First organized as event oriented, the Central Kansas Flywheels applied for non profit status in 1979 and was granted 501 (c) (3) tax exemption status under the Internal Revenue Service code. The museum subsists by donation, membership dues and grants.
The initial mission statement of the museum was to collect, restore and exhibit agricultural equipment and implements dating from the late 1800's into the mid 1900's. At times during the year, this equipment was used for demonstration purposes for the general public. The Central Kansas Flywheels has evolved into a living history museum providing artifact viewing, events, facility rental and interactive demonstrations not only for the general public but as educational opportunities for students as well.
While primarily agricultural oriented, the museum also offers dioramas and artifacts pertaining to the cultural aspect of rural life. The museum is unique in that most displays are available for close inspection, touch and interaction.
Through the generous donation of equipment, implements, varied tools and machinery, buildings and cultural items, the volunteers associated with the museum have documented and displayed these items for the public. The volunteers also generously offer their time and skills for the various events hosted by the museum throughout the year. We are grateful to these men and women who graciously pass on their knowledge and skills to anyone willing to appreciate and learn about techniques unique to agricultural life.
The facility is situated on 23 acres which includes an administration/meeting facility, display buildings, restored one-room schoolhouse and church along with a sawmill and early gas station. The acreage allows for us to host large events whether they be agricultural in nature, entertainment oriented or for educational purposes.
The "tag name" Yesteryear Museum is used to better describe the facility and what can be seen among it's various displays. As you view the website, you will become more familiar with what the museum has to offer for your viewing and enjoyment.
The goal of any museum is to tell a story. Our story is of early rural life and the ability to improvise and improve upon the conditions and quality of life for the rural family.