November 7th-6 pm-ACHS Meeting @ Borntraegers-Dinner and Presentation

Anderson County Historical Society Museum

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ACHS History

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 Bldg on 5th and Main. We are now housed in the Longfellow School bldg at 410 W. 6th Ave.

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Garnett is the county seat for Anderson County, Kansas.  The courthouse,  in the Romanesque architectural style, was built in 1861.  For a complete history of Garnett and other Anderson County towns, click below. 


The Monthly Potluck Meeting will be Thursday, Aug 8th at the Museum location on Hwy 59 and 6th Ave.

Special Presentation by Richard Miller on The History of the County Fair.

Our meetings begin at 6:30 pm and usually last 1 1/2-2 hours!  


Upcoming Meetings 

November 7 @ Borntragers $15.00 per person

 6:00 pm

Dinner and presentation provided by our hosts

**This dinner is sold out



Anderson County Historical Society

Learn about Local History!

Monthly Meetings May - November


Annual Dues: $5.00 per year.

Lifetime Membership: $50.00.

Get Involved!  Volunteers are always needed!


About Us


Collections at the Museum

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.


2019: All meetings start at 6:30.  Bring you’re favorite dish. We’ll have tableware and Drinks  Everyone welcome!

May 2:  At Museum, Presentation by Ruth Lee Hastert, Spoon River Anthology

June 6:  At Willow Branch School #89

July 11:  At Museum, Presentation by Gayla Corley, History of Catholic Churches

August 8:  At Museum, Presentation by Richard Miller, History of the County Fair

September 5:  At Museum:  Lake Garnett Grand Prix

October 3: Hungry Hollow Stage Coach Stop @ Welda Community Building

November 7: Borntragers for Dinner.  Tickets will be sold.


 We were fortunate to receive a Kansas Humanities Grant in April of this year.  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 an open house in April 2020. 


The Harris House


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.

Harris Carriage House


 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.  

Valentin Gerth Cabin


1856 Valentin Gerth Cabin. First White settlement in Anderson Co, and a slave hideout. Located in Greeley, KS.

Contact Us

Or better yet, come see us in person!

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!

Anderson County Historical Society

P.O. Box 183, 410 West 6th Avenue, Garnett, Kansas 66032, United States

Call during open hours or leave a message: 785-448-5740


Open today

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We are open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Appointments at any other time can be made for the Museum, the Harris House or the Gerth Cabin are welcome.  Just call or email!

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