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Be First in Line for Exhibits - Special Eductional Programs and the Knowledge You are Standing Up For History

Becoming a member of the Atchison County Historical Society - supports us with your donation, and your name - as someone who cares about our history. We leverage your membership with other funders to bring in future traveling exhbiits, develop youth education programs and more.


There are several levels of membership - from the basic levels - Individual, Non-Profit, Senior and Family Levels; to Business or Corporate Levels. One of the easiest and rewarding is Life Membership - which in additional to securing your membership forward also makes a significant contribution to the Endowment Fund on your behalf.

Don't want to join or donate online? Click here to download an old-fashioned PDF Membership Form you can print out and mail to us.

Donate to support projects or the Endowment Fund

Your directed donations help us fund Education Projects, Exhibits, Collections Care and Acquisition of Artifacts for the Collection. We have onoing need for Education and Collections Care funding. Both are areas where we always have more demand than we can supply.

If you are thinking more long-term the Endowment Fund may fit your plans - the donated funds are invested with the growth and interest only used to fund operations.


Volunteers are the life blood of all non-profit organizations - those who share a passion - in our case for history. We have made the transition from the all-volunteer beginnings to professional staff led by Volunteer Board who span a cross-section of Atchison County. We are developing new volunteer opportunities; from history research, museum guides for special exhibits, computer based work, to outdoors at our Lewis & Clark site. See our Volunteer Page for more info, or Contact Us to find the right fit.

About the Atchison County Historical Society

Established in 1967, the first museum was opened in 1968. The Society moved into the current museum, the 1880 Santa Fe Depot, in 1989. We host quarterly evening adult education programs and sponsor K-12 programming, including the monthly Pioneer Club for 4th-7th grade students.

The Atchison County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in the State of Kansas.

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About Independence Creek: Lewis & Clark Historic Site

Open Sunrise to Sunset year round. Located 5 miles north of Atchison's Main Street this site may be reached by car or by hiking/biking trail. The 13.5 acre site has reestablished the prairie as seen by the Corps of Discovery and encompasses a stretch of Independence Creek referred to by Captain William Clark in his July 4, 1804 journal entry. A pedestrian bridge completes the 5-mile trail link to the Atchison Riverfront. A re-creation of a 1724-1804 era Kanza Indian Earthlodge interprets the Kanza habitation of this location.

Physical location:

19917 314th Road, Atchison, KS

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Museum Hours & Admission

Summer Hours:

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday

noon to 5 pm Sundays

Winter Hours: (November - March)

9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday

10 am to 4 pm Saturdays

noon to 4 pm Sundays (closed Jan & Feb)

Open to the public 350 days a year - closed: New Years, Sundays in January and February, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year's Eve.

Museum admission is by donation - requested donations $2-adults, $1-children, $1.50-seniors, $5-family.

Contact us for Group Tours booking, rates and details.

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (913) 367 6238
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Atchison County Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 201
  • 200 S. 10th Street, Santa Fe Depot
    Atchison, KS 66002