Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society, Inc.
720 N 4th Street
Kansas City KS 66101
Mission Statement
The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988 to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City Kansas. The Cultural Center is housed in The Strawberry Hill Museum.
The Cultural Society's  purpose is to preserve the Ethnic Cultures that were once present in the Strawberry Hill area, And to preserve the History of The St John's Orphanage which is a Kansas Historical Site.
CEO/Executive Director Adrienne Nastav
Board Chair Adrienne C Nastav
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1988
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988 to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City Kansas. The Cultural Center is housed in The Strawberry Hill Museum.
The Cultural Society's  purpose is to preserve the Ethnic Cultures that were once present in the Strawberry Hill area, And to preserve the History of The St John's Orphanage which is a Kansas Historical Site.
Background Statement
Around the turn of the century, immigrants from Eastern Europe's oldest cultures settled in areas now contained in the City of Kansas City, Kansas. First attracted by the area's agricultural lifestyle and the proximity of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers which joined the city's edge, these immigrants relied on each other due to common customs, languages and their traditional family units. One after another small tightly knit communities, each with a distinct ethnic influence, grew together in the area.  Immigrants were drawn to the Kansas City, Kansas area because of the work provided by the 5 largest packing houses in the area.
The heritage forms the community spirit so recognizable in Kansas City, Kansas today. The history of the City is symbolized in diverse ethnic neighborhoods' architecture and social events which contribute to the ethnic uniqueness of the city. The Strawberry Hill area of Kansas City, Kansas is a living ethnic community. One of the most identifiable landmarks in the metropolitan area, Strawberry Hill represents the cultural diversity of all the people who have come to, grown up in, and raised families here. The Strawberry Hill Museum hosts permanent exhibits representing cultures in the community which include Croatian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovakian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Russian, The Danish and The Netherlands, Traditional items are on display including colorful handmade clothing, original work of glass, wood craftsmanship and musical instruments. The museum is located in the former St. John the Baptist Children's Home, an original Queen Ann style home built in 1887. The 1918 flu epidemic left many orphans among the Croatian community. The pastor, Msgr. Martin Krmpotic, of St John the Baptist Croatian Church, who himself had sponsored many of the original immigrating families, encouraged the parishioners to raise the funds to purchase the Cruise-Scroggs home in 1919 for an orphanage. The house, including the additions for the orphans, has many of the home's original pieces of furniture and stained glass windows.
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments: 
  1. Increased revenue by adding Ethnic Cooking classes through the Christmas Season.
  2. Increased tours through the museum by adding night time tours through the Christmas season.
  3. Started having an annual neighborhood garage sale in the museum courtyard.
  4. Held several bus tours to visit The Wyandotte County Museums and Sites through the Kansas City Kansas Convention and visitors Bureau.
  5. Held the First Annual Strawberry Hill Museum 5K with great success.
2017 Goals: 
  1. Write a grant to pay the salary of the Executive Director of the Strawberry Hill Museum.
  2. Hold the Second Annual Strawberry Hill 5 K Run/Walk to help raise funds to continue repairs throughout the museum complex.
  3. Adding more classes besides the cooking classes to help educate the public about the Ethnic background in the community
  4. Promote our Ethnic items for sale in the gift shop. 
  5. Expand the popularity of the Victorian Tea Room.
Needs Statement
  1. Grant money for the Salary of The Executive Director of The Strawberry Hill Museum.
  2. Volunteers for tour guides, gift shop, tea room, general repair, gardening. 
  3. Young people to become Board Members (this is a working board-each board member assumes the responsibility of different tasks of the organization).
