The GearyCountyHistoricalSocietyMuseum is located at 530 North Adams Street in Junction City, Kansas. The three-story, native limestone building which houses the museum
has been described by architects as a "unique and magnificent structure
and an outstanding example of the stonecutter's art." The building,
originally the Junction CityHigh School, was constructed in 1903 by local contractors, Ziegler and Dalton, at a cost of $30,000.
as the high school from 1904 to 1929. After the building was vacated by the
school district in the 1970's, it was purchased by Junction City philanthropist FredBramlage, and donated to the Historical Society in 1982
as a permanent home for the museum. Society volunteers labored over a year to
get the main floor ready for use and in May 1983, the GearyCountyHistoricalMuseum opened its doors. In the years since, over half a million dollars
have been raised from within the community and used to restore the entire
building and develop the museum and its programs.
galleries feature rotating exhibits which portray area history and lifestyles
of the past. Exhibits include the country schoolroom, the Union Pacific
Depot, a working print shop, and Main Street, among others. In addition, The Starcke/Henderson House Museum, located just south of the
museum, is being developed to showcase the GCHS museum's growing collection
of vintage household furniture and accessories. The Museum Hours are Tuesday through Sunday. Tour guides are
houses local family histories and numerous varied records, including cemetery
indexes for all cemeteries in GearyCounty, Birth, Marriage and Death information culled from local newspapers
by volunteers, and local newspapers dating from the 1860's. An extensive
photo collection is also available. In addition, many books on local and
Kansas History are available for use in the Jeffries Research Room. A
microfilm reader/printer is available. Look-ups are done by the Family
Researchers Group for donations, which are used to expand the museum's
microfilm collection. The Jeffries Research Room hours are Tuesday through Friday.
records are under development to be posted online for easy access. The Index
to Surnames for Rural Cemeteries in GearyCounty is online and can be accessed here.For
questions regarding online records, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Family Researchers
Group meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Historical
Society.The Group does lookups on a
volunteer basis for donations to the Society’s microfilm collection fund.If you would like more information about
joining the group or requesting a lookup, please contact LeonaGarrison at email@example.com.
information on joining the Geary County Historical Society, arranging group
tours, volunteering to work in the Jeffries Research Room, or use of the
Jeffries Research Room, please contact the Museum Director, GaylynnChilds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the MuseumBuilding appearing here were borrowed
from the brochure, "History Comes Alive at Junction CityKansas: The Geary County Historical
Society & Museum," with the permission of GaylynnChilds. This web site is designed and
maintained by JudeKeaton. To report broken links or other
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