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Lansing Historical Museum
About the Museum
The Lansing Historical Museum is housed in the 1887 Santa Fe Railroad Depot on Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF) property. In 1989, the building faced demolition at its original location. With the help of the Lansing Correctional Facility, who offered a location on its grounds to place the depot, the Lansing Historical Society restored the structure and established it as a museum. It has resided there since 1992. 
Lansing Historical Museum
In 2006, the City of Lansing began operating the museum under the Economic Development / Convention and Visitors Bureau Department. These two neighbors continue to help one another.  The museum preserves the prison’s history and LCF provides assistance with special projects.

The Lansing Historical Museum is home to hundreds of artifacts and documents relating to the Kansas State Penitentiary / Lansing Correctional Facility. There is a permanent prison display in the museum consisting of contraband, coal mine equipment, restraints, and photographs. 

Our prison photograph collection includes agriculture, structures, coal mine operations, mug shots, and staff members. News articles relating to the prison are sorted into general topics to facilitate research. Here is a list of the current topics:

  • Arts / choir
  • Board of Probation and Parole
  • Capital punishment
  • Community projects
  • Escapes
  • Facility
  • Farm
  • Fires
  • Former inmates
  • Groups
  • Honor farm / camp
  • Inmate crime 
  • Inmate General
  • Larned State Hospital
  • Law
  • Lawsuits
  • Personnel
  • Prison Reform
  • Prison System
  • Rehabilitation
  • Riot Summer 1969
  • Security
  • Vocational Training 

We also have a file concerning Richard Hickock, Perry Smith, and Truman Capote. The file includes state reports, manuals, and inmate publications. 

The museum has few records on individual inmates. If you are trying to find out about an ancestor who served a sentence in Lansing, we suggest contacting the Kansas State Historical Society. The Kansas State Historical Society has inmate records from 1864 to 1952. We welcome researchers to the Lansing Historical Museum; however, please call in advance and make an appointment. We want to make sure there will be a trained staff member present to assist you with your research.   

The museum continues to accept donations of prison related items. If you have items you would like the museum to consider for the collection please call (913) 250-0203 or email.