Morris County Historical Society

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

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

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

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
04/02/2019

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
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
Micheal

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

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
08/11/2018

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

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!

07/30/2018
Carro de Boi

Aren't you glad your ancestors did this for you? Whew! It's hard to imagine what even a mile of travel would be like.

Vai subindo, boiada! 👏
#carrodeBoi #cultura #tradição

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
07/09/2018

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Timeline Photos
07/02/2018

Timeline Photos

Look what travel writers said about the infamous Post Office Oak Museum, owned and operated by the Morris County Histori...
07/02/2018
Getting Our Bearings At Post Office Oak Museum

Look what travel writers said about the infamous Post Office Oak Museum, owned and operated by the Morris County Historical Society. There's a bit of folklore woven in but still a very positive article for Council Grove/Morris County.

http://ourchanginglives.com/getting-our-bearings-at-post-office-oak-museum/

Council Grove, Kansas is a town that we have heard mentioned many times over the years, but had never visited. Like many small to mid-sized towns, it is filled with the history and stories of the people who persevered in the harsh environment of life on the prairie. In 1541, Coronado

Help us preserve history in Council Grove and Morris County!
06/05/2018

Help us preserve history in Council Grove and Morris County!

Help Morris County and the State of Kansas preserve history!

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS! BRING YOUR ARTIFACTS!
06/04/2018

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS! BRING YOUR ARTIFACTS!

BRING YOUR ARTIFACTS!
Wednesday June 6, 7-9 pm is Collectors Night in the community meeting room in the basement of the Morris County Courthouse. People are encouraged to bring artifacts and “old things” to have them identified, and to learn more about them. Opinions as to value will not be the purpose of this activity.

The Collector's Night is possible due to the experts in Council Grove for the archaeological dig at the Kaw Mission.

Now is your chance to see some of Macey's collection. Visit the Council Grove Chamber at 207 W Main, Council Grove.
05/29/2018

Now is your chance to see some of Macey's collection. Visit the Council Grove Chamber at 207 W Main, Council Grove.

Child Presidential Expert Macey Hensley and her family have arranged a display of the gifts she has received in one of the Chamber windows, with more inside. This will be on display through Washunga Days. Stop by and take a look! Macey, thank you for sharing your collection with us!

Thank you to the Cottage House for sharing this information about the Santa Fe Trail.
05/23/2018

Thank you to the Cottage House for sharing this information about the Santa Fe Trail.

The Department of the Interior designated the “SANTA FE TRAIL REMAINS” in Ford County, Kansas as a National Historic Landmark on May 23, 1963. In 1966 the federal government placed the Santa Fe Trail rut site on the National Register of Historic Places. Boot Hill Museum purchased the rut site in 1969. In 1992, the National Park Service certified the Santa Fe Trail rut site. Happy 55th birthday! More information can be found at: https://www.kshs.org/natreg/natreg_listings/search/page:2/county:FO/records:all #discoverSFNHT #trail50 #santafenationalhistorictrail #santafetrail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail
04/19/2018

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Along the banks of the Neosho River, in the last real grove of trees before the endless great plains, merchants and traders on the Santa Fe Trail would meet, organize their caravans and elect their leaders before setting a westward course for Santa Fe, nearly 700 miles away. Around that small wooded area grew the town of a Council Grove, Kansas which celebrates its pivotal story through dozens of historic sites and buildings preserved around town.

This weekend, join us at Council Grove’s commemoration of its Santa Fe Trail history and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System at the Rendezvous at Council Grove.

Check the schedule and take a step back in time as we celebrate "Rendezvous at Council Grove." This is a Santa Fe Trail ...
04/03/2018

Check the schedule and take a step back in time as we celebrate "Rendezvous at Council Grove." This is a Santa Fe Trail Assn event, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System.

Our historic sites have been planning for this big event. Join us!
04/03/2018

Our historic sites have been planning for this big event. Join us!

The Morris County Historical Society awarded the E. Malcolm Strom Award of Excellence to its first recipient - E. Malcol...
03/26/2018

The Morris County Historical Society awarded the E. Malcolm Strom Award of Excellence to its first recipient - E. Malcolm Strom on Malcolm’s 100 birthday. The award was presented to Malcolm Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Dwight Community Center by MCHS President Dave Cosgrove. The E. Malcolm Strom award will be awarded annually to a county resident who has made outstanding contributions to the county and exudes excellence.

