Pawnee Indian Museum - About
According to Pawnee legend, Pawnee ancestors came from the southwest. Their language shows they are related to the Wichita and other Caddoan groups in Texas. They have lived in the central plains for most of the last 1,000 years. more
The Pawnee village is the oldest historic site owned by the state of Kansas. In 1899 George and Elizabeth Johnson deeded to the state of Kansas most of the site upon which a Pawnee village had stood for about two decades in the late 1700's. The state officially accepted the site in 1901. Two of the earth lodge depressions were excavated in 1949, but intensive investigation of the site did not come until 1965. In 1967 a museum was built around one of the lodge sites before it was excavated. Additional archeological excavations were conducted in 2008 and 2010. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
The Friends of Pawnee Indian Museum play an active role in the site's events and fundraising efforts. The Friends meet every other month. The group assists with financial support of projects, exhibits, and special events. The group also provides volunteers for special events and helps with larger school tours.
You are invited to join the Friends of Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site by calling 785-361-2255, or writing to the Friends at 480 Pawnee Trail, Republic KS, 66964.