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

September thru May:

Monday-Friday 1-5 pm
Monday 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!

Holiday hours and Special Event hours can be found on the calendar at the bottom of the "home" page.

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





Wish List

Join the Buffalo County Historical Society

360 Virtual Tour of the Trails and Rails


Click HERE for more group and school tour information and the reservation form.

Click HERE for information about donating items.

Click HERE for information about volunteering.

Click HERE to see some of the items available in our gift shop.


Buffalo County Historical Society Board


President- Lance Hehner

Vice President- Dr. Roger Davis

Secretary- Corene Phillips

Treasurer- Dale Pohlmann

Board Members:

Pam Artman, Lisa Atchison, Kelly Krier, Pat Neff, Vickie Schaepler, Robin Smith, Dr. Jinny Turnman, Ron Wirtz

If you are interested in serving on our board or if you would like to nominate someone, please email Director Jennifer Murrish at bchs.us@hotmail.com she will pass your information on to the nominating committee.

We are proud members of:
-American Association of Museums
-American Association of State and Local History
-Ravenna Chamber of Commerce
-Gibbon Chamber of Commerce
-Kearney Chamber of Commerce
-Kearney Chamber’s Young Professional Network
-Kearney Chamber’s Hospitality Committee


Discover the history of Trails and Rails at the Museum, which is located on the original Mormon Trail.

According to legend, the Buffalo County Historical Society was first organized in the 1920’s under the leadership of Samuel Bassett of Gibbon.

Click HERE to learn more!

Preservationist of the Year

Click HERE to nominate someone

2016 Winner

The Richter Family

2015 Kent and Ray Buchanan

2014 Dr. Walter Martin

2013 Tthe Pleasanton FBLA and instructor, Corliss Dixon

2012 Bobbie McKenzie and Mardi Anderson

2011 June Flesner-Becker

2010 Chan Lynch

Volunteer of the Year

Click HERE to nominate someone

2016 Winner

Katherine Wielechowski

2015 Elaine Batenhorst

2014 The 1733 Blacksmith Guild

2013 Todd Pickering





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