Morris County Historical Society

Morris County Historical Society We are non-profit volunteer organization that has a passion for preserving, protecting and maintaining Morris County, Kansas history. We are also the keeper of the county’s genealogical records.

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06/08/2020

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
06/08/2020

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
05/08/2020

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
04/10/2020

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

This show is being rescheduled to Saturday, September 19 from May 24. The guidelines are the same. You will need to pre-...
03/10/2020

This show is being rescheduled to Saturday, September 19 from May 24. The guidelines are the same. You will need to pre-register your quilt for the "Language of Quilts" show by September 2, 2020. See the two registration pages enclosed.

03/10/2020
National Black History Month window at the Chamber, presented by MCHS, highlights Dunlap early black leaders as well as ...
02/08/2020

National Black History Month window at the Chamber, presented by MCHS, highlights Dunlap early black leaders as well as stories by Fern Gayden, noted activist and author in Chicago. Gayden was a granddaughter of Columbus and Josephine Johnson and was born and raised in Dunlap. There are also quotes by noted African American visionaries as well as Karen Scroggins' book and sampler. The Historical Society plans to keep the exhibit pieces on display, as appropriate, at the Archives and at the Dunlap Learning Academy. #MCHS #BlackHistoryMonth #Dunlapkshistory #theflinthills #councilgrove #morriscountyks

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12/22/2019

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Check out the Post Office Oak Museum and the Seth Hays Home Sat., Dec. 21, 1-4 pm. Free admittance and educated docents!
12/21/2019

Check out the Post Office Oak Museum and the Seth Hays Home Sat., Dec. 21, 1-4 pm. Free admittance and educated docents!

12/13/2019
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12/13/2019

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Historic sites open this weekend!! The Seth Hays Home and the Post Office Oak Museum will be open this weekend, and deco...
11/06/2019

Historic sites open this weekend!!

The Seth Hays Home and the Post Office Oak Museum will be open this weekend, and decorated for Christmas. Hours are Friday, 5 to 9, Saturday, 1 to 9, and Sunday, 1 - 4.

A special feature will be Christmas trees decorated with handmade ornaments made by elementary students, grades Pre Kindergarten through Second Grade.

If you visit downtown Council Grove during Saturday night’s Candlelight Charm, you may meet historic Council Grove and Santa Fe Trail personalities. Several will be on hand to share their stories with you.

Being a historic character is fun. If you would like to be a part of this group, call 620-767-3022 for more information. #morriscountyhistoricalsociety #councilgrovehistory #santafetrailincg #historycomesaliveinCG

After the fire at Yesteryear Museum in Council Grove, a few photos tell it all. #cgfire #yesteryearfire #morriscountyhis...
10/30/2019

After the fire at Yesteryear Museum in Council Grove, a few photos tell it all. #cgfire #yesteryearfire #morriscountyhistoricalsociety

Sadly we report that the fire this morning at the Yesteryear Museum did much damage, with most things damaged or burned....
10/30/2019

Sadly we report that the fire this morning at the Yesteryear Museum did much damage, with most things damaged or burned. Many of the items were donations from the estates of Les and Wayne McClintock. Kelley Judd captured these photos as dawn began to break. We appreciate the CG Police Department discovering and reporting the fire and we thank our fine fire department for responding. Ironically, much cataloging had been done of the items in recent weeks/months. Plans were being made to open the museum in rotation with the other sites we own/manage.The loss is truely priceless. #cgfire #morriscountyhistoricalsociety #historyburnsincg

Chris Hartman’s cousin, Jason, has a company named Basement Stop Leak. The Morris County Historical Society used his met...
10/22/2019
Basement Stop Leak

Chris Hartman’s cousin, Jason, has a company named Basement Stop Leak. The Morris County Historical Society used his method to treat the prairie cellar at the Post Office Oak Museuem.

Here is a link showing the process:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/G7wR4Hqnt2EN5vCS9

Jason used over 700 gallons of mud filling pockets and holes. Now the cleanup on our end starts. We look forward to having the cellar open to the public in 2020. #MCHS #MorrisCountyKS #prairiecellars #councilgrove

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Check out the final weeks of the free Book Fair! The Gathering in the Grove will need our building. Make your selections...
09/24/2019

Check out the final weeks of the free Book Fair! The Gathering in the Grove will need our building. Make your selections now before the book collections find permanent new homes. Open on Wednesday afternoons. Check in at the Archives Office.

