KRAUSE’S MINI-MANSION SERVES AS MUSEUM
Love and loss, friendship and family are themes within the display “Frederick Krause, an Immigrant Boy’s Story of Hope and Success!” which runs through Oct. 17 at the Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum at Third and Ferrel in Platte City.
One hundred seventy years ago this September, in 1852, Krause immigrated from Germany to the United States. He traveled the Mississippi River by steamboat and lived in several cities before coming to Platte City, where he distinguished himself as a farmer, merchant, and builder.
Krause became a devoted member of the Christian Church (today’s First Christian Church) across from which he built his Second-Empire style mini mansion, which is now the Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum.
“Krause’s story resonates with many people who have overcome challenges. One lasting example of his success is the mini mansion itself, which he finished building in 1883,” explains Lisa Wittmeyer, museum curator.
This historic home is modeled after features of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion and is operated as a museum by the Platte County Historical Society.
Visitors to the display are encouraged to consider how Krause’s life connects with immigrant stories within their own communities and families.
The museum is open Thursdays and Fridays 1-4 p.m. Group or after-hours tours by appointment (816) 431-5121. Admission $5 for adults and free for children.
More at www.pchs1882.org