Hours and Location: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 301/303 Broadway St., Cottonwood Falls, one block north of the historic Chase County Courthouse.
From the South: exit the Kansas Turnpike (I-35) at Cassoday and drive north to Cottonwood Falls on KS-177, approximately 25 miles on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.
From the East from Emporia or the West from Newton on U.S. 50: turn south on KS-177 at Strong City. Cottonwood Falls is approximately 2 miles.
From Council Grove: proceed south on KS-177 about 22 miles to Cottonwood Falls.
Admission is free and open to the public. We welcome donations.
Museum and Collection
The Chase County Historical Museum and Library, formed in 1934, is housed in two native limestone buildings at Broadway and Friend Streets. It has a wide collection of artifacts ranging from the mid-19th century to the present. Our emphasis is on items of historical interest to Chase County.
Our Rockne Exhibit is one of the main attractions and draws visitors from all over the country. On March 31st, 1931, the tri-motor Fokker airplane carrying the famous Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne crashed near Bazaar in Chase County. All eight men aboard were killed. Artifacts from the crash site as well as photographs are on display in the museum, including a 1932 Rockne Studebaker on loan from the Rockne family.
The museum also has an extensive collection of local artifacts, photographs, and records highlighting ranching and farming, life in early Chase County, genealogy, veterans, schools, local newspapers, and county public records.
Mission: The mission of the Chase County Historical Society is to collect, organize, document and preserve all materials pertinent to the history of Chase County, Kansas.
We welcome anyone wishing to do research about the people and area. Contact me at: (620) 273-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Sisson, Curator/Director