Buffalo County Historical Society and Trails & Rails Museum

The object of this Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially the history of Buffalo County and the State of Nebraska. Understanding the history and preservation of the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life and gives us a better appreciation of our American heritage.



On this website, you will find information about Buffalo County Historical Society (BCHS) and Trails & Rails Museum events, archive information, contact information, photos of our property, as well as general information!

Donations to the Trails & Rails Museum (both monetary and artifacts) allow for continued development for the museum and educational pieces. Support the museum today by making a donation!

Mary Brady Traut


It is hard to believe that we are inching closer to Kearney’s sesquicentennial in 2023! In preparation for the 150-year celebration, we want to begin celebrating early in assembling The Buffalo County Sesquicentennial book! We hope to release this book at the end of 2023 before the Holiday Season.

What we need from YOU is your help in assembling the Family Histories section of the Sesquicentennial book. We understand that some family histories here in Buffalo County are longer than others, but here are some guidelines to follow and what we need from YOU!

Guidelines in writing family histories

Interview Field Kit- Do you know someone whose family history should be written, but they don't have the means of writing or typing? This detailed, line by line, Interview Field Kit is a great tool to help a family member in a nursing home or family activity to reminisce on the good ol' days.

We also want to know if you want a copy for yourself, family, and/or friends, let us know! We can have books ready for pick up at Trails & Rails Museum or shipped out. Reserve yours now! Pre-order form

Buffalo County Sesquicentennial sponsors may also find it worth their while to advertise in a timeless book like this one! It's easy to sponsor. Check out the advertising opportunities here!

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Kearney Opera House
Kearney Opera House

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Kearney Opera House
Kearney Opera House

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Trails & Rails Museum sign
Trails & Rails Museum sign

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Trails & Rails Museum sign

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Volunteer Quote Elaine Batenhorst
Volunteer Quote Elaine Batenhorst

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Volunteer Quote Elaine Batenhorst
Volunteer Quote Elaine Batenhorst

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Becoming a member of the Buffalo County Historical Society is a great choice for those of all ages who want to help preserve the past and who enjoy history! 

Membership includes:

  • Free admission into Trails & Rails Museum

  • 20% discount in our gift shop

  • Bi-monthly Buffalo Tales newsletters

  • Invitations to members-only events

  • Advance notice to special happenings

  • Special volunteer opportunities

Membership levels:

  • Student.............................................$10

  • Individual..........................................$35

  • Family (immediate).........................$40

  • Institutional/Corporate..................$50

  • Supporting........................................$75

Engineer Membership levels:

  • Silver Engineer Member.........................................$125

    • Your name or company listed in Buffalo Tales and in all BCHS programs in the Family History Center!

  • Gold Engineer Member..........................................$250

    • Your name or company logo listed in Buffalo Tales and all BCHS programs​ in the Family History Center! 

Please refer to the membership levels above and then click the "donate" button below and follow PayPal instructions.

Want to donate with cash or a check? Fill out the form below by clicking the button "Membership Form" and send your completed form and cash/check to:

Trails & Rails Museum

710 W 11th St, Kearney, NE 68845

Please help us thank our Engineers for their support!

Trails & Rails Museum Gold Engineers

Lynn Andersen

Pam Artman

Lean & Ardy Brandt

Bob & Caroline Worlock Brickman

Kenneth & Kathy Carmann

Roger & Cecelia Davis

John Haase

Larry & Carol Hardesty

Lance & Chris Hehner

Jerry J & Tami J Hellman

Kathleen & Richard Hranac

Gloria & Dan LeDroit

Jerry & Edith Marlatt

Robin & Judy Marshall

Bill & Janice Martin

Sharon & John Martin

Walter Moore

Pat Neff

Corene & Errol Phillips

Dale & Janet Pohlmann

Dr. Charles & Vickie Schaepler

Trails & Rails Museum Silver Engineers

Sharron Altmaier

George & Roxanne Bascom

Elaine & Michael Batenhorst

Vicki Bissell

Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology

Carol Copeland Huntington

Dora Day

Yvonne Deyle-Barth

In remembrance of O.L. ‘Jack’ Erickson

Jim & Marsha Fairbanks

June Flesner-Becker

Glenda & Chuck Frasier

Thomas R. Gallagher

Carl & Louise Gangwish

Lenore Stubblefield

Phil & Carlene Waldron

Joe & Jean Widdowson

Dean & Lana Gosch

Mark Hadenfeldt

Galen & Marilyn Hadley

Cris & Heidi Hehner

Kay Horner

Kay Puttergill Horst

Larry & Judy Johnson

Kearney Floral Co.

Charles & Kay Kreutzer


George & Marci Jo Lambert

Sharon & Gary Mason

Peggy Miller

Nelson’s Furniture, Inc.

Dick & Glenda Prascher

Eric & Debbie Rosenlof

Dan & Julie Speirs

Todd & Elthea Stover

Your name could be here! 

Ask a board member or staff. 




Phase II

BCHS is working toward building the west wing of the Family History Center to better serve Buffalo County. Not only is this space desperately needed for continued storage, but this new space will also be utilized for additional programming, displays, and events! Check out the below pictures and Phase II pledge form to help us achieve this important feat for our community!

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have about this great addition to YOUR Trails & Rails Museum.


For those inquiring about naming rights, please contact Executive Director, Jennifer Murrish, for more details!







  • American Association of Museums

  • American Association of State and Local History

  • Ravenna Chamber of Commerce

  • Gibbon Chamber of Commerce

  • Kearney Chamber of Commerce

  • Kearney Chamber’s Young Professional Network

  • Kearney Chamber’s Hospitality Committee