Hatteberg's People - Jack And Kathie Crispin

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August 22, 2010

On Hatteberg's People, In Lincoln, Kansas two small museums sit in a historic building. Jack and Kathie Crispin operate each separate museum, and live above both of them. It's an unusual arrangement, but when you take a closer look, you'll find each one fits perfectly.

"This building was erected in 1881. We did as much work as we could ourselves. This building was well on its way to being irreparable when we bought it," Jack said.

"It was a lot of work," Kathie said.

Pictures on the wall of their living quarters detail the restoration.

"It's a good thing we didn't know how much work it would take," Kathie said.

"There are days when I stop and glance at these pictures, and I think why in the world did we ever get into this," Jack said.

For museum lovers, it was all worth it. On one side of the building, Jack operates the Drug Store Museum, and as a registered pharmacist, loved the stories of the old days and the medicines that were popular, but perhaps not so healthful.

"This one is Beachwood Creosote, we use this today to soak telephone poles in and railroad ties so the bugs don't eat them up. Back then, it was used in a lot of cough syrups," Jack said. "Most people just say 'wow', and that quite often is their initial reaction to it. A lot of them say this is like stepping back into time."

And next door you can step from the Drug Store Museum to Kathie's Post Rock Scout Museum. Kathie was a girl scout and was fascinated with the organization, so when her husband talked of retirement and putting in his museum.

"I said, well, if you are going to have a museum, I'm going to have a museum too," Kathie said.

That settled that. Kathie's museum is designed to promote the timeless values of scouting.

"Oh it's meeting people who come in and they find the uniform that they wore as a girl. I've divided up the display cases by time periods," Kathie said.

And speaking of time periods, on the wall, a picture of Wichita's first girl scout troop.

Upstairs, there’s another museum not open to the public. The Crispin's live above their respective museums in a home they rebuilt from decay and created a beautiful living space in the 130-year-old historic building.

"It became more complicated, more problems were found as we were treating other problems, and it really got out of hand sometimes. But the finished product makes up for all the effort," Jack said. "We tried to keep the original character of the place. We kept all the wood floors. We kept the floor plan as it is. And we just wanted to make it feel like it was an old home," Kathie said.

So from a pharmacy housing medicines of yesteryear, to a museum of Girl Scouts, Kathie and Jack Crispin climb the stairs of a future that is rooted in the past.

The Museums are located at 161 E. Lincoln, KS. For information you may call: 785-524-5383 or 785 524-4030. Lincoln, KS is located at the intersections of K-14 and K-18 North and West of Wichita.

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