Stories and artifacts depict the remarkable history of Bates County, from the Osage and early settlers to the Battle of Island Mound & Order No. 11, on through the prosperous Victorian age, finishing with Minuteman Missiles dotting the landscape in the early 20th century.
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The Bates County Museum is located in a beautiful two-story, red brick building, built in 1915, that was originally the County Poor Farm. Sitting on the northwest edge of Butler, the Museum is home to an incredible collection of artifacts and extraordinary exhibits where the stories of local history seem to come alive when visitors meander through the rooms and hallways. A warm welcome by the staff and an invitation to linger& learn makes a visit to the Bates County Museum both memorable and enjoyable. Discover local Osage Indian & Pioneer history and learn about the Border War & Civil War including the Battle of Island Mound & Order No. 11. Coal Mining, Railroads, early Electricity & Communications, Victorian Age Theme Rooms, and Veterans & Their Wars including the Cold War and Bates County's Minuteman Missiles. The Bates County Museum: MORE THAN YOU EXPECT~!
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Bring your ideas and experiences and join in the discussion. We’ll discuss the history of Earth Day, recycling tips, composting and what we can all do to make the world a... details>>
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Come join us for an evening stroll along the Battle of Island Mound’s 0.6 mile Courage Trail where we will be learning about and identifying a variety of birds that are native... details>>
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Learn campfire cooking techniques for your next outdoor adventure! Participants will learn how to cook over a campfire and all about Dutch-oven cooking. Food will be provided... details>>
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Men of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry & Their Stories: The Battle of Island Mound was only the first of many fights for the men of the 1st KCVI. Come hear about... details>>