Anderson County Historical Society

Anderson County Museum

Artifacts In Museum

Library Room:
Town pictures, school pictures, some family pictures, old school records, family files, plat maps, Anderson Co. Civil War soldiers names, newspapers, family story books, Dorothy Lickteig's 25 volumes of Anderson Co. History and Cemetery Books, 1987 Anderson Co. Family Stories Book. 1886, 1887 and 1932 Anderson Co. History Books, Kansas State Historical Quarterly's, Anderson Co. Black History, Anderson Co. Town Histories, some funeral home records.

Home Room:
Sewing machines, dishes, dining sets, bedroom suite, quilts, organ, victrola, rockers, 1st radio hand made in county, 1st black & white and 1st color TV in county, old clocks, wooden ice chest, babyclothes, cloths and linens.

School Room:
Instruments, old annuals, desks, band, baseball & sport uniforms,player piano, trophies, Kincaid picture collection of Bill Irwin.

Military & Lodge Room:
Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam uniforms and artifacts, Arthur Capper items, PeopleTheatre items, Fourth Avenue Hotel items, Garnett Grand Prix items, Fire Dept. items, Lodge items, Railroad items, 4-H items.

Farm Room:
Westphalia telephone central station, washing machines, Amiot/Mineral Point post office, tools, fencing, 1800's baby carriage, geology collection, pencil collection, old courthouse safe, ice skates, buggy items.

Country Store:
Period clothing, cooking utensils and supplies, store items, Farrow store scales, hat collection, old bridge markers, postcard collection.

Church Room:
Old bibles, vestments, church history books, pictures, church furniture and items,drawing of historic churches of county, beaded purse collection.

Medical Room:
Dr. Harris collection of furniture pieces and doctoring items, wooden leg, courthouse antique items, eyeglass collection, typewriters, CCC Camp handcarved items, early X-ray item, 1st computer from Anderson Co. Courthouse.

Greeley Cafe back bar, Courthouse items, Canton diggings of Henry Roeckers, Jail items, Franklin Drug Store front bar, Greeley High School Alumni pictures.

Basement Display Rooms:
Brecheisen family articles, Neva Allen large display, 1864 Jail door and other items, Kincaid trophies, old election items, newspapers, county records.

Entrance & Halls:
Computer donated by Tom Thompson Memorial, Plaque of Life Members, Pictures of officers and directors, Holy Cross church artifacts display, Garnett High School trophies, Indian artifact collection, Anderson Counties Triplets, Westphalia Depot Bench, Indians, some paintings

Family History Inquiries

Historical Society Staff will make limited searches in our records for information about specific family names.

Inquiries can be sent by email or by letter to the addresses shown at the bottom of the page.

Contributions Appreciated

Museum Building

Originally built in 1885, a fire destroyed the building, except the lower floor was saved, on April 28, 1924, about 8 a.m.

August 1924 - $30,000 in school bonds were passed to build a new school, with the intention of salvaging the old building and erecting a four room structure on the site.

February 19, 1925 - Longfellow school building, west side, has taken shape and is well on it's way to completion.

August 27, 1925 - Longfellow school is just completed and ready for youngsters. Two separate sections were added to each side (east and west) of the original building. The building has 4 classrooms on the upper level, 4 classrooms in the new wings, an auditorium, stage, rest rooms, office area, furnace room, storage, etc., in the basement.

September 3, 1925 - A reception was held to reopen the school building.

February 4, 1993 - Historical Society acquires Longfellow School for a museum.

March 7-8, 1998 - Vandals do $200,000 damage to the museum. Building was reopened June 16, 1998 - but much work still needed to be done. Building needed repaired, most all the showcase glass restored, totally repainted, recarpeting done, and all artifacts cleaned and rearranged.

May 9, 1999 - Museum Grand Re-Opening held with a bar-b-que on the grounds.
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