Early telephone systems had switch boards operated by telephone operators, usually women. This switchboard is from Westphalia, Kansas. It is displayed at the Anderson County Historical Society Museum in Garnett, Kansas. It even has a list of the telephone numbers and the people owning those numbers taped to the switch board.
MONTHLY MEETINGS---Everyone Welcome!!!
Our next historical society meeting will be in the Spring, 2023, in the Community Building at the North Park. Watch the website and the Anderson County Review for details of the Anderson County Historical Society meetings in the Spring.
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 most publications relating specifically to Anderson County. There are numerous printed family genealogies and surname files.
The Museum will be open from May 1st through September 30th. Days open: Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
You may contact the museum during these hours by telephone: 785-448-5740 or e-mail us at Information@historyandersoncoks.org
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! Donations for research time gladly accepted. Information@historyandersoncoks.org
Mail to: 410 W. 6th Ave, 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! When making calls to the museum October to April leave a voice message or better yet send us an e-mail.