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
annual memberships
Annual memberships are available for purchase at any time.  Dues help with exhibits, educational programs, special events and collection and archival preservation.  To become a member check our Membership page TODAY!

new exhibit 
The latest exhibit, "Alphabet Soup: Lyon County A to Z" opened on February 10 during the 77th LCHS Annual Meeting. 

A museum's collections cane be extensive and varied.  Artifacts on display in this exhibit represents a small cross section of the collection that has over 200,000 objects. 

Every letter in the alphabet is represented (for "Z" we had to be creative!), but like a bowl of alphabet soup the "T" artifact may be next to the "A" artifact.

New books available
Four new books are available in the museum store.  Titles include:
"Emporia" by Steve Hanschu & Dr. Darla Hodges Mallein
"Favorite Recipes of Etude Club" compliled by the Emporia Etude Club
"The Civil War in Kansas: Ten Years of Turmoil" by Debra Goodrich Bisel
"Kansas Music: Stories of Rich Tradition" by Debra Goodrich Bisel

Don't forget if you are member you receive 10% off Museum Store purchases.

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

- Alphabet Soup: Lyon County A to Z
-"Life Interrupted: Lyon County and the Civil War " Exhibit
-Brinkman Train Room

Civil war exhibit
"Life Interrupted: Lyon County and the Civil War." Life was interrupted for thousands of men when the call went out for able-bodied males to serve in Kansas regiments during the Civil War.  Male residents of Breckinridge, later renamed Lyon County, answered that call.  These men left their homes, families and jobs to become “boys in blue”.

The exhibit will examine life in Lyon County prior to 1861, the battles local men fought and died in, and post war migration to Lyon County. In addition to Civil War artifacts and biographies of local men who served, two rare Civil War battle flags will also be on display.  The exhibit will run through May 30, 2015.