Cheyenne County museum

Cheyenne County

The Cheyenne County Museum was born from a vision of local citizens who wanted to see that the history of Cheyenne County was preserved for future generations. The ground breaking of the museum was September 21,1985, with the dedication of the completed building on June 15, 1987. The front of the building has been finished with native Cheyenne County rock giving it a unique look. At the entrance to the museum, old bricks from the St. Francis Brick Factory (1888) have been laid. Inside the museum is a rich collection of county history. All displays and furnishings in the museum come from homes or businesses in Cheyenne County.



Genealogy Center

Established through generous grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, St. Francis Community Foundation, private donations, and materials from Marilyn Holzwarth, the Museum provides family history services and will help preserve Multi-Generational Family Stories.

Ye Olde Country Church

The Ye Olde Country Church, located next to the museum is maintained by the historical society as an All-Faith Chapel, commemorating the rich religious heritage left by the large number of rural Sunday Schools and churches throughout the county’s history.

Early Life on the Plains

A diorama, complete with prehistoric fossils, that were uncovered locally, show life as it progressed over the millennia on the high plains. The museum offers genealogy research. County family and land ownership records are available at the museum. A taxidermy exhibit of native Cheyenne County animals is on display.

Pioneer Spirit

The Harvey addition of the museum features many room displays depicting the early pioneer’s life in Cheyenne County. Included in the display are: Doctor’s Office, County School Room. Wheeler Post Office, dining room, bedroom, kitchen and soda fountain.

201 West Business US Highway 36
P.O. Box 611
St. Francis, KS 67756


Summer Hours:
Wednesday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
also available by appointment