Ed Fink was a local artist, craftsman, historian, and musician in Garnett, Kansas. He wrote and illustrated a book, Pictorial History & Folklore of Anderson County. A series of his sketches will appear here. Permission granted to the Anderson County Historical Society by Ed Fink in 1990 for the reproduction of his drawings in this book.
The sketch to the left is "The Rutledge Fort and Robbers Roost, 1855-1882."
MONTHLY MEETINGS---Everyone Welcome!!!
Our third meeting of the year will be a potluck July 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the museum. Everyone is welcome, bring your favorite foods and join us for a potluck supper, fun and an interesting program following our meal!!!
Program for the meeting will be: To be announced.
We house a very wide collection of artifacts of Anderson County. Our "category" rooms include: School, Military and Organizations, Church, Home, Library, Medical & Business, Farm, and Country Store. We specialize in helping with family genealogy and research. We have all publications relating specifically to Anderson County. There are numerous printed family genealogies and surname files.
We were fortunate to receive a Kansas Humanities Grant. The grant is titled "The Impact of Early Medical Professionals of Anderson County Kansas". We will be researching all people involved with the medical field from 1855 to mid to late 1900's that resided and operated in the county. As part of the grant, we will also be remodeling the Medical and Business Room. We will unveil our new displays and finding aids at our open house in Spring 2021.
The Anderson County Kansas Historical Society was founded on January 6, 1968 and located on the 2nd floor of the Anderson County Courthouse. From December 1, 1971 to February 4, 1992 the museum was located in the old Farrow Building on 5th and Main. We are now housed in the Longfellow School at 410 West 6th Street.
The Harris House was a gift to the Anderson County Historical Society in December 1980, by Dr. Claib B. Harris Jr, his wife Donna, his sisters Miss Isabella Harris and Mrs. Sue Williams, Garnett; and Mrs. Margaret Chafee, of Perry, Oklahoma.
The Carriage House, behind the home, holds numerous items significant to the era. A Manners family 1860 conestoga wagon, the 1890 Garnett man powered fire hose cart, a Shellhorn family homemade sleigh, and an early yeast maker each represent a significant role in the history of Anderson County. Numerous other items of agricultural interest are displayed.
The 1856 Valentin Gerth Cabin. First White settlement in Anderson Co, and a slave hideout. Located in Greeley, Kansas.
If you love old things, this is a stop you must make. This old school house is packed with every kind of artifact and plenty of research materials from Anderson County, Kansas. If you're searching for an ancestor, we can help you dig! You can even email your research questions and we'll look for you! Information@historyandersoncoks.org
Mail to: P.O. Box 183, Garnett, Kansas 66032, United States
Driving directions: SE corner of 6th Ave and Hwy 59 Call during open hours or leave a message: 785-448-5740
The Museum is closed during the months October through April. Call for a tour of the museum or e-mail.
Appointments at any other time can be made for the Museum, the Harris House or the Gerth Cabin and are welcome. Just call or email!