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News and Announcements

Watch as we make history!


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.


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. 


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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