Lincoln County Historical Society

Lincoln County Historical Society Museum Complex

The Lincoln County Historical Society was organized in 1940 to collect and preserve historical material from the area and to promote the heritage of Lincoln County and its citizens.

The main museum provides exhibits, programs, and educational tours. Winter Hours are Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by donation. Donations go towards upkeep and improvement of the museum. Tours also available by appointment, please call 785-493-3003.

The LCHS Museum complex also includes the Kyne House and the Topsy School. The Kyne House is built of native post rock limestone by Timothy Kyne in 1885.  Two additions have been added to make a large area for exhibits.  His wife Bridget saved herself and her daughter during the May 30, 1869 Dog Soldier Indian raid by hiding her child and herself under trees on the river bank. The Topsy School was a one-room elementary school moved from Elkhorn Township.

Another addition to the museum experience is the Marshall-Yohe house located on  216 S 2nd St. It was built in 1885 and is an excellent example of a Queen Anne Victorian house. It contains many fine antiques and original furnishings. It was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2001. Tours by appointment. Call 785-493-3003.

Lincoln County Historical Society Museum Complex

Lincoln County Historical Society Museum Complex (photo by Kris Heinze)

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Mission: The Lincoln County Historical Society and Museum strives to accept, catalog and preserve Lincoln County historical artifacts in the Marshall-Yohe House and in the museum complex which includes the main museum, the Kyne House, and the Topsy School. The LCHS provides educational programs, tours, and historic site preservation promotes Lincoln County by participating in various local community activities, and participate in Kansas State Historical Society events.

Fundraiser/Volunteer Efforts: There are many fun opportunities for volunteers to serve the museum, whether it be greeting visitors, leading tours in the museum, or participating in museum programs as a guest. There are also opportunities to serve on the board, assist with mailings, help clean the museum, assist with setting up for events and with clean-up afterward, or helping set-up and take down displays and exhibits. Training for volunteers is provided.

Contact Info: Bud and Georgie DeArvil, co-directors, at the museum, 785-524-9997, or on cell phones after hours, 785-493- 3003 or 3004. Email:

How to Donate: Financial Support for the museum comes from the following sources: Membership dues, donations from visitors, personal donations, business donations, grants, city and county donations, special events and tours, estate bequests and sales of retail items (books and t-shirts). Also, select historical artifacts are welcomed, only as a donation. The Lincoln County Historical Society accepts cash, checks and money orders delivered to the Museum or mailed to P.O. Box 85 Lincoln, KS 67455.

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216 W Lincoln Ave
Lincoln, KS 67455 


785-524-9997 (Main)