The museum maintains a non-lending collection of books on the history of the Great Plains, as well as reference books on antiques and the Kuska Collection. The collections can be accessed by visitors and staff.

Researchers, scholars and visitors may browse the library with help from museum staff. Those interested in searching for local or family history are encouraged to do so in person. Research requests that are handled by museum staff are subject to a small fee.

Serving the community of Thomas County and the greater Northwest Kansas area as an educational organization dedicated to preserving the history of the high plains of Kansas, the Prairie Museum welcomes photos and documents from your personal collections for incorporation in our continuously growing database. Simply email a .jpeg and as much detailed information as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Scans with a resolution of 200-300 dpi are preferred. Discs of photographs are also accepted, as well as original photographs and documents.


Thomas County Archives 

The Thomas County Historical Society is the county repository and maintains local historical archives and records including county newspapers and federal and state census, marriage and birth notices, copies of obituaries, an extensive photograph and negative collection on many local subject matters, organizations, events, families and other relevant topics that are catalogued according to subject. The archives also contain unpublished histories of communities, families and businesses in Thomas County and publications about the area.

County newspapers and federal and state census for Thomas County are on microfilm. Photographs and documents are catalogued according to subject. The archives contain unpublished histories of communities, families and businesses in Thomas County and publications about the area.


Genealogy Sources 

We welcome you to stop by and take advantage of a wealth of information at the Thomas County Historical Society. Our library contains genealogical materials, obituaries, birth and wedding announcements, and over 10,000 Sons & Daughters of the Soddies records, plus much more that you can use for research and scholarly endeavors. Please call ahead so we can be prepared to accommodate your research task.

Phone, email and other research requests are handled by staff and volunteers. Due to a large increase in research requests, a small charge is applied. The research fee is $10.00 per hour with a minimum of one hour. Copies are $.15 for paper documents and $.25 for the microfilm reader/printer.

Other Resources Available:

The Prairie Museum was honored to partner with Family History Expos and the City Limits Convention Center to offer a tour of our archives and collections in June 2014 to budding genealogists. And, we are now grateful to offer additional resources that may help you become an expert genealogist, too.

Two discs are available in the Prairie Museum library from Family History Expos that shares research strategies, how to find military ancestors, top Apps to use while researching, links and websites, plus a plethora of other resources that can help you research your family's history.

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