Gardner Historical Museum, Inc.

Gardner Historical Museum, Inc.


MuseumNon-Profit Organizations

About Us

The original Museum, at 204 W. Main St., is a 2-story Victorian house built for Herman B. Foster in 1893, was purchased in 2002 and renovated with financial assistance in the form of a grant from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund. The grand opening was held in 2003. It also includes a chicken house that was opened to the public at a later date.

In 2010, the house directly behind the Museum, at 207 W. Shawnee St. was purchased, renovated and opened to the public in 2011, as the Bray House. Built in 1952 for Bob & Doris Bray, it is reminiscent of the 1950's and 1960's. It houses our research materials, including family histories, school history and Olathe Naval Air Station history & memorabilia. It also provides administrative office, storage, meetings,and events.


  • Holiday Closure: From December 15 through January 1. Call for special tour.
  • Current exhibit is: Looking Back at Gardner Lake
  • Current exhibit is: Olathe Naval Air Station; 80th Anniversary
  • Outside photo-op available as Rosie the Riveter in front and Jackie Cochran in Airplane in back of Museum.


204 W. Main St.
207 W. Shawnee St.
chicken house
Ruth Hadle Memorial
The 3 Trails
Looking Back at Gardner Lake Exhibit
Swim Wear and So, What's the back story? Gardner Lake
Getting Started at Gardner Lake

Rep/Contact Info

Shirley Brown-VanArsdale
President / Business Membership Chair
Solene Hollingshead
Events Co-Chair
Linda Loyd
Secretary / Website Mgr. / General Membership Chair
Laura McCarthy
Office Manager / Volunteer Coordinator
Nancee Rankin
Tressa Stone
Research Mgr.
  • Phone: (913) 856-4447