Seneca to host second annual Day at the Museums

The town of Seneca is home to five different museums — each highlighting a piece of the town and county’s history.

On Saturday, June 8, all five of Seneca’s museums will be open and free to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Nemaha County Historical Society operates the Historic Jail and Sheriff’s Residence, The Temple of Honor (Military Museum), and Hand Dug Well (which is the widest in the state of Kansas). Seneca’s Pony Express Riders Chapter operates the Pony Express Museum. The Seneca Fire Department Museum is operated by the Seneca Fire Department, both current and retired members.

“We are hoping to encourage Seneca’s residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy all our history,” said Kylee Luckeroth, executive director of the Seneca Area Chamber and Downtown Impact. “As well as everything else Seneca has to offer, from restaurants to shopping to recreation.”

In addition to the five museums this year, the event has added the Seneca Free Library as a stop along the route. The “Old Stone Church” portion of the library, now the community room, has beautiful stain glass windows which were redone last summer. Additionally, the library is home to a genealogy room, which will be staffed by volunteers on Saturday, June 8, who can show patrons how to use the room to discover their family’s history.

Each of the museums will have “passports” to hand out to guests. Each museum visited will “stamp” the passport. If a person visits at least three of the museums, they can turn in their passport to be entered to win prizes that have been donated by Seneca’s business community!

If you should have any questions, please contact the Seneca Area Chamber and Downtown Impact Office at 785-336-1313 or email at senecaimpact@gmail.com.

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