About Miami County Historical Society & Museum

The Miami County Historical Society & Museum was founded in 1965 and is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation located in Paola, Kansas, and staffed solely by volunteers.  Celebrating over fifty years of preserving Miami County history, the Museum is committed to collecting and preserving artifacts and information that document Miami County’s deep and rich heritage and to the production of interpretive exhibits, educational programs, and publications.

Along with several permanent collections, we also display rotating exhibits. Visit us regularly and you'll discover something new each time. During your visit, you will find our volunteers are seasoned historians, researchers, and tour guides dedicated to helping you to embrace the past. Their knowledge of our exhibits and collections, availability resource materials and preservation methods are just second nature.


  • Trails
  • Map of Paola 1873 large enough for a wall decoration!
  • Forts
  • Indian Tribes
  • Posters And Pictures County & Town School Photographs
  • 1873 Paola (color enhanced)


Journeys of Ursuline Academy and College

Other Books Available:

  • Paola Kansas, “A 150 Year Timeline”
  • Atlases 1878 and 1901 Cemetery Books Vol. I, II, III
  • Other Area Histories A Half Century of Memories by Bert Homrighausen
  • Drexel, MO 1890-1990
  • Osawatomie and It's People Paola
  • High School Alumna Tongues of Fire by Joseph Towne
  • The Secret Danites, Kansas' First Jayhawkers
  • For My Country 1941-1945
  • Quilt Books (4)
  • Irish Genealogy Helper


  • Custom puzzles and coloring books
  • Unique postcards
  • Large assortment of custom note cards
  • Display case full of one of a kind necklaces and custom orders are available upon request.
  • Courthouse note cards and Miami County Postcards
  • Organ Music Tapes
  • The Paola Game
  • Toys, shirts, and other items normally found in gift shops!

Engraved Bricks: Paving the Way to Heritage Walk

Paved Brick

The Heritage Walk is located in the center of Paola’s Town Square Park near the gazebo and provides a unique opportunity to memorialize a relative or resident with an engraved brick in their name added to the hundreds already placed in the walk.

Click here to download our Paved Heritage Walk Engraved Brick Application Form

Paola 1896 Fair

Gift, Book and Photo Store:

Photographs and Posters:

Paola 1896 Fair (coming soon)

Caption: “1921 Gentry Bros – JAS Patterson Circus” poster