County Historical Society

Established in 1967, the first museum was opened in 1968. The Society moved into the current museum, the 1880 Santa Fe Depot, in 1989. We host quarterly evening adult education programs and sponsor K-12 programming, including the monthly Pioneer Club for 4th-7th grade students.

The Atchison County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in the State of Kansas.

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About Independence Creek: Lewis & Clark Historic Site

Open Sunrise to Sunset year round. Located 5 miles north of Atchison's Main Street this site may be reached by car or by hiking/biking trail. The 13.5 acre site has reestablished the prairie as seen by the Corps of Discovery and encompasses a stretch of Independence Creek referred to by Captain William Clark in his July 4, 1804 journal entry. A pedestrian bridge completes the 5-mile trail link to the Atchison Riverfront. A re-creation of a 1724-1804 era Kanza Indian Earthlodge interprets the Kanza habitation of this location.

Physical location:

19917 314th Road, Atchison, KS

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Museum Hours & Admission

Summer Hours:

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday

noon to 5 pm Sundays

Winter Hours: (November - March)

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday

10 am to 4 pm Saturdays

noon to 4 pm Sundays (closed Jan & Feb)

Open to the public 350 days a year - closed: New Years, Sundays in January and February, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year's Eve.

Museum admission is by donation - requested donations $2-adults, $1-children, $1.50-seniors, $5-family.

Contact us for Group Tours booking, rates and details.

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (913) 367 6238
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Atchison County Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 201
  • 200 S. 10th Street, Santa Fe Depot
    Atchison, KS 66002