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.
Annual History Conference
Every spring the museum hosts a themed presentation. This is usually an in-person event featuring a catered dinner. Check out the calendar of events for more information or click here to learn more about the 2022 program, Music Speaks
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 an area residents while performing a first-person oral narrative?
2023 Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours will occur on August 9, 10, 11, and 12, and again on the 16, 17, 18, and 19.
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:
- The Bob Edwards Memorial Archive
- Museum Press
- Marketing and Advertising