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Children's Home

Location: 8th and State Avenue (northwest corner)

Children's Home at 8th & State Avenue


Picture at your left is at the courtesy of the Wyandotte County Historical Society & Museum

Built/Organization:  1887



Kansan Newspaper - 21 August 1918
(microfilm on file at KCKs Public Library)

Percent of Proceeds from Amusements to Go to Children's Home

Friday, August 23, will be an especially profitable day for the little inmates of the Childrens' Home here if the plans for making that day Kansas City, Kansas day at Electric Park work out well.

Some time ago this date was set for K. C. K. day at Electric Park and it was agreed by park officials that a percentage of the gate receipts and procession proceeds both afternoon and evening would be turned over to the Childrens' home in Kansas City, Kansas.  The money received will be put into the general fund for the upkeep of the home.  Although it will not be possible to take the children to the park for an outing this day they are hoping that as many residents of the city as possible do them a good turn by visiting the amusement park of that day."

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The Story of Kansas City, Kate Cowlick, 1924, pg. 29

"Among the first institutions to be organized in Kansas City was the Children's home which was founded thirty-seven years ago by a group of benevolent women to provide a home for all homeless children - orphan children, children who have one parent living, children whose homes have been wrecked by domestic troubles or pronounced "unfit" by the courts, and children who are temporarily without a home.

If relatives and friends can afford to pay, they are charged a small sum for the support of a child; if they have no money, there is no charge.  The home has cared for more than 2,000 of Kansas City's homeless children.  It is supported entirely by gifts and is managed by a board of directors composed of women willing to give their time and effort to make the home comfortable and happy.  The home is at Eighth street and State avenue."


1887 - Children's Home organized.

1900 - August: When the board equipped a room and furnished a teacher for the Children's Home, the Home requested that a Mrs. Sarah Greenman teach the class.

The storm and tidal wave in Galveston, Texas, aroused sympathy throughout the country. On October 1, the board responded to a request from the stricken city's board of education to collect money from Kansas City schools for the Galveston schools.  Bethany Hospital and the Children's Home placed boxes in the schools for Thanksgiving offerings.

1901 - In August the Children's Home borrowed 24 desks.

1902 - Chloe Roark, teacher.

1904 - Chloe Roark, Lydia Helgen. 61 pupils.

1905 - Lenora Rayhill. 41 pupils.

Children's Home entertainments were held rent-free at the Kansas City High School at Ninth and Minnesota.

1906 - Lenora Rayhill. 61 pupils.

Board approved a dog and pony show in April given for the benefit of the Children's Home.

1907-08 - Children's Home teacher withdrawn.

1911 - "The Children's Home, under control of a woman's board of managers, in doing so much for homeless little ones, appeals to the highest instincts of the women of the city, and all are loyal in their support of it. It has been conducted in the city fifteen years and has accomplished great good. A similar home for colored children is conducted by a board of women of that race."  (History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911)

1950's - Children attended elementary school in Central Elementary at 8th & Barnett.  (Sandy Reid, former Central Elementary student)

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