Preserving our Heritage...
The Rush County Historical Society was originally organized in March of 1960 for the purpose of promoting a county observance of the Kansas centennial celebration. The society became inactive at the conclusion of the festivities until being reactivated in 1962 and incorporated in May 1963 with plans to develop a museum to preserve the history and tell the story of Post Rock. The first officers of the society were Roy Ehly, president; Oliver Wilhelm, vice-president; Harry Grass, secretary, and Stan Merrill, treasurer.
In 1975, the Society acquired the former Santa Fe depot in Timken and moved it to Grass Park in LaCrosse. On April 17, 1983, the building was dedicated as the Rush County Historical Museum. On exhibit are a selection of the tools, clothing, and other artifacts that depict the history and lifestyle of the county's residents. In recent years the building has undergone a series of improvements including a more authentic paint scheme and expanded research facilities.
In May of 2003, the Society moved the former Nekoma State Bank building to their complex in Grass Park. Dedication ceremonies were held in May 2007. The interior of the bank has been fully restored to become a museum of rural banking. The museum's period lobby featuring the original 1916 counter and early 20th century furnishings immerses the visitor into a world of rural banking from long ago.
Continuing to Grow...
In addition to maintaining three historic properties, the Society continues to actively pursue the preservation of Rush County history and county historic sites with ongoing research and preservation efforts. Future plans include adding additional historic structures including a one-room school. To view pictures and progress on the one-room school project, visit our Facebook page. The Society also has a long-term goal of constructing a permanent exhibition facility to properly conserve and display the growing number of artifacts in the collections.
More Ways to Learn...
The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum is also located on the Rush County Historical Society campus. The museum, established in 1970, presents interesting ways to learn about one of the midwest's most important contributions to America's history. Interpretive exhibits help to conjure up images of settling the midwest, range wars between homesteaders and cattlemen, and the transformation of the open prairie into America's bread basket.
The museums are closed for the season.
Congratulations to the winners of the “2013 Barns of Rush County Contest” winners, Grand Champion, Mike Stephens; Reserve Champion, Mae Schlegel; People's Choice, Alyssa Oborny. See the winners on facebook.
We are making plans for our upcoming fall events-
Safe Trick-or-Treat-Oct 31
Veterans Appreciation-Nov 9
Old-Fashioned Christmas-Nov 29
Check for updates on facebook.
50th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a year-long 50th Anniversary celebration - “Celebrating 50 Years of Saving History” - a series of 50 events held throughout the county starting in December 2012. Check out our Anniversary website for an up-to-date schedule of events.
In celebration of 50 years, we are offering a special price on our history book, “Rush County…125 Years in Story & Pictures”. Order a copy today.
School Group Tours Program
Special school group tours are available each year. Participating classes receive classroom materials and supplies. The next series of tours will be held September 24-25, 2013. For more information, check out our school tours page.
Rush County Fair Special Events
2010 - “All Things Post Rock” Photo Contest
2011 - “All Things Barbed Wire” Art Contest