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  • Mon - Fri
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun
    Closed
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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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Thursday, May 13, 2021

May Board Meeting

3:00 pm -
4:00 pm

The public is welcome to attend the Governing Board Meeting.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

June Board Meeting

3:00 pm -
4:00 pm

The monthly museum board meeting is open to the public if you wish to attend.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

July Board Meeting

3:00 pm -
4:00 pm

The monthly museum board meeting is open to the public if you wish to attend.

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Fall Gathering Date has been Announced

April 7, 2021

The Gatchell Museum Association invites you to the "Red Angus Saloon" (Johnson County Fairgrounds) on Saturday October 9, 2021. From 6

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Summer Programming, 2021

March 29, 2021

The museum has been busy planning our summer 2021 programs.  Returning after a year off due to COVID, is Art Museum

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Homeschool Programs

March 16, 2021

The museum offers homeschoolers and parents the opportunity to attend free homeschool programs every other month during the school year. Typically

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Thank you for visiting the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum website. We welcome you to contact us anytime regarding your experience at our site or if you have any questions about the Museum. Feel free to use the form below.

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