Annual Events

Experience Southwest Kansas history year-round through a variety of the Historical Museum's entertaining and educational events.

Continue to follow the Museum on Facebook and the website for date and time details as each event draws near.

Southwest Kansas Antiques Appraisal Fair 

The Historical Society's live version of an antique's roadshow. This one-day event brings antique collectors from across the state and surrounding areas to Finney County every March to have their antiques, heirlooms, and prized possessions appraised by a panel of antique dealers and collectors. The event started in 2012 and usually values more than 100 items each year. You can watch for free as the panel discusses each item's history and determines its value, or you can bring your own items for appraisal. There is a charge per item and you can pre-register your entries by contacting the Museum Office

Finney County Pioneer Awards Banquet

Every April, the Historical Society honors two individuals, couples, or families who have had a significant impact on Finney County history. The banquet started in 1974 and is open for public attendance. Contact the Museum Office to make dinner reservations and purchase tickets. 

Evening in the Past

Spend a Saturday evening in late May on the museum patio and be entertained by history over dinner and a showing of an historical reenactment. Purchase tickets from the Museum Office

Flea Market Festival of Antiques, Collectibles, Art, and Crafts

One Saturday in early July each year, 60+ vendors from Kansas and surrounding states set up booths in Lee Richardson Zoo to sell their items. Admission to attend is free. 

Spare Rib Sale

The Historical Museum partners with Webb's Food Crew and BBQ once a year to sell spare ribs and raise funds for the Museum. Orders can be made by calling or stopping by theMuseum Office throughout the month of August and orders are delivered just before Labor Day.

 Annual History Picnic

Celebrate history at the Museum's annual potluck picnic, usually on the first Sunday in October. Attendees bring a side dish while the Museum serves up fried chicken, a history presentation, and an entertainment program. The only entry fee is your time in the kitchen making your best homemade dish (or the price you paid for it at the store). Make your reservation in advance at theMuseum Office

Historic Walking Tours of Valley View Cemetery

Take a guided evening tour around historic gravesites and memorials and "meet" famous Finney County residents of the cemetery, such as C.J. "Buffalo" Jones or Jake Fleagle, of the notorious Fleagle Gang. Tours take place over one weekend in mid-October. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum Office usually beginning late September or early October. 

Holiday Open House

Stop by the Museum, usually on a Saturday in early December, to see the Christmas exhibit in the Front Door Gallery, enjoy free refreshments, live Christmas caroling, Christmas shopping in the Museum Store, and antique car rides around Finnup Park. Admission is free.