Dickinson County, Kansas has a rich cultural heritage beginning with the Native Americans who freely roamed the land to the pioneering settlers of the old west to one of our nation’s greatest presidents – Dwight Eisenhower being raised in Abilene. This rich history has led to the creation of many historical sites, museums and cultural activities within the county.
Those who love history will enjoy their time in Dickinson County where historical homes, train depots and museums are plentiful. Those who enjoy live music will soon be tapping their toes to local bands playing in bars and restaurants and those who love art will enjoy the original works being produced by local artisans. With events like Arts & Ales put on by the Art Council of Dickinson County, visitors can enjoy all these things at once. This lively annual event features live bands, local artists and craft breweries – the perfect summertime outdoor event, and it’s not the only one. Dickinson County is known for its lively culture and fun activities ranging from Cancan dancers performing on historic trains to concerts and festivals. Anyone who is looking for a fun place to call home, will find it here.
To learn more about culture in Dickinson County contact the DKEDC, or explore the destinations below.
Come to Abilene and ride the train. Relive the old west with a visit to Old Abilene Town. Enjoy a meal at the adjacent Hitching Post Restaurant. Visit the Dickinson County Heritage Center and the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum.
Museum • Abilene, KS(http://www.asvrr.org/)
Museum • Abilene, KS(https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/)
Performing Arts • Abilene, KS(https://www.greatplainstheatre.com/)
The Herington Museum was chartered in 1975 and moved into the present museum building in 1984. In 1987, the museum expanded its collection of Railroad memorabilia into an adjacent Rock Island Baggage Car. The Herington Historical Society & Museum seeks to preserve and display history pertaining to M.D. Herington (the town’s founder), its people, businesses, churches and recreation. Today, the museum houses thousands of historical artifacts and research materials relating to Herington and the surrounding community. We hope that you will visit us soon!!
800 S Broadway
Tuesday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The museum is home to the first NASCAR trophy. The first NASCAR event was won by Jim Roper of Halstead, Kansas on June 17th, 1949 at Charlotte Speedway.(http://chapmanks.com/activities/racing-museum/)