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THE MUSEUM IS OPEN FOR THE 2017 SEASON!  Museum Curator Jane Pahls invites you to come visit the museum.  Regular hours are 10 am - 2 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Special arrangements can also be made for visits to the museum, the old Jewell County limestone jail/sheriff's residence building, and the Farm History Museum buildings.  Please call the curator at 785/545-7658 in advance to schedule a visit or email her at jwchsmuseum@gmail.com.  Also check the Facebook page (Jewell County Historical Society Museum) for information about programs and events.


Our Museum is dedicated to preserving Jewell County, Kansas, artifacts and heritage. Most of our artifacts have come from Jewell County or have been donated by the residents.  Please stop by and see our exhibits. Thank you for your interest!

Museum Hours of Operation:  mid-April - mid-October 

  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10 am - 2 pm
  • Special visits and tours upon request.  Call 785/545-7658 for scheduling or send an email to jwchsmuseum@gmail.com.

Looking for a gift for that "hard to shop for" person?  Consider a gift of history and knowledge!  The museum has several publications available for sale covering areas of Jewell County history and Kansas history.  Give us a call at 785/545-7658 to inquire about the titles and offerings available.


Genealogy Research

Visitors and researchers are welcome to review the records and materials maintained in the museum.  Appointments outside of regular hours can be made with the curator.  CONTACT INFO - 785-545-7658 (please leave a message or send a text).

Mindy Ost is available to do searches for a fee.  Contact her for information about her services and fee schedule.  CONTACT INFO - minken@rhelectric.net OR 785-545-8748.

Our microfilm collection of Jewell County newspapers is located at the Mankato City Library.  We ask for a donation of your choice to the Jewell County Historical Society for the use and upkeep of our records and microfilm.  Please send your donation to JCHS, 118 N. Commercial, Mankato, KS 66956.

                                        THE GENEALOGIST"S PSALM

Genealogy is my past time, I shall not stray; it maketh me to lie down and examine half-buried tombstones.  It leadeth me into still Courthouses; it restoreth my ancestral knowledge.  It leadeth me in paths of census records and ships's passenger lists For my surname's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the shadows of research libraries and microfilm readers, I shall fear no discouragement; for a strong urge is within me; the curiosity and motivation they comfort me.  It demandeth preparation of storage space for the acquisition of countless documents; It anointest my head with burning midnight oil, my family group sheets runneth over.

Surely birth, marriage, and death dates shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of a family-history seeker for ever.