Chase County Historical Museum 301/303 Broadway St
Cottonwood Falls, Ks. 66845
Summer Hours Mon-Sat 10:00-3:00
"We owe it to the past and the future'...that our history not be lost. Such was the initial charge of the Chase County Historical Society.
Since its organization in 1934, the Chase County Historical Society has honored its rich historical heritage by preserving the county's early history. At the time of the Society's inception, the first Society president, C.W. Hawkins, charged the group to "Let us gather up the fragments that nothing be lost."
Today's Society mission is true to its origins. The Society continues to promote the illustrious history of Chase County by conserving the life stories and history of the people and culture of Chase County, and through educational programs, displays of local artifacts and memorabilia, access to newspaper and genealogical information, and on-going acquisition of historic pieces that will attract local, national, and international visitors.
This modern mission is addressed from large museum facilities (housed in two historic buildings), opened on a regular scheduled basis, genealogical library and research services, a knowledgeable director, permanent and rotating displays, availability for tours and school visits, and community cultural enrichment programs.
To continue to achieve the stated goals, the Society actively encourages
Resident $25/annual year
Organization $35/annual year
Student $10/annual year
Life-Time Patron $500 one-time gift
CHAUTAUQUA CELEBRATION COMING!
Mark your calendar--August 15-16-17, 2014. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our wonderful bridge by attending the Chautauqua. Reserve your 3-day access buttons now. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
There will also be a contra dance at the bridge at 8:00 on Saturday the 16th. Buttons give you admission to the dance, if you come only for the dance and do not have a button admission is $5 and children under 12 are free.
This event has been funded in part by a grant from the Emporia Community Foundation Trusler Foundation and the Emporia Community Foundation Kaltenbacher Fund..
The Chase County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) corporation. Consider making a donation to the Society to be a part of saving our past for future generations. While you should always check with your accountant when making any charitable donation, generally, your deduction should be totally tax deductible.
All donations remain in our local community and are used to support and expand our beautiful historic museum and numerous artifacts.
The Historic Society has been active in preserving our past for almost eighty years. Our collection contains many items unique to our area and people.
Photo by Beth Olson
Chase County Courthouse
This 1872 French Renaissance inspired masterpiece crowns the head of Broadway Street. It has been rightly designated as one of the 8 wonders of Kansas Architecture. It is located one block south of the museum.
While Broadway Street is but three blocks long, it also is home to "Music at the Emma," an 8 wonders of Kansas Custom and the Grand Central Hotel, an 8 wonders of Kansas Cuisine finalist.
Broadway Street terminates at the beautiful historic stone bridge (site of the annual River Suite).
At the rear of the main museum buildings are a group of large objects including the pictured cooks wagon, a large replica of the Courthouse, and antique plow. Ask inside for access to this collection.
If you would like to know more about Chase County or just mingle with others, consider donating one day a month (4 hours) at the museum. We have tasks to match any skill or interest. Our volunteers come in all sizes and shapes. Call 620.273.8500 for more information.