Educational Programs

History is meant to be passed down generation after generation.

That’s why the museum strives to develop a strong community bond with Buffalo and the surrounding area through its education programs and exhibits. The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum proudly presents educational programs for all ages!

Our educational programs are often conducted in cooperation with area school districts and groups, but are also offered as content for other programs. We also offer homeschool programs year round. For school tours, please read our School Chaperone and Field Trip Information guide.

Coloring Pages are available for children throughout the museum galleries for our young visitors to take home.

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum Walking/Driving Tours

Still hungry for history? Walking and driving tour maps featuring Johnson County history, are available at the museum front desk or can be downloaded below.

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In addition to our education programs for schools and museum visitors, the museum also offers:

The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum Scouts Program for Boy and Girl Scouts and TA Ranch tours. The tours are available for those wanting to visit the site of the Johnson County Cattle War’s climax which features historic buildings.

Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours

The Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours are night-time, lantern-led tours at Buffalo’s Willow Grove Cemetery. The tours occur in mid-August and cost $25/person. Who doesn’t want to hang out at the cemetery at night, while volunteers dress as one of the residents and perform a first-person oral narrative?

2021 Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours will occur on August 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18, 19, 20, 21.


More Info

To schedule tours, learn about our programming, or volunteer for the educator department, contact museum educator, Jennifer Romanoski at 307-684-9331 or


If you would like to donate directly to support projects at the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum … consider donating to the museum’s restricted funds. These funds are used solely for their defined purposes (we don’t pay the light bill out of these monies) and are built by donations. No county/taxpayer funds are included. Current and ongoing projects include:

  • Artifacts
  • Education
  • The Bob Edwards Memorial Archive
  • Exhibits
  • Museum Press
  • Marketing and Advertising