Help Council Grove win the KANSAS! Magazine's 2018 readers' choice favorite weekend getaway! Nominate Council Grove thro...
03/10/2018
Nominate! Your Weekend Getaway

Help Council Grove win the KANSAS! Magazine's 2018 readers' choice favorite weekend getaway! Nominate Council Grove through March 15. Here's a link to our nomination form.

Sometimes you just have to get away. Maybe as a couple, family or just some friends needing to unplug and reconnect. What's your favorite destination in Kansas to take a weekend getaway?

Methuselah's Children, a reader's theatre sponsored by the Morris County Historical Society and performed Sunday at the ...
03/05/2018

Methuselah's Children, a reader's theatre sponsored by the Morris County Historical Society and performed Sunday at the Dunlap Learning Academy attracted both area and out-of-state performers and attenders. Jan Kimbrell and Sharon Haun were instrumental in bringing the play, written about Dunlap, to Dunlap.

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo
03/05/2018

Morris County Historical Society's cover photo

Morris County Historical Society hard at work - protecting, preserving and maintaining area history. The photos indicate...
02/18/2018

Morris County Historical Society hard at work - protecting, preserving and maintaining area history. The photos indicate work being done to the Seth Hays home, the man most consider to be the town's founding father.

A great read - come see us on Sunday in Dunlap!
07/19/2017
Dunlap Memories

A great read - come see us on Sunday in Dunlap!

When asked what year he left Dunlap, Ezell M. Boyce answered, “I never really left.”

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 23!
06/04/2017

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 23!

Today is the day!  There are many great vendors and lots of fun yard sale items.  A delicious lunch is being served. We'...
05/13/2017

Today is the day! There are many great vendors and lots of fun yard sale items. A delicious lunch is being served. We'll be here until 2pm.

Make plans to attend the Craft Show and Flea Market this Saturday at the Dunlap Church Museum.
05/12/2017

Make plans to attend the Craft Show and Flea Market this Saturday at the Dunlap Church Museum.

04/29/2017

Looking for something exciting to do on this rainy day? The Morris County Historical Society is conducting tours of eight local sites today from 1PM-4PM as part of Sethfest 2017. Stop by the Council Oak, the Post Office Oak, Rendezvous Camp Site and river crossing for the Rendezvous Camp Site, Seth Hays Home, Kaw Mission, Last Chance Store, Hermits Cave and Rawlinson-Terwilliger House. Guides will be at each site to share the stories.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 13 and plan to attend the Craft Show and Flea Market.
04/28/2017

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 13 and plan to attend the Craft Show and Flea Market.

The Morris County Historical Society is sponsoring a "fireside chat" with 98 year-old author Malcolm Strom of Dwight on ...
01/23/2017

The Morris County Historical Society is sponsoring a "fireside chat" with 98 year-old author Malcolm Strom of Dwight on Sunday, January 29 at 2pm. The event will be held at the lower level of the Carnegie Building, 303 West Main in Council Grove.

The fireside chat will be a question and answer format moderated by Dave Cosgrove, Morris County Historical Society President. Questions for Malcolm may be emailed to [email protected]. Malcolm will be discussing Morris County and "how things were back in the day" in addition to his service in the Korean War and WWII.

Refreshments will be served following the event. The public is encouraged to attend.

Morris County Historical Society
12/14/2016

Morris County Historical Society

The Morris County Historical Society preserves and oversees many historic sites and we need help! How can you help? Join as a member, volunteer at one of the sites or in the archives (there are many different types of jobs to do!), or make a donation. Questions? PM us here!

12/13/2016

We love all the new "likes" we've been getting the past few weeks!

12/13/2016

Thank you to everyone who ordered See's Candies for our fundraiser this year. If you haven't received your candy yet, you should receive it soon.

The Morris County Historical Society preserves and oversees many historic sites and we need help!  How can you help?  Jo...
12/13/2016

The Morris County Historical Society preserves and oversees many historic sites and we need help! How can you help? Join as a member, volunteer at one of the sites or in the archives (there are many different types of jobs to do!), or make a donation. Questions? PM us here!

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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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(620) 767-7388

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