I have been to Sedan, Kansas a few times back in the mid-1980s, but didn’t know about this museum – https://www.emmettkellymuseum.com/; Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Kelly_Museum. Had I known, I would have went to it. I haven’t had a chance to get back to Sedan since then, but it’s on my Bucket List.
In my My 1,000th Blog Post post, I mentioned doing more posts on museums. I should clarify the museums for the most part aren’t going to be ones most are familiar with as you can usually find plenty of information online about the big ones. However, how many gems in the rough museums are out there that we don’t know about? I chose Kansas for this post and used Wikipedia‘s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_in_Kansas to get a list of potential although I had already decided on Emmett Kelly Museum last night.
You can learn more about the museum on their About page: https://www.emmettkellymuseum.com/about-us, which includes a good history of the museum. If you don’t where Sedan, Kansas is, here’s a link to the museum on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/202+E+Main+St,+Sedan,+KSfirstname.lastname@example.org,-96.1874197,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87b7588538f6c46f:0xd6e7aea413497169!8m2!3d37.1268692!4d-96.1852256. There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Emmett-Kelly-Museum-191473620907749/.
Not familiar with Emmett Kelly? Try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Kelly. Here’s his Find-A-Grave memorial: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/568 – plot number included and BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/grave/Emmett-Kelly/5337307 with GPS location. You can also see him on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0446374/. Or https://www.willieandme.com/ with a Bio page.
You may find you have a genealogical connection to Emmett or somebody who lives or is from Sedan, Kansas. In my daughter’s case, her maternal grandmother lived in Sedan, Kansas for a while. The maternal grandmother’s sister was also a clown, something I had forgotten until I saw her headstone back in 2014 (she’s buried in Severy, Kansas area): on BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/grave/Evelyn-Jane-Evie-Ambler-Townsley/9010534 and https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25910936/evelyn-jane-townsley on Find-A-Grave. The clown on her headstone may look male, but it’s her.
One of the nice things about small museums is the wealth of knowledge you find in them. Be it genealogy, history, funny stories, sad stories, etc. The downside is they often wind up closing if they can’t get enough support. There are numerous small museums that I had on my Bucket List, only to find out they closed before I could get to see them.
My suggestion is if you have small to medium-sized museums in your area or during a trip where you have some extra time, visit them when you get a chance. There are several in Wichita I need to visit, including a train museum.