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

Author book talk
The Lyon County History Center is pleased to host Cheryl Unruh on Thursday, September 4 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at 709 Commercial.  This will be Cheryl's first reading in Emporia from her latest book, "Waiting on the Sky." Books will be available for purchase with 50% of sales going toward the Lyon County History Center. 

The evening will also include Historical Society updates from Greg Jordan, Executive Director and tours of the building. Refreshments and book signing to follow program.   This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

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

Magical Moments fundraiser
Please join us for a wonderful evening of food and music with net proceeds going toward building renovations of our new home at 709 Commercial.

What: Magical Moments Fundraiser
Meal provided by the Miracle Cafe in Reading
Music provided by Emporia High School Band and Vocal Students, the Camerata Choir and the Emporia Symphony Orchestra.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: Dinner will begin at 5:30pm and the concert at 7:00pm.
Where: Emporia High School - 3302 W. 18th
Cost: Non-Member Dinner & Music - $50/person
         LCHS Member - Dinner & Music - $40/person
         Music Only - $20/person

TICKETS GO ON SALE NOW!  Tickets are available at the following locations:
Lyon County Historical Society Museum - Emporia
Hartford State Bank - Hartford
KansasLand Bank - Americus
Chicken House - Olpe
Miracle Cafe - Reading

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.