Get Involved

Beyond visiting and enjoying our collections, there are many ways to get involved with the High Plains Museum. Consider volunteering, serving on our Advisory Board, donating to our collections, or making cash contributions to our endowment.


If you love history, we’d love to work with you. We have a variety of activities and projects you can work on as a volunteer in a variety of areas: visitor relations, exhibits, collections, and as a field curator.

Advisory Board

The High Plains Museum is assisted in its governance by a seven member advisory board. The advisory board members serve three year terms during which they promote the museum and advise the director in the museum’s development. Currently serving on the Advisory Board are the following individuals:

Larry Keirns
Alyssa Dees
Marty Melia
Jim Precht
Mary Porterfield
Jessica Vignery
Jerry Nemechek

Donating to the Collections

The High Plains Museum has relied on the kindness of donors since it was founded in 1959 to help preserve Sherman County history. If you have something you’d like to donate, we ask you to take a minute to read our mission statement to help understand our collecting focus:

The mission of the High Plains Museum is to promote, educate, and instill an appreciation of our Western Kansas High Plains heritage through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and educational interpretation of the objects, culture, and ideas representative of Goodland and Sherman County history.

It is the policy of the High Plains Museum to collect objects that are representative of life in Sherman County. Due to space and funding restrictions, the High Plains Museum is selective in what it accessions into its permanent collection.We are primarily interested in items associated with the history of Goodland and Sherman County, Kansas. There are some exceptions to this rule, including genealogies and vital records from other states. We urge you to contact us because your generous gift may fill a gap in our collections.

Here are some of the things we collect:
• Archeological materials (archeological materials must come from a recorded site in Sherman County)
• Books and periodicals
• Man-made objects of all kinds
• Personal papers (unpublished letters, diaries, etc.)
• Maps and architectural drawings
• Photographs and audiovisual materials

Have something really special, but want to keep it for yourself? We can copy photographs, maps, and manuscripts to make their content available to researchers (subject to possible copyright restrictions). You get to keep the original.

The Endowment Trust

In 2000, the High Plains Museum Endowment Trust was created to accept gifts or bequests from the public. Advisory Board members serve as trustees of the Endowment Trust, maintaining and releasing funds at their discretion. The Endowment Trust funds are used to support the mission of the High Plains Museum. Consider donating to support the activities of the High Plains Museum; keep history alive in Sherman County!

Facility Rental

The High Plains Gallery is a great multipurpose space in which we host traveling exhibits, lecture programs, and community events. It is also available for rental. We have room for 100 people and would be happy to host your special event.

Contact the director for more information!