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September 3, 2022
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Time Details:
Saturdays & Sundays thru Labor Day weekend
Ellis County Historical Society Museum
100 W. 7th St-Stone Church
Hays, KS 67601
FREE for all.
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ECHS: Special Exhibit: Sternberg Firearms Collection Display & Big Bang Family Event

Saturday, September 3, 2022

The Sternberg Firearms Collection, held by the Ellis County Historical Society will be on display through the summer. This collection dates in age from the 1700s through the 1940s, with most falling in the decades between 1840 through 1880. These impressive artifacts have not been on public display for nearly 20 years & will soon return to our vault- please come & see! OVER 180 weapons on display!

The Ellis County Historical Society is sending summer out with a BIG BANG as we close our exhibit of the Sternberg Firearms Collection on Saturday, September 3rd, from Noon to 4:00 pm on our main campus at 7th & Main in Hays. ADMISSION IS FREE for all exhibits, outbuildings, & events. Put your name in the hat for the DOOR PRIZE gift basket – all who attend can enter. 

THE LOCAL FOOD TRUCK, owned by Kathryn Hafliger will be on campus at Noon to offer you many menu favorites. 

JEFF DAVIDSON, Western History Entertainer, will perform shows at 1:00 pm & 3:15 pm. Jeff’s performance is sponsored by a Dane G. Hansen NW Kansas Arts Grant & Classic Quality Body Shop. With a mix of live music & history, Jeff will traipse the Kansas plains with you & prove that “winning the west was not for the faint of heart.” 

Before hibernation season sets upon us, visit with our friends from the Sternberg Museum who will bring LIVE REPTILES to our campus from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm for your enjoyment & excitement. 

Kids of all ages will be eager to visit Grace Splichal’s ART BOOTH to create a covered wagon & explore how pioneers packed for their road trips. Remember to pick up your copy of “Travel on the Trail” a learn & color booklet for the whole family.

Young & old will want to test their skill at the inflatable AX THROWING game sponsored by The Fort.

In honor of summer’s best, we have included WATER EVENTS – water gun fights, a water balloon sling shot, & panning for gold, all sponsored in part by Classic Quality Body Shop & Orscheln’s.

Don’t forget to purchase your GUN RAFFLE TICKETS either at the event or before from any Board Member, call our office 785-628-2624 or go online at   Two winners will be drawn from the hopper at 4:00 pm for the prizes of a Henry Big Boy Steel Rifle & an Uberti 1873 Cattleman Pistol. 

As your tan lines fade & summer waves goodbye, help us close with an afternoon of BIG BANG family fun! 

A special THANK YOU to our Board of Trustees & our many volunteers who are dedicated to our vision of SAVING OUR PAST’S FUTURE!

To become a member:  $15 Single/ $10 Senior/ $25 Family

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