ATTENTION! SEE SIDE BAR FOR ENTRANCE DETOUR, EFFECTIVE MAY 25th, 2018- AUGUST 31th, 2018!

 

Welcome to the Buffalo County Historical Society and Trails & Rails Museum!

Photo Credit: Buzzing Bird Aerial Photography/William C. Orr

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.”

 

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. On this website you will find information about BCHS/Trails & Rails Museum events, archive information, contact information, photos of our property, as well as general information!

 

Becoming a member of the Buffalo County Historical Society is a great choice for those of all ages who want to help preserve the past and who enjoy history! Membership includes free admission into Trails & Rails Museum, a 20% discount in our gift shop, bi-monthly Buffalo Tales newsletters, invitations to members-only events, advance notice to special happenings, and special volunteer opportunities. The membership form is located here.

Exciting News:

Phase 1 of the BCHS expansion is complete! However, we are set to begin fundraising for the Phase 2 now and we need your help! Click HERE to see the expansion plans and for donation information. For more exciting news and upcoming events, please check out the Events tab!

 

 

Quick Information Space!

SUMMER HOURS

Memorial Day through Labor Day:

WINTER HOURS

September through May:

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

Archives:
Monday 1-4 pm

Museum:
Monday-Friday 1-5pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Archives:
Monday 1-4 pm

Closed all federal holidays

Admission:
Adults - $7
Children 12 and under - $2

Children under 2 years old - Free
Free admission for BCHS members
We do offer group tours - See the "About Us" tab for more information!

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

308-234-3041

bchs.us@hotmail.com

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Click our logo above to see the full brochure for Trails and Rails Museum.

 

Recent News

ATTENTION!!

The Trails & Rails Museum will still be open during regularly scheduled hours during this construction. Regular hours for the summer start the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend. The BCHS/Trails & Rails Museum will be open 10-6 every day, except Sundays will be 1 to 5 p.m. We are closed on all major holidays.  The City has provided an access road just to the west of the new Family History Center.

 

To get to that access road from the East: Drive on 11th Street and turn South on 6th Avenue. Then take your second right turn, which is 10th Street. Follow 10th Street until you see the access road on your right-hand side. Take a right on the access road and follow that to the Family History Center parking lot and enter the Museum through the new Family History Center.

 

To get to that access road from the West: Starting at the west-side of the construction on 11th Street. Turn south on 15th Avenue and go to the stop sign which is on 8th Street. Take a left on 8th Street and head East until you get to the next stop sign which is on 6th Avenue. Take a left on 6th Avenue and head north to 10th Street. Take a left on 10th Street. Follow 10th Street until you see the access road on your right-hand side. Take a right on the access road and follow that to the Family History Center parking lot and enter the Museum through the new Family History Center.

 

BCHS Pet Registry Contest

 

BCHS and Trails & Rails Museum is having a contest during the 2018-2019 year to build our pet registry in our archives. Submit your pets picture to save their place in the history of Buffalo County!

New this summer as well is a exhibit on animals native to Buffalo County, including information on those animals, a scavenger hunt for kids, and some taxidermy animals to view. Come see the exhibit today during normal business hours!

To view more information on this contest, see the link provided.

 

 

 

Buffalo County Historical Society's Family History Center is officially open!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening on August 9th, 2017 was a great success. We welcome you to come see our new building and experience the displays in it!

 

 

 

 

 



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