Welcome to our Events Page!


Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails and Rails Museum has wonderful events and contests throughout the year to help engage the community, garner support, and preserve the history of Buffalo County! Yearly events include our Wagons West Celebration, usually hosted the third Saturday in June, our Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon, 5K and 10K Run, usually hosted in the first part of June, and our Christmas Tree Walk, usually hosted the first two weekends of December. Other events hosted by BCHS include public and private ghost hunts/tours, walking tours through our historical buildings, and various contests.


Please check out our Google Calendar for the most up to date information on BCHS/Trails & Rails Events!

See our 2019 Calendar of Events here!


Up and Coming Events:

Fabulous Fridays

The Fabulous Friday programs, every second Friday of the month at Brookdale Kearney Northridge (5410 17th Ave.), features various guest speakers about Buffalo County history. Organized by Mary Beth Lowe, Janice Martin, Vicki Bissell, and Sharon Martin, these free programs are made available to the public as part of our mission to continue telling Buffalo County history. See the list of programs below:

April - "History of Hobos in Buffalo County" - Dr. Nathan Tye

May - “Women’s Suffrage” - Dr. Linda Van Ingen

June - “Exaggeration Postcards” - Jason Combs

July - “Black Hills Railroad” - Larry Hardesty

August - “Feed Sack Fashions” - Janice Martin

September - “Family Research” - Corene Phillips & Elaine Batenhorst


Half Marathon

Sunday, June 14: 13th annual 1/2 Marathon/10K/5K: Buffalo County Stampede-reg is at 6 am-race begins at 7 (packet pick up will be at the Wagons West Celebration on June 13 ) Register here at getmeregistered.com or send in this registration form to PO Box 523.

As we continue gathering sponsors for this event, please help us thank our sponsors from 2019!

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Wagons West 2019

Saturday, June 13th the 35th Annual Wagons West Celebration features a variety of family activites throughout the property FREE to the public.


2019 Restaurant Display!

The new rotating display in the Family History Center of the Museum includes a variety of old time Buffalo County restaurants. From Grandpa's Steakhouse to Scotties, area residents have occasionally wined and dined in one of the many restaurants that have existed in Buffalo County. Come see for youself and reminisce the old tastes and smells!



Ghost Hunts

As most people in Kearney know, we are reported to be haunted. If you have ever wanted to experience signs from the afterlife, such as voices, smells, touches from unseen hands, footsteps then taking part in one of our Ghost Hunts might be for you! We offer Ghost Hunts frequently, especially in October. Dates and times are subject to

preferences of guests and guide availability. See the

attached form for more! Ghost Hunt Registration Form





Christmas Tree Walk

First two weekends in December (5th & 6th and 12th & 13th) and the week in between (7-11) from 1pm to 5pm. Thus, this is a nine-day event! *** Saturday, December 5th from 12-1pm: Members Only Preview of the 33rd annual Christmas Tree Walk***-check out dozens of trees decorated by area not-for-profits that tie their mission into this next year’s theme "The Art of Christmas." If you, or your organization is wanting to decorate tree for the Christmas Tree Walk, see the 2020 Christmas registration.


The theme from this last 2019 theme is “Eat, Drink, and be Merry”. ***All of November: Christmas Decorating (during regular business hours plus open late on Thursday, Nov. 7 for decorating. Stay tuned for additional pictures to follow!


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