The Russell County Historical Society established in 1970, is a non-profit origination created by county election as caretaker of the history of Russell County, Kansas. We are passionate caretakers of the history of Russell County, preserving our social and economic legacy so future generations may learn and enjoy it.


The Mission of Russell County Historical Society is one of education through safeguarding and preservation of county social and economic history.  This is accomplished by collecting artifacts, preserving and displaying them and interpreting materials and information representing the development and growth of the county.

This includes the Fossil Station Museum, Gernon House Museum, Heym Oliver Museum, Oil Patch Museum and a new building dedicated to the preservation of rural farming, transportation, research and education.  The Russell County Historical Society proudly serves all area communities, including Bunker Hill, Dorrance, Fairport, Gorham, Lucas, Luray, Milberger, Paradise, Russell and Waldo. We maintain and provide genealogy records.

Genealogy records are also maintained.


Please contact us before you toss out items that might be useful in telling the story of Russell County. 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:



Our work is possible only through the generous support of donors. We invite you to consider a tax-deductible gift to the RCHS Legacy Fund, an endowment at the Russell County Area Community Foundation.

Gifts are permanently invested to generate long-term income that helps the historical society expand its educational outreach and preservation efforts.

Supporting the RCHS Legacy Fund is a wonderful way to honor special people in your life, such as family, friends, neighbors and teachers.

There are many ways to help, including cash donations, a memorial, a gift in your will, securities, life insurance or real estate. If you have questions, the staff at the Russell County Area Community Foundation are on hand to serve you.

The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that exists solely to make our area a great place to live. They do that by helping organizations, like the Russell County Historical Society, create permanent endowments that will do good, forever.
For more information, visit them at or call 785.445.3611.

Please direct contributions to RCHS Legacy Fund in care of RCACF, PO Box 172, Russell, KS 67665.
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The Russell County
   Historical Society & Genealogy Society

Russell County Historical Society and Genealogy Society
P. O. Box 245 or 331 Kansas Street Russell, Ks 67665
Phone (785) 483-3637

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