The Old Depot Museum and the Franklin County Records & Research Center are now open for limited hours. Please note that these hours and restrictions will change as mandated by county and state health officials.
Museums and archives face special challenges during a pandemic because artifacts and archives cannot be sanitized without risking permanent harm to the object. Limiting exposure and allowing time for viruses and bacteria to die off naturally is an important line of defense in keeping staff, volunteers, visitors, and artifacts safe.
The Old Depot Museum will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In order to maintain a safe number of visitors in the building, appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Group sizes will be restricted to ensure safe social distancing. Visitors may be asked to briefly wait outside to ensure safe distancing between groups. Exhibits have been modified to promote a healthier experience, and visitors are required to wear masks. To schedule an appointment, please call (785) 242-1250. Voicemail is checked daily and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
The Franklin County Records & Research center will be open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for two-hour blocks of time. Masks are required. Please call (785) 242-1232 to schedule an appointment. Researchers are also welcome to submit research questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (785) 242-1232.
The historical society is once again accepting donations of artifacts and archival materials. Please call (785) 242-1232 or email email@example.com to make donation arrangements.
Because social distancing is not possible in Dietrich Cabin, the cabin will remain closed at this time.