Our Mission: The Ellis County Historical Society Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits Ellis County History for the surrounding community and its visitors.
The Ellis County Historical Society was founded in April 1971. After a few attempts to get up and running, we were officially functioning by October 27, 1971. Our first order of business was to dedicate the Boot Hill property on Fort Street. Though we had a later start than most with our historical society, it didn’t stop us from making amazing progress toward preserving our community’s heritage. We started by inquiring about available historical homes and lots and moved to taking donated objects and artifacts that were a part of Ellis County history.
With so many generous donations pouring in, we were pressed to find a place to put them where we could care for them—and eventually put them on display for the public. In July 1974, we purchased the First Presbyterian church and began the appropriate updates in 1975 in order to house the artifacts and donations safely. We were officially open to the public as a museum July 4, 1976! The grand opening marked the start of many new projects for us. This included marking historic sites in Ellis County, opening the Old Stone Church as an exhibit, and receiving the Volga Haus as a donation from the Volga German Society.
Today we are proudly continuing the work started 48 years ago. Though change is inevitable, such as the relocation we are currently looking in to, the Ellis County Historical Society will be here to document and preserve those changes for future generations to come.