We are excited to have you visit us!

For museum tours & monthly programs

Admission

PCHS MEMBERS

Free for PCHS Members and children under 14 years of age when accompanied by an adult

Non–MEMBERS

$3.00

Travel Through Time

Our Hours

Winter Hours

Monday–Friday from 8:30 AM–1:30 PM

Summer Hours: May–September

Monday–Friday from 8:30 AM–1:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Closed During Holidays

Perfect for School Trips

Guided Tours

A popular choice for school trips and programs for organizations are our Guided Tours.

Please call (402) 564-1856 to schedule yours today!

About Our Museum

The present Platte County Historical Society Museum, located in Columbus, Nebraska, consists of two modern building additions to the centerpiece original ward school built in 1912. Exhibits include local Native American artifacts, Buffalo Bill Cody memorabilia and history, the 1857 Gottschalk log cabin furnished with era-appropriate artifacts, authentic turn-of-the-century schoolroom and barbershop, rooms of Victorian clothing, furnishings and heirlooms, military memorabilia complementing the Andrew Higgins National Memorial also located in Columbus, a 1913 Indian Motorcycle, a 1914 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring car, the impact of being at the crossroads of the Lincoln and Pan American Highways, photos and documentation of the 1930’s Loup Canal Construction Project, and displays created by each community in Platte County.

Our Mission

Discover, memorialize, and share the history of Platte County.

Our Vision

Procure and preserve historical materials for the education and enjoyment of the public.

About Our Museum

The present Platte County Historical Society Museum, located in Columbus, Nebraska, consists of two modern building additions to the centerpiece original ward school built in 1912. Exhibits include local Native American artifacts, Buffalo Bill Cody memorabilia and history, the 1857 Gottschalk log cabin furnished with era-appropriate artifacts, authentic turn-of-the-century schoolroom and barbershop, rooms of Victorian clothing, furnishings and heirlooms, military memorabilia complementing the Andrew Higgins National Memorial also located in Columbus, a 1913 Indian Motorcycle, a 1914 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring car, the impact of being at the crossroads of the Lincoln and Pan American Highways, photos and documentation of the 1930’s Loup Canal Construction Project, and displays created by each community in Platte County.

Our Mission

Discover, memorialize, and share the history of Platte County.

Our Vision

Procure and preserve historical materials for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Board and Staff

The business and affairs of the Platte County Historical Society are managed by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than 7 and not more than 13 directors serving alternating three-year terms. Current board members and 2023 officers are as follows:

Officers

President

Theresa Petr

Vice President

Dennis Hirschbrunner

Secretary

Gail Wurdeman

Treasurer

Rich Aerni

Executive Director

Cheri Schrader

Board Members

Rich Aerni

Matthew Fleischer

Barb Gay

Dennis Hirschbrunner

Rick Kubler

Alan Micek

Randy Perault

Theresa Petr

Cathy Sansoni

Mike Siedlik

Bob Slusarski

Gail Wurdeman

Meeting Room Rental Form

Conditions of Rental:

Cost of Rental: $150

*Food is allowed in the meeting room but cannot be prepared in the facility No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises. Soft drink beverages can be brought in for consumption. Coffee can be made in the kitchen area, but the coffee and condiments must be furnished by the persons renting to room. Cups, plastic-ware, plates, etc. involved also must be furnished by the persons renting the meeting room.

*Smoking is not allowed in the complete facility

*The room must be cleaned at the end of the session and all trash generated using the room must be removed during clean-up.

*Use of the room must not be extended past 11 PM (this includes clean-up)

*All tables and chairs must be returned to their original position as they were found.

Meeting Room Rental Agreement
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I have read the above “Conditions of Rental” and agree to these conditions in their entirety. I accept complete responsibility for any damage caused by persons using the facility during this rental session.

It is further understood that the Platte County Historical  Society and its members are not to be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur during this rental session and I accept these responsibilities.