Jackson County Historical & Genealogical Society Kansas

The Jackson County Museum is closed due to health and safety concerns with COVID-19. Research help is available by email or calling one of the numbers below.


Jackson County Museum

Open Friday 10 am - 4 pm

May through October (in normal times)-

Other times by appointment


Contact Us - By phone: 785-364-2087 or 785-364-4991

By email: jacohistsoc@gmail.com

In person:

Jackson County Museum - 327 New York, Holton KS

Suggested Donation: $3.00

By mail:

Jackson County Historical & Genealogical Society Kansas - 216 New York

Holton KS 66436


The United States has been down this road before: the 1918 influenza pandemic. From "The Holton Signal", 10 Oct 1918 - Churches, Schools and Theatre Closed. Convention at the Methodist Church Called Off. The Spanish Influenza epidemic that has been raging across the country for the past few weeks has reached Holton. The schools in Lawrence, Kansas City, Kansas, and a number of other cities were closed on Monday of this week and the schools in Topeka were closed yesterday at noon.

It had been hoped that the epidemic would pass by Holton, but several cases have been reported and yesterday morning two new cases were reported in the public schools....The schools will not be opened until further notice.

Summary: The schools remained closed for three to four weeks, opened, then closed again when more cases appeared. There were several obituaries through December with deaths because of influenza.

"The Holton Signal", 5 Dec 1918 - Red Cross Takes Up Matter of Influenza Quarantine. Pledge cards were distributed to merchants. The Store pledges that no employee will serve them who has a cough, cold, grippe, influenza or other infectious disease. Also that no customer come in with the same...will wait on you outside if afflicted..use the telephone for your order..all houses with influenza were to be placarded...

The Jackson County Museum, 327 New York, Holton, Kansas is an 1880s period tinsmith brick building with its original tin ceiling. Museum theme: Westward, Ho! Exhibits: covered wagons to the barbed wire era. Displays: Buffalo Bill, Carrie Nation and the Barnes brothers baseball career.

Other Displays: a country school room area, World Wars I & II memorabilia, quilts, fashions, dolls, license plates and tools.

Ray School, circa 1940s

Museum Display

Barn Tour - Loose Hay Demo

Museum Display, 2017

Clover Hill School, circa 1940s

Denison High School, woodcarving

Holton Second Baptist Church, circa 1900s

Museum Display - Wolf Hunt

Research Materials - Go to "Resources", tab above, then "Research Materials."

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The Research House, 208 New York, Holton, Kansas has genealogical and historical papers, books, pictures, maps and other research materials related to Jackson County history. Open by appointment or stop at the Museum during museum hours for access

Roebke House Memorial Museum

216 New York - Holton

Victorian home reflecting the Louis Roebke family's life from the 1880s to the 1980s. Open by appointment or inquire at the Jackson County Museum during operating hours.