Things to do in Girard, Kansas

Visit this beautifully kept historical location to experience community as it should be and find out why Girard is “A Great Place to Call Home.”


  • Girard History Museum was built in 1886-1888 to procure writings and artifacts pertaining to the history of Girard and its surrounding area.
  • The Historic Square houses the Crawford County Courthouse dedicated in 1922. It is beautifully finished with Italian Marble and a skylight. Surrounding the square are one-of-a-kind restaurants, retail shops and businesses.
  • Carnegie Library was built in 1906 making Girard the smallest city in the world to have a Carnegie Library.
  • Appeal to Reason & Little Blue Book Site – Now Veterans Memorial Park. Appeal to Reason was a Socialist paper that created 750,000 copies that circulated across the world in 1913.


  • Easter Celebration includes eggs, prizes, and activities for community.
  • First Friday on the Square (May, June, and August) at the gazebo for great food, live music, and fun!
  • July 1st Firework Celebration at the Crawford County Fairgrounds with a lineup of events; talent show, lawn mower races, and live bands leading up to a tremendous light show!
  • Fall Festival/Homecoming in October begins with a parade, market and food vendors lining the square and an annual BBQ Cookoff.
  • Ladies Night Out kicks off the shopping season with a night of shopping, giveaways, and a $500 prize drawing from the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Christmas Festival held the first Saturday in December, has a parade, Breakfast with Santa, and a local shopping exhibition.


  • Girard was known as the "Literary Capital of the United States" according to the Chicago Daily News.
  • In the early 20th century, Girard was privileged to become one of the smallest towns to have both a Carnegie Library and a first-class post office.


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