Strong Hearts: The Henry Strong Family in Riley County
September 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Located in the exhibit gallery at the Riley County Historical Museum, this exhibit explores the history of the Henry Strong family and its associations with Riley County. Abolitionists Henry and Elenora Strong arrived in Territorial Kansas in 1858, settling near Manhattan. Since their arrival in the 1850's to the present, the Henry Strong family has contributed to the education, culture, and business of the community. Grandma Hoerner's Foods Inc., located just north of I-70 near Alma, was inspired by Henry Strong's granddaughter, Mabel Hoerner, and is owned by Henry's great, great grandson. The original Henry Strong home, constructed in 1867, is owned by great, great, great granddaughter, Rachelle Routh at 1916 Beck Street. It is now known as the Strong Inn.
This exhibit has two parts, one at the Riley County Historical Museum at 2309 Claflin Road, and the other at the Goodnow House State Historic Site, located right next door to the Riley County Historical Museum. The Goodnow House State Historic Site was the home of Isaac Goodnow, a Manhattan and Kansas State University founder. Henry Strong and Isaac Goodnow shared a great, great grandfather as well as the experience of pioneering in Kansas Territory.
The exhibit can be viewed Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE.
Special thanks to Rachelle Routh and descendants of the Strong family for their generous loan of artifacts, making this exhibit possible.
Etching of the Strong farm from 1881 Riley County plat map.