Rawlins County Museum
Established in 1967, the Rawlins County Museum in Atwood, Kansas is the Headquarters for the Rawlins County Historical Society. The Rawlins County Museum depicts rural Kansas history. In large part it is a collection of items with little to explain what they were or their context. As with many of the historical museums in Kansas, there are recreations of a beauty parlor, post office, doctors office, dentists office and a schoolroom. Other displays at the Rawlins County Museum include items from the life of former Kansas Governor and Atwood native Mike Hayden, clocks, cameras, tools, and Hopi kachina dolls.
Backstory and Context
The thing that sets Atwood, Kansas' Rawlins County Museum apart from other museums is a mural and other art by Rudolph Wendelin, a Rawlin's County native who was responsible for the art design of the Smoky Bear program for 30 years.