New Exhibit to feature children

Taylor childrenChildren of Dickinson County

The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum in Abilene, Kansas is proud to announce a new exhibition, beginning September 3, 2013, featuring photographs of children taken by Bill Jeffcoat.

If you or a family member happened to live in or near Abilene during Bill’s career, chances are there is a picture of you at Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum.

This exhibit will display at least forty-five pictures of children, some who are still local and others who have moved out of Dickinson County.

Please make sure to stop by the museum to check out the new exhibit and to see if your picture is displayed. The museum hours, beginning September 3, will be Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. And please make sure to check out our facebook page to help identify pictures on there. We also have familiar faces books at the museum for those who would want to stop in and look through them.

You can learn more about the history of the Jeffcoat Studio and the history of Abilene by visiting the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum at 321 N. Broadway Street in Abilene. Contact the museum at (785) 263-9882 or  Be sure to visit the museum’s website at and their Facebook page at

The exhibit will run through the end of November 2013.


New Exhibit at Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum to Highlight Area Bands

Abilene Merchants Military Band in 1896

The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum will be host to a new exhibit, Strike Up the Band: The Bands of Dickinson County and Abilene, showing now until September 2.

Near the turn of the twentieth century, it was common for most communities in America to have their own city band.  Dickinson County was no exception, and communities such as Talmage, Dayton, Hope, Herington, and many others boasted their own band.  Of the groups in Dickinson County, the Abilene Municipal Concert likely rose to the most prominence, marching in both inaugural parades for President Eisenhower in Washington, DC.

These stories will be shared through photographs taken over the span of one hundred years by the Jeffcoat Studio and other area photographers.  Strike Up the Band is now on display at the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum at 321 N. Broadway St, Abilene.  Please call (785) 263-9882 for more information.