Kersey Historical Museum

Visit the Museum


The museum is located seven miles east of Greeley off of Highway 34, at 413 1st Street, Kersey.
Museum Mural
Enter the Kersey Library (Kersey branch of the High Plains Library District) and proceed to the back room to enter the museum. You may enter the museum whenever the library is open.

Kersey began as a railroad stop called Orr, in 1893 and then changed its name when it became an incorporated town in 1908. Located on the eastern edge of irrigated land before the landscape gives way to the Eastern Plains, the Latham Ditch is the agricultural lifeline of Kersey. Beef, dairy, corn, hay, sugar beets, beans, and grains are the main agricultural components of our area.

The Friends of the Kersey Library and Museum


The Friends of the Kersey Library and Museum was established in October, 1993. We were, and continue to be, a group of citizens who wanted to start our own town library and museum to be housed in a downtown Kersey historical building. We combined several town functions into one multi-use building, hoping it would become a destination and strengthen our downtown district, which consists of thirteen businesses. Through grants and donations we were able to raise $27,000 and the old Kersey Fire Station became the town library-museum and recreation building. We opened our doors in June of 1994, staffed only by volunteers. Within a year we became a town budget line and had a salaried director.

In 2008 we became a 501(c)3 organization and Friends of Kersey Library and Museum, Inc. became our new name. We have been successful in receiving grants for our growing needs. As of January 21, 2013 the High Plains Library District has incorporated our library as a mini-branch. We are absolutely thrilled!

Growing the Museum


Our attention now turns to making our small museum grow. We began to sort and categorize our donations for cataloguing in November 2012. In January 2013 we received a call from the City of Greeley Museums in regard to sharing any information we had on Marshall DeWolfe between the years of 1911-1915. DeWolfe was the stepson of President Warren G. Harding and he lived in Kersey and owned a small newspaper, The Kersey Surprise, for a period of time. Looking for clues about his life began in earnest. Some of our “urban legends” were verified when we compared information with Jonathan Anderson, researcher at the Harding Museum in Marion, Ohio. It has been a pleasure to piece together parts of history long forgotten until now. We are so excited to learn more about one of our past residents and bring a presidential connection to Kersey.

Donate


The Town of Kersey Museum is always looking to expand the collection to include more photos, yearbooks, documents, and other resources that are important to the history of the Kersey area. If you have any objects that you would like to donate or loan to the museum please contact us.