Geary County Historical Society and Museums
The mission of the Geary County Historical Society (located in Junction City, KS) is to preserve and collect history of Geary County, to disseminate historical information using all appropriate media, provide community education on local history and culture, preserve historic landmarks, promote public participation in preservation and commemoration of regional, state and national history, and operate museum/historic sites that preserve objects of value to the Geary County story.
Address: 530 N Adams St, Junction City, KS 66441
Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in these activities must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration and Questions: To register for or to learn more about the programs listed below, email or call Jennifer Dixon, at ProgramsEdu@gchs.kscoxmail.com or GearyHistory@gmail.com or (785) 238-1666
Location/Parking: All programs are held at our main location at 530 N. Adams in Junction City, KS 66441 unless stated otherwise in the description. Parking is just off the alley.
Directions: From I-70E, take exit 296, go north on Washington to 6th Street, turn left on 6th street, then turn left at Adams Street; the museum is on the right. From I-70W, take exit 299, turn right at the exit and left on Highway 40/Flint Hills Blvd/6th Street, turn left on 6th street, then turn left at Adams Street; the museum is on the right.
YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES:
Hands on History Presentations
The Director of Programs and Education hosts a workshop once a month covering in depth information on current exhibits and interactive learning opportunities. View a schedule of the upcoming workshops.
Traveling Trunk Presentations
The Geary County Historical Society has 9 hands-on traveling trunks available for free presentations. Each trunk has artifacts from the time periods they represent. Presentations are between 30 to 45 minutes long. Traveling trunks can travel to locations in Geary County and neighboring counties. View the list of trunk presentations.
Spring Valley Historic Site
The Spring Valley Historic site sits on a one acre plot of land and houses the historic one-room schoolhouse the Spring Valley Schoolhouse, the Wetzel Cabin, Little Cabin, and two working outhouses. The one-room schoolhouse held classes until 1958 and was the last school of its kind in Geary County without plumbing. The working 1930s era water pump and pony barn are still on the grounds. The Wetzel Cabin was moved from its original site on Clarks Creek, and it once held the first Lutheran services in Kansas. It is enchanting with a unique design and history. The Little Cabin shows what it was like to be a pioneer in an authentic one-room log cabin with a loft (just like Little House on the Prairie).
The Spring Valley Historic Site is located at the junction of K-18 and Spring Valley Road. Parking will be directed either on site or directly across the street. The following address may be entered into your GPS:
816 N Spring Valley Road, Junction City, KS 66441
This exhibit is open from January 6 to February 18, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Email or call to make arrangements for a presentation and/or a tour of the exhibit.
The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water--an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. What is water to you? Earn a Girl Scout Water Drop Patch!
Journey Connections: Wonders of Water
Museum Tour, Starcke House Tour
The Geary County Historical Society has three floors with different galleries and exhibits. These include Main Street based on shops from historic downtown, Homestead which is a replica of “Grandma’s Kitchen”, Native American with local American Indian tribes and artifacts, Railroad Station with the Union Pacific Railroad display, Printing Press, and other galleries. In addition to the museum, the Starcke House is a quaint home from the Victoria era to the 1930s with an authentic kitchen, conservatory, and sun porch located next to the museum.
Email or call to make arrangements for a tour of the museum and/or the Starcke House.