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!


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

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



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Recent News


Summer 2018 is almost here! Save these dates!

Summer 2018 is almost here and we want to make sure you have advanced notice for Buffalo County Historical Society and Trails & Rails Museum's biggest summer events!!

Put on your running shoes (or volunteering shoes!) and join us for our 11th Annual Buffalo County Stampede on June 10th, 2018! Register for the Half Marathon, 10k, or 5k run today! Registration begins at 6, run begins at 7am! Families are more than welcome to come to cheer on the runners!!


Bring the whole family to our 33rd Annual Wagon's West Celebration! We will have many activities for children and adults alike in all of our building, including live music, food, a blacksmith demo, quilt show, handcrafted corn husk dolls, a melodrama, reenactors, quilt making, and much much more! Admission is free but donations are always appreciated! For more information contact bchs.education@hotmail.com


Just a reminder Trails & Rails Musuem and Buffalo County Historical Society is CLOSED May 28th, 2018 for Memorial Day Weekend!! Summer hours begin Tuesday, May 29th!!

See you this summer!!


Come see our Wedding Dress Display!

We have wedding dresses on display currently in the lobby of our new Family History Center. They all are from different periods in the history of Buffalo County History, complete with the history of the individuals who wore the dress.



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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