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MARK SATURDAY, APRIL 26, AT 7 P.M. ON YOUR CALENDAR!  Curt Rafferty will be coming to Mankato to present a program featuring his collection of vintage post cards and pictures of Jewell County towns.  Curt has been collecting post cards for many years.  We are excited to be able to view his collection!  Curt will also be displaying his collection of souvenir dishes from Jewell County businesses in the past.  The event will take place in the Little Theater at Rock Hills Jr.-Sr. High School, 710 E. Madison, Mankato, Kansas.  Invite a friend to come with you!

THE JEWELL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WAS PLEASED TO WELCOME BACK TO JEWELL COUNTY MR. JEFF BROOME, AN AWARD-WINNING HISTORIAN-AUTHOR-SPEAKER ON AMERICAN WEST HAPPENINGS, ON MARCH 18, 2014.  JEFF GAVE AN INTERESTING AND EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION ABOUT HIS RECENT BOOK, CHEYENNE WAR: INDIAN RAIDS ON THE ROADS TO DENVER 1864-1869.  HIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE MUSEUM FOR $28.00.  CALL THE CURATOR AT 785/534-0940 OR USE THE ORDER FORM ON THE "MUSEUM STORE" PAGE.

Welcome to the Jewell County Historical Society Internet Site! Thank you for visiting! We want to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with The Society and what is happening with us. The emphasis of our site is on our Museum, Old Jail, Threshing Bee, and Farmers Market!


The Jewell County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Jewell County by bringing together people interested in its history. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life and gives us a better understanding of our county, state, and nation. The Society promotes better appreciation of our American Heritage.

People of Jewell County started to show interest in preserving the heritage of our county in 1959.  The Jewell County Historical Society was organized in 1960.  A. W. Schlagle donated his building in downtown Mankato, Kansas, for the Museum in memory of his wife, Anna Colson Schlagle, in 1961. Several years later, Dubuque Packing Co. gave $500 to the Society to kick off a fund drive for the Museum.  The south side of the Museum was bequethed by Congressman Wint Smith and was opened in May of 1977.

The Society owns and operates the Museum. It also owns the historic Post Rock Jail and the building and grounds north of Mankato City park where the Threshing Bee is held. The Jewell County Historical Society also owns the microfilm of Jewell County newspapers located at the Mankato City Library.

To support these properties, the Society host an annual Threshing Bee the third full weekend of July and a Farmers Market craft show the third Saturday in October.


Membership dues are payable at the first of each year.  Your dues help support the work of the society.  Members also receive the quarterly newsletter.  Membership options available are:

INDIVIDUAL - $5.00

FAMILY - $10.00

LIFETIME - $100.00

You are welcome to join the Society at any time!  Please send your dues with your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address to:

Jewell County Historical Society, 118 N. Commercial, Mankato, KS 66956

******************THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!********************


Genealogy Research

     Genealogy research is conducted within the museum during museum hours for free.  However, we do ask for a donation of your choice to the Jewell County Historical Society for the use and upkeep of its records and microfilm.
     Our microfilm is located at the library. If research needs to be done there or at the courthouse, it will be billed at $10/hr.

CONTACT INFO - jchs1870@hotmail.com OR 785-534-0940 (please leave a message)


++++DIGGING DEEPER - 40th Annual Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Genealogy Conference - featuring Valerie Eichler Lair - McPherson, KS++++++++

Mark June 14, 2014, for this conference which will take place at The Cedars Conference Center in McPherson, Kansas.  The featured speaker is Valerie Eichler Lair.  Her topics will be Genealogical Proof Standards, Probate Will or no Will, Finding Females, and Churchc Denomination Archives.  This will be an excellent opportunity for all to learn some new tips.

Registrationof $45 received by May 31, 2014, covers the conference syllabus and catered luncheon.  Late registration is $48.  If you are interested in attending, send an e-mail to jchs1870@hotmail.com, and we will forward a conference brochure to you.


                            ******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.