Are you a Morris County history buff and interested in preserving and protecting our historical roots? Join us for our A...
08/27/2019

Are you a Morris County history buff and interested in preserving and protecting our historical roots? Join us for our August meeting, 6:30 pm Thursday, August 29, at the Carnegie, S. Mission and Main, Council Grove. See you there!

The Morris County Historical Society is honored to have received an antique parlor organ, compliments of the Karen Danie...
08/18/2019

The Morris County Historical Society is honored to have received an antique parlor organ, compliments of the Karen Daniels Stanley, Cherry Daniels Rohloff and Jeff Daniels. The ornate organ has spent most of its 115 years in Morris County and Council Grove. It is believed to have been acquired by Karen, Cherry and Jeff’s great grandfather Countryman in approximately 1906, after the family arrived in northeast Morris County in 1905. The organ has been passed down to the eldest females in the family line. Those ladies are Anna Ewing Countryman, Mildred Wodke, Arthalene Daniels and Karen Stanley. Karen resides in Colorado and wanted the organ to stay where her ancestors had lived and played it. The MCHS has placed the parlor organ in the Seth Hays Home, which is open for tours by appointment by calling 620-767-7388 or emailing [email protected]

Have you visited The Post Office Oak Museum? Guests from far and wide rave about it. The museum will be open Saturday an...
08/15/2019

Have you visited The Post Office Oak Museum? Guests from far and wide rave about it. The museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., through Labor Day weekend. #councilgrove #SantaFeTrail #morriscountyhistoricalsociety #travelks

You'll always learn something new at our meetings! Join us and make a difference! We meet the last Thursday of each mont...
08/01/2019

You'll always learn something new at our meetings! Join us and make a difference! We meet the last Thursday of each month - 6:30 pm at the Carnegie Bldg, Main and S. Mission. Hope to see you soon! #mchs #morriscountyks #councilgrove #historicalcouncilgrove #travelks

We hope you enjoy Echoes of the Past as we post those that are most interesting. Join us 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 25 for ...
07/21/2019

We hope you enjoy Echoes of the Past as we post those that are most interesting. Join us 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 25 for our monthly meeting at the Carnegie Building, S. Mission and Main St. Use the S. Mission St. entrance. All are welcome! #councilgrove #morriscountyhistoricalsociety #mchs #morriscountykshistory

07/17/2019

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Council Grove Daily Republican
July 17, 2019

Council Grove is truly one-of-akind.
No other town has the combination of
historic sites, city and federal lakes,
a first rate aquatic center and multiple
ball fields that are well maintained by the
city. It has the Santa Fe Trail, the Flint Hills
Trail State Park, a first rate hospital, a Life
Center a wonderful grocery store and
lumber yard, and a daily newspaper.
Council Grove also has the unique
feature of its highway entrances. The
Arbor Day Foundation has
us listed as a designated Tree City.
Probably few people think about the
subtle attraction those trees give to
approaching residents and visitors.
Concerning the infrastructure of
Council Grove the Morris County
Historical Society sees deterioration
of the facades on Main St. and an
inconsistent mix of signage that presents
a cluttered and distracting appearance.
We are concerned that the
city continues to lose its historical
appearance by allowing signs that
give a look of clutter versus beauty.
Having said this the city does play
a part in maintaining sites which
promote historic preservation and
the towns attractions for visitors
who contribute significantly to the
local economy. These would include
the Durland Park, the Council Oak,
Madonna of the Trail Park, the Riverwalk
Park and others. The Historical Society is
offering to work with the city of Council
Grove, the Chamber of Commerce
and other interested groups. We will
be increasing our efforts to bring out
all the issues related to historic preservation.
We have to be progressive and
embrace the future but we also need
to do so while embracing the past.
Both have to coexist.

Morris County Historical Society

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07/17/2019

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There is no better way to spend a 38th wedding anniversary than to visit Council Grove and the Post Office Oak Museum?  ...
06/27/2019

There is no better way to spend a 38th wedding anniversary than to visit Council Grove and the Post Office Oak Museum? That is what Ted and Kathy Schmitz of Concordia chose to do today. Congratulations, Ted and Kathy! #MCHS #morriscountyhistoricalsociety #PostOfficeOak #travelks #councilgroveks #councilgrove

Racing in Morris County in the early 20th Century . . . Join us for a cookout and program - June 28, 5-7 pm, behind the ...
06/27/2019

Racing in Morris County in the early 20th Century . . . Join us for a cookout and program - June 28, 5-7 pm, behind the PO Oak Museum.

