Last updated: 5/21/2014
Junction City, Kansas
Street Address
530 North Adams
Junction City, KS 66441
Mailing Address
PO Box 1161
Junction City, KS 66441
phone: 785-238-1666


Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday
1 PM - 4 PM


Email for details on group tours.

Free for individuals.


Sarah Moppin, Executive Director
phone: 785-238-1666
Jamie Martin-Clark, Education and Program Director
phone: 785-238-1666
Heather Hagedorn, Curator
phone: 785-238-1666
John Sterling, Building Maintenance
phone: 785-238-1666
Florence Whitebread, Board President
phone: 785-238-1666

The museum served as a high school from 1904 to 1929. From 1930 until the late 1960's the building housed all the sixth grades in the city as a Departmental School. The administration offices were also located in the building. In the 1940s, kindergarten classes were started in the basement level and during the 1970s, the building housed "Continuing Education" and "Head Start" programs.

After the building was vacated by the school district in the 1970's, it was purchased by Junction City philanthropist, Fred Bramlage, and donated to the historical society in 1982 as a permanent home for the museum. Society volunteers labored over a year to get the main floor ready for use and in May 1983, the Geary County Historical Society opened its doors. In the years since, over a half million dollars have been raised from within the community and used to restore the entire building and develop the museum and its programs.

Research Collections
The Jeffries Research Center

The research center serves as a depository for family and community histories and contains records for genealogical and historical research. Local newspapers dating from the 1860s and an extensive collection of vintage photographs are on file here. A microfilm reader/printer gives access to county records and newspapers. A volunteer staff provides research assistance.

Access: $10 an hour for research. Free for members
Appointment required: No
Educational Programs
Traveling Trunks: Traveling trunks accompanied by costumed docents carry artifact-illustrated programs to school classes and adult groups.
Living History: Living history craft demonstrations, art exhibitions, reenactments, lectures and special programs are periodically presented at the museum and at the 3 satellite sites. See website or Facebook for details.

See The Jeffries Research Center

Appointment required: No
Bi-monthly newsletter for members.
"Set in Stone" written for the sesquicentennial it is available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Auditorium/Meeting Room:

An auditorium or meeting room is available for group functions, programs, and banquets. Seating capacity is approximately 125.

Gift Shop:

An attractive gift shop features locally hand-crafted merchandise and is open on the main level during museum hours and available online at our website.

Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Wheelchair Accessible
Museum Events
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