Visit the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village for a fascinating glimpse into the past. Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US Highway 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, the Village boasts several authentically furnished period buildings and collections which tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond. Click here to read a brief history of the Museum and Village and here to view back issues of our newsletter, The Village Crier.
Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of organized drag racing in the Golden Belt!
The 2nd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show welcomes classic vehicle owners and enthusiasts to the Barton County Historical Society Village on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The event is being held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of organized drag racing in the Golden Belt. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. with the show running from Noon until 4:00 pm. Car Clubs and individuals are invited to register for this free event; early registration is encouraged to secure a spot.
The Rolling Sculpture Car Show offers participants, car enthusiasts, and visitors the opportunity to experience exotic, antique, and classic cars nestled among the Village’s historic structures, including the 1950 Lustron Home. Explore the displays of the sixty years of drag racing in Central Kansas, including photographs, memorabilia, and stories of this American Pastime. Learn about the Sunflower Rod & Custom Association’s efforts to be the first drag strip in the United States to be recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch will be available for purchase. Drawings for participants’ door prizes begin at 3:30 pm. The Little Train will also be running, weather permitting. There will be no admission charge for this open house.
"The 2nd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show continues to highlight the community’s automotive passions and their importance in the Golden Belt”, explained Beverly Komarek, Executive Director of the Society. “Our partnership with the SCRA offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to experience a rare local achievement that has gained national recognition.”
From Plum Buttes to the Walnut Creek Crossing to Pawnee Rock, the area that is now Barton County played a major role in the history of the Santa Fe Trail. Collections and displays maintained by the Historical Society tell the story of this region from the Native Americans of the Paleo Period through the development of the trail, the trading posts and Fort Zarah, to European settlement.
During World War II, Great Bend Army Air Field trained many members of "the greatest generation," the pilots and crew members who flew the B-26 and B-29 planes that helped win the war. The Historical Society maintains a collection of memorabilia, memoirs and artifacts telling the story of a defining era in United States history.
"The Barton County Historical Society endeavors to preserve the history of Barton County and to promote opportunities to examine our rich heritage."
Before you throw away items that might be useful in telling the story of Barton County, please contact us.
- Reference books on Kansas, Barton County, Santa Fe Trail
- Great Bend Army Air Field Memorabilia
- Information on 1930s era WPA projects
- Monetary donations are, of course, always welcome
Due to lack of space, we cannot accept duplicates of items, especially large ones, and we cannot accept items that are too fragile to preserve. Also, we cannot accept pictures of unidentified people, unless they are associated with identified buildings or events. For further information, please telephone the museum or e-mail: