BCHS mission statement:
“The object of this Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially the history of Buffalo County and the State of Nebraska. Understanding the history and preservation of the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life and gives us a better appreciation of our American heritage.”

Memorial Day through Labor Day:
Monday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
and Sundays from 1-5 pm
Monday 1-4 pm

September through May:

Monday-Friday 1-5 pm
Mondays 1-4 pm

$7 for adults;
$2 children ages 12 and under;

Under 2 years old is FREE
Free for BCHS members.
Inquire about group rates!

Buffalo County Historical Society
710 West 11th Street
PO Box 523
Kearney, NE 68848-0523




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Buffalo County is rich in the history of the great transportation routes
of the past, present, and the future - the Mormon Trail, Union Pacific Railroad, Lincoln Highway, and Interstate 80.


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BCHS is expanding! Click HERE to see the expansion plans and for donation information.


Nebraska's Sesquicentennial


"150 Nails"

To celebrate Nebraska's 150th anniversary of statehood, the Buffalo County Historical Society is having a "150 Nails" contest. Participants will use 150 nails to create unique works of art that will be exhibited at the Trails & Rails Museum during the 2017 Wagons West Celebration.

Click HERE for more information about the contest and click HERE for the contest rules and entry form.

Help us celebrate 150 years of our wonderful state!




Recent News

Family History Center


Click HERE to read about our groundbreaking!

"Kearney Goes to War: Remembering the Homefront", the documentary about the Kearney Army Airfield and Kearney during WWII by Jacob Rosdail with the help of Jeff Wells and his students, will be on NET Television on May 29th at 6 pm. For more information, click HERE to visit NET's website.

Letter to the Editor from our president, Lance Hehner

Kearney Hub, May 13, 2016

Several years ago we embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds to build a new family history center on the west side of our property. This facility would improve our ability to fulfill our mission and improve our ability to display artifacts received by our collections committee. It would centralize our services while providing a place to showcase artifacts and hold events.

To build and complete phase one of this project we need $1,350,000. To date we have raised $1,250,000. To break ground we need an additional $100,000. [ ...]

Since originally acquiring our property there has not been a completed street on the south side of our property. This spring the unfinished portion of 10th Street was built and is now in use. As a property owner bordering the new street we will be responsible for our share of the cost. We have not yet been presented the bill but it is estimated to be at least $72,000. This is money we do not have. [...]

Click HERE to read more.




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