Ness County Historical Museum


The Historical Museum is housed in the old Beardslee Brothers General Store which originally was a building owned by Ross Calhoun, the father of Ness City. When a fire destroyed the building in 1899, the present building was built with supplies from the razed Calhoun House and sugar mill.

The Historical Society started renovation of the building with goals in mind of maintaining the original appearance of the building and to catalog and display the extensive artifact collection of the county for future generations.

Programs – The Society provides workshops, presentations, and talks about county history and artifacts presented in the museum to schools and civic groups.

Research – Our archives serve as a depository for family and community histories and contain records for genealogical and historical research.

Tours – Appointments for individuals or groups to visit the museum when not open can be arranged by calling the museum, or other listed numbers.

Forgotten Settlers of Kansas – The Historical Society is a part of the Forgotten Settlers of Kansas project. We have Volumes 1 to 19 (more being prepared) which consist of the reproductions of applications and pedigree charts that have been submitted fro certification. These are reproduced as received to use as future references for generations to come as you may see your ancestors handwriting 100 years from now. We may be contacted for applications and instructions.


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