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Preserving YOUR family history

The Granary at Pioneer Bluffs

Preserve your family history at a digitization day. Bring your photos and letters (up to 15) to be scanned by students with the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University. You will leave with your original documents and a thumb drive with the digital files.

Prairie Talk: History of the Flint Hills

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn

Mike Holder, Kansas State University Extension Agent (retired), begins at the beginning of the Flint Hills, “why it is what it is,” says Holder. He will discuss formation of the Flint Hills, the Native American presence, and the influence of ranching. Holder is known as a good storyteller and draws on 47 years with the […]

The Music of Patsy Cline

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn

Kim Coslett and her 4-piece band perform all of Patsy’s hits, while including biographical information, history, and stories behind the songs. In the loft of the historic barn at Pioneer Bluffs. 2:00 p.m. Appetizers and beverages 3:00 p.m. Concert Cost: $50 per person This is a fundraising event to support future music programs at Pioneer […]


Old-time Barn Dance

It will be a classic, old-time Barn Dance in the loft of the 1915 barn at Pioneer Bluffs, considered by some to be the best dance floor in the Flint Hills. On Saturday, May 21, the dance begins at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until 9:30 p.m. (or when dancers wear out). Beginners are invited […]

Symphony Day Open House (and Barn)

Pioneer Bluffs, Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage

Our barn and house will be open on Saturday, June 11. Whether you are heading to the Symphony in the Flint Hills (which is just up the road from Pioneer Bluffs this year), or simply out enjoying the Flint Hills, this is a chance to tour our National Register Historic District. Our volunteers will be […]

Prairie Talk: The Hatcher Family story

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn

An upcoming Prairie Talk will tell the story of a Flint Hills family that began in 1897 at the Emporia Stock Yards. At 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Jeanne Hatcher shares the history of six generations of the Hatcher family. From Emporia to Chase County, the Fox Creek Ranch grew. Today the children and grandchildren […]

Butler County Brass returns

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn

At 6:30 p.m. on July 9, the Butler County Brass returns to Pioneer Bluffs by popular demand for an outdoor concert. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the loft of the barn. The six musicians of the Butler County Brass are music educators who love what they do and […]

Music from “Great American Songbook” coming to Pioneer Bluffs

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn

An 18-member orchestra that has performed for notables that include President George W. Bush and Luciano Pavarotti is coming to the Flint Hills for a special concert. On Saturday, August 27, the Great Plains Jazz Orchestra will present Big Band Jazz and music from “The Great American Songbook” on the shaded lawn of Pioneer Bluffs. […]