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!

As we finish off 2017, we are already looking forward to what is to come in 2018. The  2017-2018 Calendar of Events is what we have planned so far for the rest of 2017, as well as for 2018!


Recent Events:

BCHS Wedding Contest 2017-2018


We are excited to present our newest contest! We are looking for wedding pictures and stories from Buffalo County! We will randomly draw a winner's name during the 2018 Wagons West Celebration, Saturday, June 16th from 10 am-1 pm. The prize package for this contest contains fabulous prizes including a wedding cake to replicate one from the wedding in the picture, a one-night stay at Best Western Plus Inn & Suites, a floral bouquet to replicate the brides, and much, much more! For contest details and entrance information, please see the attached document.





Please help us thank our contest sponsors: Best Western Plus Inn & Suites, Card My Yard-Kearney, Eakes Office Solutions, K-Town Cakes, Kearney Floral, and the T&R Blacksmith Guild.

Bernard Eckhout and Mary Nickman, married April 19, 1933. St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pleasanton, NE. This wedding dress was donated by Mary A. Kenney. This dress, along with other wedding dresses, are on display in our new Family History Center!

2nd Annual "150 Nails" Contest

Calling all those creative people out there! Due to the wonderful participation of Buffalo County Residents in the 2017 "150 Nails" Contest for Nebraska's Sesquicentennial, we decided to do it again in 2018!!! To see the updated rules and for the registration form, please see the attach document.


Two examples from the 2017 "150 Nails" Contest



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. Check back for dates closer to October!

NEW THIS YEAR! We are now offering Private Ghost Hunts! For folks that have already taken the classes here, you can now request certain dates with your own friends or family members. Groups can be a minimum of three people but up to eight people! If there are more in your party, let us know so we can make sure to accommodate everyone! Private group rates are $40 per person. Contact Jennifer at bchs.us@hotmail.com to request a date for your private ghost hunt!!





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