Gage County Historical Society and Museum

About GCHS


The Gage County Historical Society was incorporated in 1971 to preserve the history of the county. The goals of the organization for the next five years are to be the resource center for Gage County history, broaden and diversity society resources, finances, and income, and increase outreach and visibility in the community. See more detail in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.


The Gage County Museum has an extensive collection of objects, photographs, archival material, and research items pertaining to Beatrice and Gage County. Learn more about researching at the Gage County Historical Society.


To learn more about properties owned by the Society, explore our locations page.


Gage County Classic Film Institute is an organization under the umbrella of the Gage County Historical Society. They are dedicated to educating the public about Gage County, Nebraska’s connections to movies, TV, and stage.


The Gage County Historical Society releases a three newsletters a year. Members receive a copy sent in the mail, but it also can be viewed online. 


Various publications have been released by the society. They can be bought in our gift shop and online.


History of the Gage County Historical Society and Museum

In February 1970, Zoa Ann Worden, teacher, historian, and author of Queen City of the Blue, had moved to the Defender's Townhouse (former the Paddock Hotel, which is today The Kensignton) and displayed her collection in the mezzanine. This was the first public museum in the county. 

In March 1971, the first organizational meeting was held with approximately two dozen people in attendance. It was led by Richard Hovendick and Don Fitzwater who saw the need to have a permanent historical society. In June 1971, the historical society was incorporated. Zoa Worden's collection was the first to be obtained and in November 1971 the museum opened at 404 Court. 

The Burlington-Northern Railroad leased the depot to the Gage County Historical Society in March 1973 for 100 years at $1 per year. However much work was needed to be done to the building and the October 1973 flood did not help the situation which caused 32 inches of water inside the space.The grand opening and dedication of the museum was finally held on April 19th and 20th, 1975.   


1906 CB&Q passenger depot

 1912 Picture of The Burlington Northern Passenger Depot


Gage County Historical Society and Museum
101 North Second Street
Beatrice, NE, 68310
Phone: 402-228-1679 | Map
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