  4. Renovating the old archive rooms: pulling up old carpet, installing new lighting, new UV sun screen shades, installing, new heating and air conditioning to accommodate three new permanent exhibit rooms. $35,000.00
  5. Find grants to help with increasing insurance premiums, increasing utility monthly expenses.
Service Categories
Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Historical Organizations
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Our biggest challenge was being an all-volunteer organization. Since the hiring of an Executive Director, there is always someone here to answer calls for requested tours and rentals and to do general office work, but the hiring is a challenge because we must write enough sufficient grants to pay his salary.  Also there are two other big financial challenges; keeping up with utilities & general maintenance on our building, and insuring the building properly. We have a $1 million policy, but the premiums are outrageous and grow every year. We have special events each year to help make up the costs for these items. We also negotiate fiercely with insurance companies to get the best price. Our programs have always been very successful; they are run by our volunteers. I'm very proud that we have survived for 28 years. Hiring an Executive Director was a first step in helping to maintain the museums place in the community to a much broader audience. The museum would like to become a staple in the school environment for background ethnic information.
Description The museum displays historic & cultural items from many Eastern European ethnic groups. At this time we have exhibits from Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, The Ukraine, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Russia and Denmark. During the Old World Christmas Event, also on display are exhibits from Ireland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Mexico and Black America. We also have Pope John Paul II bed and related articles from when he flew to the United States on TWA Airlines. We give individual and group tours. Many local schools bring their students in for a tour.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Families, Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Short-Term Success Today's world is not ethnic friendly because so much of the past is gone. But there are people out there who want and would like to remember where they came from. To recall the past. We are the keepers of that.
Long-Term Success Educate all visitors to the ethnic heritage prevalent in the Kansas City, Kansas area.
Program Success Monitored By Monitoring through our tour guides- Have you been to the museum before and through studying staff feedback. New sign in sheets ask where or how did you hear about the museum. Sign in sheets are reviewed quarterly.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Attendance at the museum has greatly increased. 
  2. Repeat visitors to see changing exhibits. 
  3. Visitors wanting to volunteer for special project needs. 
  4. Magazines, newspaper correspondents requesting information on exhibits to do articles for print.
Description Each of the ethnic nationalities display their own unique Christmas traditions with their ethnic decorations on their Christmas trees and in their room. These are displayed from the middle of November to the end of January during our event called "Olde World Christmas".
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served Families, Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Short-Term Success After seeing their particular ethnic display, visitors bring their friends to show off their ethnic background exhibits and compare them with the other ethnic exhibits.
Long-Term Success A constant changing of exhibit items to keep artifacts interesting and exciting. New artifacts are added throughout the year. More information provided to our visitors,
Program Success Monitored By Monitoring repeat ticket holders and studying staff feedback.
Examples of Program Success The friends of visitors bring their friends to see the ethnic exhibits. The museum serves the purpose of preserving the past. Ethnic traditions, customs, cultures would be lost without a permanent establishment to exhibit place. The now generation and future generations will always have remembrances in the museums exhibits. Each year our attendance increases, Group tours are competing for dates during the Christmas season. Museum is booking two and sometimes three group tours a day to accomodate all the groups wanting to see the new exhibits and the Christmas decorations which are never the same. Candlelight tours will be offered again this year because of the wonderful response of last year.
Description People come to our Tea Room for ethnic teas, coffee, and desserts. To enjoy a leisurely time having tea and dessert to discuss all the fantastic treasures throughout the house and museum that they have seen. People from across other tables share their comments, old memories and establish new friendships. Different ethnic months: different ethnic desserts.  Povitica, strudel, kolachy, paczki, pohance, krusti et.  Some of these treats cannot be tasted anyplace else.Comments are:  Best kept secret in town, and can I please have the recipe. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Curatorial Work & Exhibitions
Population Served Families, Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Short-Term Success Visitors leave the tea room with a sense of satisfaction. They have had an enjoyable afternoon visiting the ethnic exhibits, seeing the beautiful Victorian house and tasting desserts of different ethnic groups. Visitors also enjoying learning about and tasting the teas from different countries.
Long-Term Success A place where visitors can look forward to relaxing time, enjoying several ethnic desserts, visit with friends, talk about what they have seen in the museum.
