About Trails & Rails Museum and

Buffalo County Historical Society



Memorial Day through Labor Day:


September through May:

Monday-Saturday 10am - 6pm 
Sunday 1-5 pm

Monday 1-4 pm

Monday-Friday 1-5pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Monday 1-4 pm

Closed all federal holidays. Please see our Calendar of Events for specific details.



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Adults - $7
Children 12 and under - $2

Children under 2 years old - Free 
Free admission for BCHS members

See below for Group Tour Information

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



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Group Tours:

We do offer group tours to school groups, adult groups, etc! For more information, see the attached document. Once you have that form completed, please email it to bchs.us@hotmail.com to finalize a date for your group tour! We look forward to seeing you.

Renting out one of our buildings:

Thinking of renting one of our buildings out? Or having a reunion on our grounds? We do have weddings in the historic church we have on property, as well as events on the lawn in the middle of our grounds. See the attached document for information about renting one of our buildings.

Donating items:

We are always looking for new items to add to our collections! The only requirement is that the item(s) need to have a connection to Buffalo County. If you have an item you would like to donate to the museum, please fill out a Temporary Custody Receipt. You can either email the completed form to bchs.education@hotmail.com with a photo of the item or you can drop the form by the Family History Center at 710 W. 11th Street, Kearney, NE with the item (for bigger items, please call 308-234-3041 first). All items have to be accepted by the Collections Committee, which meets quarterly.

Interested in Volunteering?

We are always looking for volunteers to help around the museum. Please fill out this form and either email Jennifer at bchs.us@hotmail.com or drop it by the Family History Center at 710 W. 11th Street, Kearney, NE during regular business hours.

Our Wish List:

We are a true non-profit museum. If you don't have time to volunteer here on the musuem grounds or simply want to help out in another way, please take a look at our Wish List. We welcome any help, it is much appreciated!

Other Links:

Trails & Rails Brochure

Join the Buffalo County Historical Society

360 Virtual Tour of the Trails and Rails

Gift Shop


Buffalo County Historical Society Board


President- Robin Smith

Vice President- Dale Pohlman

Secretary- Pat Neff

Treasurer- Mary Beth Lowe


Term expiring June 1, 2021: Pam Artman, Duane Frasier,

Pat Neff, Robin Smith

Term expiring June 1, 2022: Lisa Atchison, Larry Hardesty, Corene Phillips, Dale Pohlmann

Term expiring June 1, 2023:
Randy Basnett, Mary Beth Lowe, Chuck Prochaska, Vickie Schaepler


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.

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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.

More history is located here.

Preservationist of the Year

To nominate someone, see here.

The 2020 Winner is

Ft. Kearney Chapter NSDAR

Past Winners:

2019 Elaine Batenhorst

2018 Robyn Kendle

2017 The Gibbon Heritage Center (Jean Widdowson accepted)

2016 The Richter Family

2015 Kent and Ray Buchanan

2014 Dr. Walter Martin

2013 The Pleasanton FBLA and instructor, Corliss Dixon

2012 Bobbie McKenzie and Mardi Anderson

2011 June Flesner-Becker

2010 Chan Lynch

Volunteer of the Year

To nominate someone, see here.

The 2020 Winner is

Janice Martin!

Past Winners

2019 Mary Beth Lowe

2018 Corene Phillips

2017 Dora Day

2016 Katherine Wielechowski

2015 Elaine Batenhorst

2014 The 1733 Blacksmith Guild

2013 Todd Pickering



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

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