We have more than 25,000 items on display, some of them part of impressive collections. Our collections include salt-and-pepper shakers, barbed wire, buttons, etc.

Genealogy Center

The LeSeur Genealogy Center is the perfect place for people researching their family history.

Museum Tours

Guided tours of the buildings and collections are available for individuals, small groups, and large groups.

Museum Events

We offer an annual History Days event (sometimes featuring a Civil War Reenactment), country school reunions, and a variety of year-round fundraising events.

Our Past

A group of interested citizens formed the Pawnee City Historical Society and Museum, and a plot of ground was purchased in east Pawnee City. On this plot, they planned to place the former home of Governor David Butler, the first schoolhouse in Pawnee City, a country schoolhouse, and other buildings from time to time. The museum was incorporated in 1968. The initial officers were Mrs. Clara Bradbury, President; Mrs. Zelma Porter Parli, Vice President; Mrs. Grace Brown McHugh, Secretary; and Cecil A. Davis, Treasurer. Other Directors included Mrs. Sadie Messman Busher, Mrs. Lucy Van Horne Sawyer, George Stitzel, Fred Howard, Albert Porr, and Henry Caswell.

Our Present

We have been raising funds through periodic pancake feeds and French toast breakfast events, usually held in the Beyreis Building. We anticipate additional fundraising events in 2017. The income provides funds for necessary repair and maintenance of our buildings.

Roy Mullins


Roy has been on the Pawnee City Historical Society Board since 2000. His grandmother Maude Smith was the first Board member.

Rita Shaw

Vice President

Rita joined the Board in 2000. She owned a cafe in Pawnee City for several years.

Carol Sisco


Carol joined the board in 2008 and has served as the Secretary since then. She’s a master of the Three R’s:  Readin’, Ritin’, and Reflection.

Yvonne Dalluge


Yvonne has been a Board member since 1993. She is retired but volunteers for many organizations in Pawnee County.

Carol Farwell

Board Member

Carol has been on the Board since 2012. She works at AHRS construction company.

Bruce Haughton

Board Member

Bruce joined the Board in 2013. He is a substitute teacher and insurance agent in Pawnee City.

RJ Hickey

Board Member

RJ has been a Board member since 2012. He is a college student and works part time in Pawnee City.

Jon Howard

Board Member

Jon joined the Historical Society Board in 2017. His grandfather was a founding member of the organization.

Kirk Rinne

Board Member

Kirk has been on the board since 2012. He is a self-employed contractor.