The mission of the Coronado Quivira Museum is to foster understanding and inspire broader knowledge of the unique history of Rice County and the Rice County region for residents and visitors of all ages through the collection, preservation, research and dissemination of information and historical artifacts. We strive to be a respected source of information and diverse learning experiences to broaden understanding of the past and inform the future.
What will you learn about when you visit the museum? We cover four main interpretive areas:
– The Quivira Indians and Quiviran Indian Culture. We house the largest collection of Quiviran Indian artifacts in the area and use them to tell the story of the prehistoric inhabitants of Rice County and the Rice County region.
– Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his 1541 visit to Rice County. While searching for Cibola and the Seven Cities of Gold, this Spanish Conquistador spent over a month with the Quivira Indians in Rice County. While he did not find what he was looking for, Coronado and his followers left an impact on the Quivira.
– The Santa Fe Trail and its progress through Rice County. This commerce trail which began in 1820 passed through the middle of Rice County, bringing Americans, Mexicans and Native Americans into close contact for the purpose of trade. We have several important Santa Fe Trail sites in the county, including some of the best preserved trail ruts to survive to the modern day.
– Rice County development at the turn of the 20th century. How did Rice County get its name? What were some of the main occupations of Rice Countians? What was life like in 1902? We explore all of these issues and more in our Rice County 1902 exhibit.
Don’t forget our rotating exhibits, which feature stories important to local history on a rotating basis. Currently on display is From Rice County to Hollywood: Shirley Knight and Mary Astor, which uses photographs and artifacts to tell the story of these two actresses with ties to Rice County.
Until next time, remember that history is yours! Experience it at the Coronado Quivira Museum!