Greenwood County Historical Society in Eureka, Kansas is a significant genealogical resource for people researching ancestors who lived in Greenwood County, Kansas. The Society also maintains an attractive museum which in only open during weekdays.
Many of displays at Greenwood County Historical Museum are devoted to cattle ranching and oil. There is also the obligatory one room school house display and displays about various former residents of some note. Behind the museum there is a shed with a number of old farm implements, including a couple of implements which were invented by a local rancher.
ONe of the most interesting local exhibits is devoted to Roger Babson and Utopia College which he founded in Eureka shortly after World War 2. Babson selected Eureka because of its distance from probable targets in a nuclear war and he intended to place it in in underground college campus that would be safe from nuclear attack. He believed that central Kansas would have the natural resources such as oil, minerals and grain needed to rebuild following a nuclear war. Although Utopia College never never moved underground or grew very large, the two year college continued until 1969 as the Midwest Institute.
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