Bovine Hairballs & Other Unnamed: The Finney County Historical Museum in 2021

As things heat up in the High Plains and the vaccination rollout continues, many organizations are launching community outreach with educational programs, entertainment and fundraising rallies. Today we had the general manager Steve quakenbush from Finney County Historical Museum to share information about their upcoming events, conferences, exhibitions and presentations. There’s a LOT to digest, so see below for the recap. Remember: Please continue to wear masks and practice social distancing while visiting the museum!

The museum is located at 403 S. Fourth Street in Garden City, KS —The entrance is located on the edge of the Lee Richarson Zoo, located next to the pedestrian entrance to the zoo. For more information visit the website. If you would like to get involved or volunteer, call Steve at 620-272-3664 or by e-mail.

Click on the link below for our full interview.

Learn more about their collection of artifacts: About 21,000 cataloged artifacts, ranging from hat pins and country buttons to an 1887 fire wagon and a 1930 Ford Model A. (Steve’s favorite item is an 1864 US Army rifle rifle; his article the less preferred is a cow hair ball.)

Learn more about the “History Lecture Series”: There are two different series in force: The story at noon and Evening at the Museum. Both are free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsors of AT&T pioneers and Conseil du Sud. Coffee and tea are provided; please wear a mask and respect social distancing.

—– History at Noon (12p TC)

Second Wednesday in January, February, March and April


Second Wednesday of Sep, Oct, Nov

Next presentation: Flu 1918 (Wednesday March 10) ~ See description below.

—– Evening at the Museum (7 TC pieces)

Third Tuesday in January, February, March and April


Third Tuesday Sep, Oct, Nov

Next presentation: Flu 1918 (Tuesday March 16) ~ See description below.

On Flu 1918: The Finney County Historical Society will be offering another pair of free evening and noon history programs for the public in March as part of the History at High Noon and Evening at the Museum series in Garden City. Sessions for 2021 take place with remote headquarters and additional COVID-19 precautions. Each is provided in the Mary Regan Lecture Hall at the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth Street in Finnup Park in Garden City, with access from the north entrance. The programs are sponsored by the Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers. The next stop is “Flu 1918”, scheduled for March 10 at noon and March 16 at 7 pm. Rather than host a live speaker this time around, the museum is sharing a 60-minute PBS documentary that chronicles what is still called “the worst story.” The program was produced in 1998 as part of the PBS “American Experience” series of programs and continues to garner favorable reviews for the information it provides on the current coronavirus pandemic.


-Ad Astra by Aspera – 160e Kansas birthday on 29/29; celebrate with this exhibit.

-Exhibition on real crime (Particularly interesting): Chronicles of how law enforcement in SW Kansas sold the 1920s crime wave of the Ralph and Jake Fleagle gang, and the 1959 Clutter family murders that led to the novel by Truman Capote, In cold blood.

COMING SOON: Front Door Gallery (Temporary exhibitions)

-April: History of Philanthropy / WKCF

-June: The Unmentionables: corsets / belts / bloomers / historical pants

-August / Sept: Memories of September 11: Photos, press clippings, short memories on the 20e anniversary of the attacks.

-Autumn 2021: Kids clothing

-Holiday 2021: Father Christmas’s workshop: animatronic display that occurs every other holiday season!

Current exhibitions: Buffalo Jones, Last of the Plains Men; My place in time; Big pool; 19e Century cuisine; Blizzard 57 / Tornado 67 / Flood 65; Finney County agriculture; Windsor Hotel / dressing room; Finney County Veterans; Discover Kansas; Take stock in Finney County; Spirit of the Plains; True crime / historic 1884 William Fulton House

Other events and activities: to come

-Flea market party (July 10, 2021) ~ 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT

-Sale of spare ribs for Labor Day (September 2, 2021)

-Autumn historic picnic (Oct 3, 2021)

-Historic walking tours of Valley View Cemetery (Oct 14, 15 and 16, 2021 ~ 6p and 8p CT)

-Finney County Pioneer Awards Banquet (November 6, 2021)

-Open Holiday Doors (Dec 11, 2021)

Museum opening hours:

Working hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, weekdays

Exhibition hours:

Winter, spring and autumn: Throughout the school year

-Exhibitions: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. CT ~ Every day of the week

Summer: After Memorial Day until mid-August

-Exhibitions: 10 am-5pm HC from Monday to Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CT on Sunday

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