Organization Orientation: Basehor Historical Museum Society
Club/organization name: Basehor Historical Museum Society
Established: Organization was formed in 1984 by lifelong area resident Olive Carney, who owned an antique store in the old feed store building on 155th Street with her husband, Joe.
How it started: A group of local citizens who were interested in preserving the communities history met in homes, local eateries and community rooms monthly.
Dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of the city of Basehor, the Basehor Historical Society Museum opened Oct. 4, 2008. The Basehor Historical Museum Society has envisioned a place to call home since its formation; a place where all the people in the community could gather to learn about Basehor’s rich and interesting past.
Within its walls, you will learn about the city’s beginning when two Pennsylvania settlers, brothers Ephraim and Rueben Basehor, came to the area in 1854 and founded Basehor in 1889. You will witness the evolution of a school district, government, business community, and general way of life. You will discover why generation after generation has been proud to call Basehor home from its humble beginnings to the thriving community it is today.
Number of members: 71 members
Mission statement or motto: “Looking to the Future, Remembering the Past...” The mission of the Basehor Historical Museum Society is to promote awareness of the history, settlement, and expansion of the Basehor community and Leavenworth County.
Interesting fact about the group: The Basehor Historical Museum is located in a building that was constructed by one of the city’s founders, Ephraim Basehor.
Who can join: Anyone
Membership dues: $10 for single, $15 for family, $50 for a business (annually)
Meeting frequency: Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 12 p.m.
People/things it benefits: People in the community, surrounding area and, thanks to basehorhistory.org, around the globe can gather to learn about Basehor’s rich and interesting past.
Biggest fundraisers/events: The Christmas Open House / Holiday Market. Most recently, the society was collecting used shoes to help fund the relocation of the 1905 Reuben Basehor Library. The society met its fundraising goal, and the library move should occur sometime in June.
Contact information: Carla Crawford, volunteer museum director, 913-724-4022