BCHS Happenings

Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails and Rails Museum has wonderful events and contests throughout the year to help engage the community, garner support, and preserve the history of Buffalo County! Yearly events include our Wagons West Celebration, our Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon, 5K and 10K, From Beyond the Grave, and our Christmas Tree Walk. Other events hosted by BCHS include public and private ghost hunts/tours, walking tours through our historical buildings, Fabulous Friday programs and so much more!

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                                                 Calendar of Events 2023
January 11     Brown Bag lecture - "Kearney 150"  Kearney Public Library
Jan-Feb         Kearney 150 Display at Kearney Public Library
Feb - May      Bison Exhibit at Trails and Rails 
Feb - Dec      Kearney 150 Display at Trails and Rails Museum
Feb 29          Don't Come Event
April 16          Annual Meeting BCHS at Trails and Rails 
June              Voice and Votes Smithsonian Exhibit at Trails and Rails 
June 10         Wagons West Celebration at Trails and Rails 
June 24         Kearney 150th Birthday Party in Downtown Kearney
Juley 23        Pioneer Baseball Game
Sept 30 - Oct 2  From Beyond the Grave at Kearney Cemetary 
Dec 3            Official Kearney 150 Birthday/Time Capsule at Trails and Rails 
Dec 7            KACF Give Where You Live
Dec 1 - 10      37th Annual Christmas Tree Walk at Trails and Rails 
 
Fabulous Fridays programs at Trials and Rails 2nd Friday Monthly at 2pm
( 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/11, 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8 )

FABULOUS FRIDAYS

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ART & CULTURE DISPLAY

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GHOST HUNTS

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EVENTS

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FABULOUS FRIDAYS

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! 

MUSEUM GROUNDS

FAMILY HISTORY CENTER ROTATING DISPLAY:
BUFFALO COUNTY PROSPERITY 

From January - December 2022, the Buffalo County Prosperity display is prominently displayed in the Family History Center. 

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GHOST HUNTS

As most people in Kearney know, we are reported to be haunted. If you have ever wanted to experience signs from the afterlife, such as voices, smells, touches from unseen hands, footsteps then taking part in one of our Ghost Hunts might be for you!

 

We offer Ghost Hunts frequently, especially in October. Dates and times are subject to the preferences of guests and guide availability.

 

See the registration form for more information! 

Mary Brady Traut
Gibbon Pioneers 2021

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

At varioius times the Buffalo County Historical Society host 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! 

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CHRISTMAS TREE WALK

The 36th annual Christmas Tree Walk



This year's tree walk is the first two weekends in December (December 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th) 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!