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Now is the best time to donate to the museum.   Why?  Because a museum supporter has pledged to match all donations made before December 31 … up to THIRTY THOUSAND dollars! Folks, that is huge to us, and it means you can DOUBLE your donation’s impact!

Here are the ways you can donate:   through Network for Good  via the Donate Page   or by dropping your donation at the museum.  The museum and store will be open through Saturday, December 21 – but don’t worry if you need to stop by after that time, there is a secure drop box on the front porch OR you can leave donations at Sagewood Gifts and Cafe located at 15 N. Main Street.  We will pick up all donations and have them processed by December 31 so that your donation qualifies for your 2019 taxes.

And, feel free to send any questions you may have to our director, Sylvia Bruner, at

Welcome to the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

In the spring of 1900, Pharmacist Theodore James Gatchell, better known as Jim, opened the first drugstore in Johnson County. The Buffalo Pharmacy became a popular stopping place for cowboys, lawmen, settlers, cattle barons, and famous Army scouts.

Jim became a trusted friend to the region’s Native Americans, local residents, and those that passed through town. Many of those that befriended Jim brought him several gifts over the years. From guns to medicine bags, bow and arrows to clothing, those gifts now help tell Jim’s incredible story inside the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

JCHS: On the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

6:30 pm -
9:00 pm

Presented By The Johnson County Historical Society: A Historical Remembrance and Memorial This presentation will focus on the Auschwitz extermination camp


Results from our Holiday Fundraiser

January 13, 2020

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support shown to the museum during our fundraising campaign this holiday season. We achieved


Fundraising at the Museum: Update

December 17, 2019

If you are not aware, an anonymous museum supporter will donate up to $30,000 in matching funds for every dollar donated


Double Your Impact! Triple Your Impact! With Giving Tuesday

November 26, 2019

We have some VERY EXCITING NEWS!  An anonymous museum supporter is willing to match any donations made to our sustainability reserve


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