Program Success Monitored By Through our Tea Room volunteers who had the pleasure of serving and visiting with our visitors. The afternoon teas have been so successful that we had our first Candlelight tours this last year. Comments were: we are coming back, the tour was wonderful, the music and desserts in the Tea Room after the tour was so entertaining that it was the perfect ending to the tour. Maximum 25 people per tour. Visitors have requested recipes of the different ethnic desserts and the museum is working on a Tea Room Dessert Cookbook.
Examples of Program Success Repeat visitors always want to try new items on the menu and new visitors want to try a little bit of everything. Even though some of our visitors have come during the day, quite a few wanted to come back for the new Candlelight tours (Tour, local musicians playing ethnic music and delectable desserts with tea or coffee). Great response.
Display local art talent during the months of May, June and July.  Most have a background of being from the Strawberry Hill area. Art can include: paintings, photography, wood, ceramic and other related mediums.
Program Budget $50.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success  Local people want to share the museums activities and exhibits with their out-of -town relatives and so they request the museum to send the vine to their relatives who once lived on Strawberry Hill so that they can keep up with the news and even visit if they are in town.  People who have visited our website, plan a visit while they are in the Kansas City area.  
Long-Term Success Last year's artists were welcomed by viewers who had known the artist as he was growing up in the Strawberry Hill area.  It was a chance for his long ago neighbors, friends and classmates to meet with him and talk about old times, his success, ask about his art studio and plan to visit with him at his place of business.  Maybe buy a piece of art to keep his memory and friendship in their minds.  The museum's goal is to keep the memories of the Hill alive even though some of the residents have moved to different areas of the city or even different states.  The "Strawberry Hill Vine" newsletter is sent with upcoming events so that people who lived in this area can keep up with the news and even visit if they are in town. 
Program Success Monitored By People who have visited our website (which can be tracked) as well as our sign-in sheets, and verbal communication with our tour guides are used to track our success with an exhibit. It has been noted that local residents who have visiting relatives, the relatives are asking to be taken to the museum.  Our increased number of visitors over the past years have shown our growth in the community.  
Examples of Program Success  The previous two years, artists are asking if they may have an art showing at the museum.  We are now making a future listing for the next three years.  It has been noted that local residents who have visiting relatives, the relatives are asking to be taken to the museum.  People who had not been to the museum recently, signed in to see the new artists exhibit because they had gone to school with the artist and with some of his students who were also showing their art.
Description We have and are at the present offering Ethnic Cooking classes. Nationalities that have been represented are German,Croatian,Spanish,Lithuanian,Polish.  Also offering classes such as a Ukrainian Egg decorating class called Pysanki.
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Giving us the opportunity to add more classes by demand.
Long-Term Success To teach an Ethnic trade that is soon to be forgotten.
Program Success Monitored By Executive Director
Examples of Program Success Cooking classes have always been full.
CEO Comments Operation of the museum, its upkeep, restoration and activities has always been handled by a volunteer board of directors.  It is a not-for-profit organization financed through memberships, tours, donations, memorials and activities. The Board of Directors is a working board, members of diverse ethnicity. Each member heads a committee. In addition to our permanent collection at the museum, the museum offers Quarterly Exhibits, special ethnic performances, events for children and ethnic craft classes which include Pysanky, jewelry making and baking classes on how to make Povatica and other baked goods. Great participation in all our classes with long waiting lists.   The Tea Room is open every first weekend of the month on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. The Tea Room is open every weekend from November 4th, 2017 until January 7th, 2018 during our "olde World Christmas season and serves delicious, authentic Slavic desserts with tea or coffee. We always have something fresh! Stop by, relax and enjoy a special treat in our beautiful and bright facilities. Take advantage of  the wonderful relaxing atmosphere during your visit. Ask about our weekly specials. The gift shop is open during normal business hours and offers a variety of unique items, many of them original works of art and craftsmanship from the Baltic-Slavic countries of Europe and the Kansas City, Kansas Community. Here you will find the book "Marijana's World" featuring the work by beloved and renowned Strawberry Hill artist Marijana Grisnik. Her paintings chronicle her recollections of growing up in the Strawberry Hill area. Her painstaking attention to detail from memory is truly extraordinary. Many find her work not only beautiful but have great historical significance. Elaine Grisnik offers paintings from the Polish Hill area.  Photography by Don Wolf is also available.  Ernst Ulmer paintings are also displayed for purchase.Come see all that we have to offer!
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Adrienne Nastav
Term Start Jan 2016
Experience 28 Years as board member.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 48
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The museum works together with Hallmark, Sprint, DST, The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assn, The Lithuanian Club, The Ukrainian Club, The Polish-American Club, The Slovenian Club, The Danish Club, The Croatian Catholic Club. Numerous publications. Kansas City Convention and Business Bureau.  The Wyandotte County Museum. The Downtown Shareholders.
External Assessment and Accreditations
National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property1988
Ethnic History AwardWyandotte County Historical Society and Museum2004
Tourism Event of the Year-"Old World ChristmasKansas City, Kansas-Wyandotte County Convention & Visitors Bureau2008
Proclamation-October 4th, 2008-Strawberry Hill Museum DayUnified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas2008
The V. J. Lane Award-Organization Recognition AwardWyandotte County Historical Society, Inc2014
Kansas City, KansasMayor's Merit Award2002
KCKS Convention & Visitors BureauOrganization of the Year2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments This organization is an all volunteer organization headed by a President. The board has hired an Executive Director to handle the day to day operations, The board decides on the organizations upkeep, restoration and activities and the requests are carried out by the Executive Director. The Board of Directors is a working board, Each member heads a committee. Grants are being written to pay the salary of the Executive Director.
Board Chair
Board Chair Adrienne C Nastav
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ed Grisnik Community Volunteer
Phyllis Hampton Community Volunteer
Fred Kamler Community Volunteer
Adrienne Nastav Community Volunteer
JoBeth Nastav KC Web Specialists
Sharon Schulze Volunteer
Bill Sirna Community Volunteer
Ms. Lois J Tiszka Gold Bank
Mr Tom Waliczek Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 93%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Project Oversight
CEO Comments This organization is an all volunteer organization headed by a President. An executive director has been hired to fulfill the requests of the Board President and its board members. Operation of the museum, its upkeep, restoration and activities will be discussed and voted on by the board president and board members. Day to day operations under the guidance of the board will be carried out by the Executive Director. It is a not-for-profit organization financed through memberships, tours, donations, memorials and activities. The Board of Directors is a working board,  Each member heads a committee. Grants are needed to pay the Executive Director.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $81,000
Projected Expenses $78,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/Corporation revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,089$1,886$1,768
Membership Dues$15,690$12,815$22,067
Special Events$23,146$27,349$17,805
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$98,364$129,159$73,304
Administration Expense$4,663$14,476$4,917
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.720.550.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%90%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$185,280$214,679$278,650
Current Assets$185,280$214,679$278,650
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$399$519$367
Total Net Assets$184,881$214,160$278,283
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities464.36413.64759.26
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Repairing,replacing and sealing outside stone on additions to the Cruise-Scroggs mansion/St. John Orphanage walls.
Making upgrades to make facility more handicap accessible.  
Goal $102,000.00
Dates Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $82,000.00 as of Jan 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments With current growing interest in immigration, the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Museum and Cultural Center needs to continue to preserve the heritage history within our community and beyond.  Expanding the rich diversity of its immigrants who first settled in the Wyandotte County, Kansas City area is becoming an ever-pressing need.  For over 27 years, the Center has been run by a part-time volunteer working board.  In an effort to continue to provide quality services to our visitors and increase our accessibility to the community, hiring a full time Executor Director was essential to our organization as we lay the ground work to continue and expand our program.  The museum has experienced a significant change in its non-paid staff and leadership the last few years.  An Executive Director is needed to continue achieving the goals that were set in our original mission statement, "To promote, sponsor, and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in the Kansas City, Kansas area" for the future. 
Organization Name Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society, Inc.
Address 720 N 4th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Primary Phone (913) 371-3264
CEO/Executive Director Adrienne Nastav
Board Chair Adrienne C Nastav
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1988