Join the Morris County HIstorical Society Friday, June 28 for a cookout and presentation on Auto Racing in Morris County circa 1919.We'll see you 5-7 pm behind the PO Oak Museum! #MorrisCountyKsHistory #councilgrove #councilgroveks #MCHS #vintageracing

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04/02/2019

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10/18/2018

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
10/18/2018

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

09/29/2018
History of the Herington Army Airfield

This video was published in April 2018 and is a fascinating story of the importance of Herington Army Airfield in the history of our county and country!

In 1990 Richard Uhlig returned to his hometown of Herington, Kansas, to interview people about the B-29 bomber base there and its impact on local residents.

09/29/2018
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Amazing History of the Herington Army Airfield

In honor of the Voices of the Wind Pageant this weekend, a collection of quilts has been assembled at the historic Cotta...
09/10/2018

In honor of the Voices of the Wind Pageant this weekend, a collection of quilts has been assembled at the historic Cottage House Hotel, Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce and Post Office Oak Museum. This is a limited viewing so please make arrangements soon to stop by and see the amazing display of talent and heritage.

In honor of the Voices of the Wind Pageant this weekend, a collection of quilts has been assembled at the historic Cottage House Hotel, Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce and Post Office Oak Museum. This is a limited viewing so please make arrangements soon to stop by and see the amazing display of talent and heritage.

Council Grove Area Foundation
09/07/2018

Council Grove Area Foundation

Congratulations to the Friends of the White City Public Library for their publication of Fond Memories of Rural Schools; Northwest Morris County Kansas. The book is a historic collection of stories from over 140 students and teachers who attended or taught in one or two room country schools. This book even has over 100 pages of historic photographs. The research for this book started over 10 years ago and we have granted project money along the way, our most recent grant was for $250.00.

You can check out a copy at any of the following libraries:
Council Grove Public Library
White City Public Library
Dwight Public Library
Elm Creek Township Library

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08/11/2018

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08/10/2018
Voices of the Wind People Pageant

Voices of the Wind People Pageant

We will be holding a planning meeting for the pageant on Monday, August 13 at 7PM. It will be held at the Morris County Historical Society, 303 West Main (The Carnegie Building). Please join us!

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303 W Main St
Council Grove, KS
66846

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Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00

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DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THIS SPRING, THE LANGUGAGE OF QUILTS SHOW AND FUNDRAISER EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 2020. Deadline to register your quilt is September 2 and the Event has been re-scheduled to SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020. We look forward to learning the stories behind the quilts Other parts of the program may be adjusted due to the change in schedule. Hope to see you in the Fall!
Winter is ending and spring is awakening around us. Join the children in "Going on a Bear Hunt" in Council Grove. Put a favorite teddy bear in a window at your home or business that is viewable from the street. Children and their adult chauffeurs will be driving past "hunting for bears" and "Capturing" them with their cameras,phone or drawings. !! Join the fun!!! You can post your "sightings" just dont reveal the address, let each discover the bears on their own trek!
According to family lore, this is a piece of quilt made by Ellen Plowman Lockwood from scraps of bedding, etc. recovered after the Cheyenne raid on their cabin west of Council Grove in June 1868. Ellen is my great-great grandmother. Her husband, R. B. Lockwood, had various businesses in Council Grove from about 1857 to his death in 1873. After R. B. died, Ellen and children moved to Adams County, Iowa to live with/near her Lockwood in-laws. R. B. Lockwood was mayor of Council Grove when it first became a city.
Please join us for our "Taste of the Flint Hills" April 27th and 28th. Ticket sales for the tasting will be going to benefit the Morris County Historical Society. Call us today at 620.767.6828 for your room reservation and tickets
https://www.facebook.com/Mr-Quaker-Oats-vs-the-Communist-Chatham-Colony-Association-1573853966016564/ this was an interesting part of our history in Morris county .. more that forgotten.. purposely ignored.
Taught some history to folks up at the Juneteenth celebration in JC this weekend and many were interested in learning more about Dunlap and the history surrounding it!