LCHS Hours of Operation

January - December
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Research Library
January - December
Tuesday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Richard Howe House & Farmstead
January - December
By appointment

April - September
10:00am - 4:00pm

Tours of the Museum and Farmstead available by appointment, but must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

Hours of operation are subject to change without notice and may be different during special events.  Please call 620.340.6310 prior to your visit. 
Saving history and telling stories since 1937
 Historical Society reaches halfway mark!

The Lyon County Historical Society has reached $700,000 in gifts and pledges for its Story Teller Capital Campaign.

The announcement came July 21 in a press release from the Society.  Campaign Leadership Committee member Steve Brosemer had the following to say. 

"The Board of Directors and I are proud to announce today the campaign has reached the halfway mark for its $1.4 million goal.  We have been blessed to receive support from different foundations and individuals, including former U.S. Senator Robert Dole.  A leadership gift from the Trusler Foundation launched the campaign. We are tremendously grateful for their help."

According to Executive Director Greg Jordan the campaign serves to greatly expand the Historical Society's educational programming and space for exhibitions, the research library and collections.

"In the last dozen years the request for more educational opportunities for students and children in general has grown significantly," Jordan said.  "Last year we had a headcount of more than 6,000 children participating in Society sponsored programs and activities. The new museum to be located at 709 Commercial Street will be a great cultural and educational addition to Emporia, Lyon County and the region."

If you would like to contribute to the Story Teller's Campaign, contact Greg Jordan at  620.340.6312 or

Stop by the museum during our regular business hours to view our current exhibits. 

- "A Knight in Emporia, Tall Tales of Sir Orville Watson Mosher, Jr." Exhibt
-"The Why's and What's of Veteran's Day" Exhibit
-Brinkman Train Room

books reprinted
The Lyon County Historical Society is currently offering a spec
ial reprint of the publication "Our Land, A History of Lyon County Kansas".

This book was originally commissioned by the Lyon County Bice
ntennial Commission in 1976. The book was compiled by committees in several Lyon County communities who were dedicated to telling the story of Lyon County. 

You can own a copy of Our Land for $25.00.  LCHS members can purchase the book for the discounted price of $15.00.  Our Land is available for purchase in the Museum Store located at 118 E. 6th, Emporia. 

Parade viewing parties

As a thank you for being a member of the Lyon County Historical Society you have a special invite to TWO Parade Viewing Parties from our new location at 709 Commercial St. Be on the lookout in your mail box for your invitation.

For more information about becoming a member check our Membership page.