As we approach our 50th year...
We are working to bring the citizens of Atchison County quality exhibits, educational programming and more.
Hometown Teams, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit will be coming to Atchison June 27 - Aug. 9, 2015.
We always have a variety of exhibits telling the story of Atchison County, Kansas in the Museum you don't want to miss,
Consider becoming a member of YOUR county historical society today - Click here to JOIN or find out how you can SUPPORT our efforts to preserve and share Atchison County's history & heritage.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation as determined by the IRS established in the State of Kansas. Want to know more? Here is a link to our Bylaws and Policies our governing documents. And here is a link to our most current IRS-990 filing (the non-profit version of an income tax form).
Society Board of Directors & Staff
The Board of Directors is the policy making body governing the Historical Society. The nine board members serve 3 year terms with rotating starting points. The Current Board: Harold Scheopner - President - 2016, Steve Caplinger - VP - 2015, Gail Fox - Treasurer - 2016, Galen Pruett - past president - 2017, Jan Falk - 2015, Julia Clem - 2015, Dea Yanke - 2016, Pat Brox - 2017, Open - 2017.
Society Staff: Chris W. Taylor - Executive Director / Corporate Secretary; Darlene Mason-Taylor - Education Coordinator & Collections Assistant.
The Atchison County Historical Society, Inc.
“The mission of the Atchison County Historical Society is to preserve, promote, record and share the history and historical artifacts of Atchison County, Kansas and increase public appreciation of our heritage and culture.”
The Atchison County Historical Society is committed to the principle that a citizenry must possess knowledge of their past to make informed decisions in shaping the future of our community. We believe the thoughtful and proactive preservation of our rich heritage is the best building block of the future.
As we “proceed on” into the 21st Century we will strive to achieve the highest standards for research, educational programming and care of the collections we hold in the public trust. We will pursue regional recognition as a center to advance the understanding of the pre-history and history of Atchison County, Kansas, the Midwest and the era of Westward Migration. We will pursue quality publications, programs and outreach to serve the needs of our membership and expand our membership to secure the future of the Society.
We will concentrate our efforts on building the collection of the Atchison County Historical Society; seeking out partnerships to expand the capacity of our offerings; and securing sufficient funding and staffing to support our operations, maintain our infrastructure, and ensure the long-term financial health of the Society as we strive to fulfill our Mission.
The paths to achieving our Vision can best be expressed in the following general goals:
- To serve as a hub to bring exhibitions and programming to the people of Atchison County.
- To serve as a resource for other entities (other museums, city, county, etc.) on matters of preservation, care of collections, and application of appropriate historical information to current actions.
- Work with other groups and agencies with common goals for preservation of historic sites across Atchison County & working to expand the tourism base of our community to further our Mission and secure funding for future efforts to preserve and share important sites.
- Work with other groups and agencies with common goals for gathering and sharing the history and heritage of Atchison County to find creative ways to reach the next generation of learners by making positive contributions to the gathering and teaching of history.
- Position the Atchison County Historical Society to serve as a lead partner or collaborator in local, state-wide and regional celebrations marking significant historical events.
Historical Society slideshow
How we began...
The genesis of the Atchison County Historical Society came from a conversation between two of the leaders of the two Atchison Kiwanis Clubs in January 1966, when local insurance businessman Ralph Martin was visiting John Gerardy's Coin and Antique Shop at 120 N. Seventh Street.
Looking over some of the treasures in Gerardy's store the two thought it was a shame so much of the county's history was leaving the community. The pair went back to their respective Kiwanis Clubs where they were greeted by encouragement to organize to preserve the history and artifacts of the community. Martin, president of the Kiwanis Club and Wilbur Stocks, president of the Sunflower Kiwanis, then sent out letters inviting local citizens to come to an organizational meeting.
Roll of Honor
The Historical Society bestows this special honor to those members, volunteers and supports without whom the Society and Museum would not be what they are today. The Roll of Honor thanks those who came before us and those still with us for their passion to Share Our History.
Roll of Honor through 2014: Father Peter Beckman, Cloud L. "Bud" Cray, Jr., Evah Cray, Jim Ewbanks, Frank Fogler, John Gerardy, Blanche Houston, Robert Jacobson, Emogene Kautz, Atchison Kiwanis Club, Edgar Lansdorf, Father Angelus Lingenfelser, Vivian Crawford Lutz, Robert Lykins, Ralph Martin, John May, Mrs. O.P. May, Anne Grego-Nagel, Glenn Nichols, Rev. Roger Rumery, Ladd Seaberg, James Search, Eugene Shufflebarger, Charles Spencer, Bob Staley, Elaine Tittsworth, Vearl Tyler, Charles Wagner and Claude Warner. A new class of honorees will be inducted in 2015.