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Up coming events

March 2nd – May 10th


Your Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails & Rails Museum will host another Smithsonian traveling exhibition called                          “Water/Ways.”

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. 

Not only will the Water/Ways exhibition feature many hands-on learning experiences, but also be accompanied by a supplemental exhibition created by Gwendolynn Folk, UNK Graduate Research Assistant for the Communication Department under Dr. Mary Harner. As part of an Internship Project, Folk is coordinating and implementing materials that reflect more of the Nebraska water and environmental story.  According to Folk, “Water influences all aspects of our life, biologically, historically, as well as artistically. 

Recent Happenings at the Museum



The Fabulous Friday program, every second Friday of the month, features various guest speakers about Buffalo County's history. Organized by Mary Beth Lowe, Janice Martin, Vicki Bissell, and Sharon Martin, these free programs are made available to the public in the West Wing of the Family History Center at the Trails & Rails Museum as part of our mission to continue telling Buffalo County history. Please stay tuned to our "BuffaloCounty HistoricalSociety" Facebook page as we frequently go live during these programs! 

Mary Brady Traut


During the fall of the year, when the leaves are turning, the Buffalo County Historical Society hosts presentations of local historical "spirits" from beyond the grave. These apparations provide first person narratives of how it was! Keep an eye on this spooky site for information on the next program! 

Gibbon Pioneers 2021


The 37th annual Christmas Tree Walk

This year's tree walk is the first two weekends in December (December 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th) and the week in-between (December 5-9). Thus, this is a nine-day event! Come check out dozens of trees decorated by area not-for-profits that tie their mission into this year’s theme which is "Prosperity."

New Visiting Hours:
Sunday through Wednesday

 1:00pm through 5:00pm.

Thursday through Saturday
4pm through 8:00pm.


And, a Members Only Special Preview
Saturday, December 3rd from 12-1pm

We are also encouraging individuals to take part in decorating a mini-tree/wreath for a silent bid auction benefiting the museum! We have a variety of several MINI – TREES and now WREATHS for anyone interested in decorating a tree benefiting the Trails & Rails Museum.


We will provide the tree/wreath and a strand of lights. You will then decorate the tree however you see fit and bring it back no later than December 2nd!

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