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Geary County Historical Society and Museums

Our mission is to preserve and collect history of Geary County, to disseminate historical information, provide community education, 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.

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.

How to register:  Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. To register for or to learn more about the programs listed below, email or call Jennifer Dixon, at gearyhistoryprograms@gmail.com or (785) 238-1666.

Cost per person: Free
 

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Hands on History Presentations

  All Levels

Welcome back to our Hands On History programs for the 2020-2021 school year. We are not having in-person education classes yet, but we've created activity packets and videos for you to enjoy. The activity packets are interactive, at-home lessons on various time periods in history. Parental guidance is recommended and a supply list is provided. 

Videos will be accessible on YouTube with the links provided each month. These are recorded at the museum, so you will be able to see some of our exhibit spaces.

View the schedule of upcoming programs.

Additional info: The activity packet or video will be posted to the Geary County Historical Society and Museum website and Facebook page on the date listed on the schedule. 

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: My Family Story, Junior Badge: Playing the Past

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.
 

Decade Themed Activity Packets

  All Levels

  • Turn of the Century Activity Packet: Includes basic decade history, rag doll instructions with photos, a diary entry from a local Junction City young adult female, a coloring page from a local newspaper ad, the Gibson hair style tutorial with photos, and a recipe from a 1917 cookbook that relates to the diary entry, and a wildflower scavenger hunt for each season.
  • Happy Days 1950s Activity Packet: Includes basic decade history (President Eisenhower local info), how to make a poodle skirt, sock hop playlist, Jello mold recipe, coloring page from a local newspaper ad, and manners & etiquette lesson.
  • Life During WWII Activity Packet: Includes basic decade history, Hardtack or ration cake recipe, patch torn uniform, write a letter to a loved one, plant a Victory Garden (V.G. history), marching lesson, and coloring page from a local newspaper ad. 

Additional info: We will provide the written lessons and instructions and the troops will need to purchase the recommended supplies.

Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Playing the Past

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self, Displays positive values, Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.
 

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Spring Valley Historic Site

  All Levels

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

Additional info: Tours are by appointment only and masks are required.

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Celebrating Community, Brownie Badge: My Family Story, Junior Badge: Playing the Past

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Museum Tour, Starcke House Tour

  All Levels

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.

Additional info: Tours are by appointment only and masks are required.

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Celebrating Community, Brownie Badge: My Family Story, Junior Badge: Playing the Past

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.