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.
Look for our Open House coming in the spring of 2021 to feature our new Medical and Business Room.
The Medical Room exhibit will show case Drs. CB Harris's office, Dr. Dougherty's instrument Collection, and items of Dr. Mildred Julius Stevens. Exhibits from the Anderson County Hospital include pictures of physicians and medical equipment.
Other items include P.G. Smith, Optometrist, eye glass collection and desk, dental chairs, wheelchairs and a prosthetic leg.
The Business Room exhibits old equipment used in offices and items from the courthouse.
Keep a lookout for our announcements of Open House and New Exhibits.
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!
2020 ACHS Board Members
MONTHLY POTLUCK MEETINGS---Everyone Welcome!!!
2021: All meetings start at 6:30 unless announced otherwise. Potluck Meetings bring your favorite dishes & we provide tableware and drinks!!!
March or April: Special spring kick-off banquet at the First Christian Church, a Catered meal & Guest Speaker. Contact a Board Member for Tickets. Date and cost to be announced
May 6: At the Museum
June 3: At Willow Branch School #89
July 1: At the Museum,
August 5: At the Museum.
September 2: At the Museum,
October 7: At the Museum,
November 4: Meeting place and time 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 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 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 Bldg on 5th and Main. We are now housed in the Longfellow School bldg at 410 W. 6th Ave.
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.
1856 Valentin Gerth Cabin. First White settlement in Anderson Co, and a slave hideout. Located in Greeley, KS.
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
P.O. Box 183, 410 West 6th Avenue, Garnett, Kansas 66032, United States
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!