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Ellis County Historical Society breaks ground on Victoria satellite location

VICTORIA—The Ellis County Historical Society broke ground Thursday on a satellite location in the former St. John's Nursing Home in Victoria.

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Ellis Co. Historical Society presentation explores legacy of Kansas fashion designer

You can’t mention 20th-century women’s wear without thinking of Nelly Don. The Parsons native built a fashion empire on the vision that women deserved affordable, stylish clothing regardless of means or status


ECHS grateful for Seibel’s Challenge; public invited to annual meeting Jan. 29

In particular, the matching campaign, initiated by Hays resident Darrell Seibel’s donation of $18,000 raised over $50,000 in donations in July 2023

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Victoria comes together to support St. John’s Place project

We were “just tickled pink that the community supports this, not only with their time but their resources as well,” Pfeifer said


Forward Ever with Gary Shorman

Leading in Challenging Times host Gary Shorman speaks with Ellis County Historical Society executive director Amanda Rupp.


Historical Society benefits from Dane G. Hansen Grant

The Ellis County Historical Society extends our gratitude to The Heartland Community Foundation for its fall grant cycle award of $2,935. 

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Ellis County Historical Society recognized at state museum conference

This November ECHS was recognized three fold at the Kansas Museum Association’s Annual Conference.

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Ellis County Commission set to consider funding increase for outside agencies

As the Ellis County Commission continues to work through the 2023 budget process, it will consider the largest funding request from outside agencies in the last five years.

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Press Release Nov. 1 2021

Temporary office space news release Nov. 1 2021. Robert and Patricia Schmidt were long-time supporters of ECHS. We are appreciative of the Schmidt Foundation’s pride and dedication to the rich history of Ellis Co. and excited to utilize this opportunity to regroup and vigorously plan for the future.

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Pioneer Days returns to Ellis County Historical Society after 7 years

The modern-day children learned that instead of playing video games, pioneer children played marbles and ran three-legged races and egg-spoon races for their entertainment

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St. John's Place in Victoria breaks ground on phase 1 renovations

The Victoria Community Coalition broke ground Sunday on the first phase renovation of the former St. John's Nursing Home in Victoria


Ellis County Historical Society awarded Dane G. Hansen grant

The Ellis County Historical Society announced the near-completion of Phase 2 funding in the Brick-by-Brick capital campaign with the receipt of a grant of $50,000 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation

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Ellis County Historical Society capital campaign receives Schmidt Foundation support

"None of this would have been possible without our community’s belief in both our mission and our ability to – once again – achieve our mission,


Ellis County Historical Society asks for double funding from city of Hays

"I was really hard on this organization a couple of years ago," said Vice-Mayor Sandy Jacobs. "We believed in you and this [turnaround] could happen."


Remodel, expansion plans discussed during Ellis County Historical Society annual meeting

During their annual meeting Monday, the Ellis County Historical Society’s board of directors and trustees heard an update from executive director Amanda Rupp.

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Beach-Edwards Family Foundation Grant aids ECHS remodeling project

This fall, the Ellis County Historical Society was able to finish the remodel of the office portion of the basement in their main brick building.


Ellis Co. Historical Society names new executive director

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Ellis County Historical Society Board of Trustees voted unanimously to promote Amanda Rupp to executive director.

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Bygone days of downtown Hays to be explored in Ellis County Historical Society app

Amanda Rupp, executive director of the Ellis County Historical Society, wants to ensure the organization's viability and relatability for years to come.

"I think there's a lot of reviving this kind of tourist attraction around the state," she told the Hays City Commission recently

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St. John's project to break ground on Sunday

Sunday will be a long-awaited day for Victoria. Following almost two years of planning, community meetings, fundraising events and grant writing, the official groundbreaking ceremony for St. John’s Place will happen

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Ellis County Historical Society preps to honor 150 years of Volga Germans

“This is really just the very first planning phase. We know that it's going to be here in a couple of years. The historical society, fittingly I think, wants to take the lead on just being the chair organization that initiates and keeps all the moving parts in order,” Rupp said.

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Ellis County Historical Society summer exhibit ushers in expanded hours

Executive Director Amanda Rupp said she is very excited to have the museum open to the public seven days a week.


Ellis Co. Historical Society receives grant for church brick work

The Ellis County Historical Society has been awarded a grant of $84,706 from the Heritage Trust Fund for brick work on the First Presbyterian Church as one of seven projects funded by the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review.

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ECHS receives Midwest Energy Community Grant

Ellis County Historical Society is grateful for the Midwest Energy Community Grant of $1,000.

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Big Bang Firearms Exhibit Season Closing Reception and Family Day

Join us Saturday September 3rd, from Noon to 4pm and enjoy live music, crafts and games for the kids and take in the exhibit. Free to attend.

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Press Release May 11, 2022

Community support is growing for the Ellis County Historical Society. 

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