Educators, Home Schoolers and Parents

Here is a link to the full educational standards and lesson plans for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America"

educator guide

PDF of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Educators Guide.

PDF of the What to Expect Guide for Educators with many details.

Local stories and photos are also part of Hometown Teams

Local stories include that of Rudolph "Rocky" Roberson - he attended Atchison High School but had to play on the segregated basketball team competing as Atchison High School students playing for the Lincoln School Kittens. Because of famed coach John McLendon (now known as the father of African American basketball) Roberson got to attend college and play basketball for the North Carolina State College Eagles where got a quality education at the traditional Black College, won National Championships and set the single game NCAA scoring records of 58 points in 1943. More stories will be featured in our local companion exbhits in the museum, in our newsletter, on the local stories page and on our Facebook page - check them all out - and check the calendar for special programs and museum hours click here for Program and Events Calendar.

Schedule your group tour of the exhibit

Have a summer group? A large family gathering? An educational program looking for something new between June 27- Aug. 9? Or if you are a local Atchison County (or surrounding county) social or other group - set up a group tour - it can be during regular museum hours - during special evening hours or we will work with you to host your group when it is most convenient for you. Best of All THERE IS NO CHARGE - we won't turn down a donation to help bring the next BIG EXHIBIT to Atchison County but that's up to you. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US AND SET UP A TIME FOR YOUR GROUP - youth, family or adults.

Family and Youth Programs during the Smithsonian Exhibit "Hometown Teams"

We are setting final plans for special FAMILY NIGHT program, Pioneer Club - special evenings in the Museum - and partner groups - check back in the next couple days to see dates and times.

We will be having special prizes and this special exhibit features exercise stations and much more - we will be handing out Ped-O-Meters so you can track how far you walk for our six weeks exhibit and see if we can put in more steps in Atchison County than the other 5 exhibit stops in Kansas. We will be giving out free pedometers (you keep them) at the exhibit and other special locations until we run out.

And if you have a group or summer education, youth group or just a big family - contact us to setup something that works for you.

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit - "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" will be in the Atchison County Historical Society Museum from June 27 - August 9, 2015.

An Exhibit With Exercise

This is more than just an exhibit - part of the EXTRAs are a series of 8 one-minute movement stations to encourage stretching and exercises to keep you in shape for your favorite sports. The exhibit also challenges you to track your walking (and gives you a free pedometer) over the 6-weeks Hometown Teams is in our community - and see which of the Kansas communities takes the most steps to healthy living. Click here to download a pdf of the Movement Minute exercises.

Here is a poster to use to promote the exercise component to your group, family or co-workers.

Get Walking...lets put Atchison on top

As part of the exhibit we will be distributing free pedometers and encouraging everyone in Atchison to track their steps for the 6-weeks the exhibit is here - there will be prizes - and bragging rights to the top stepping community of the 6 Kansas host sites for Hometown Teams.

Come to the museum or an event to get your free pedometer (the first chance to pick them up will be at the Gala Opening Tuesday June 30th beginning at 5 p.m.). If you have your own pedometer - most smart phones have one or health watches etc. and they are better than the promo grade we will give out for free - download your own WALKING SCORECARD and be a part of the fun.


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