Photo by Martin Owen
The Lincoln County Historical Museum opens Monday, May 1 for the summer season.Working along with other volunteers, the Maxwell High School Honor Society recently spent a day of preparation -- dusting, mopping, vacuuming and general maintenance. It is something they do every year, Museum Director Jim Griffin said. They helped to make facilities ready for visitors and upcoming events.
The museum will be open seven days a week. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
The big, red Platte Valley barn is under repair to preserve its historical appearance. Much of the wooden foundation was beginning to show serious decay. Griffin said the lower northwest corner of the barn needed to be rebuilt. The work, lasting several days, was done by volunteer Ron Gaedke, bringing the barn back to being a sound structure.
The barn holds the museum's extensive barbed wire collection, as well as woodworking tools and horse tack, including harnesses.
The barn was built around 1900, Griffin said.
Looking ahead, a volunteer team will arrive to repaint the barn on May 17-18. Griffin said local volunteers are welcome, and more are expected to arrive through a Nebraska Tourism program that encourages visitors to pitch in to spruce up attractions while they are on vacation.
The Super 8 motel in North Platte is discounting the price of rooms for traveling volunteers, he said.
The barn is just one building in the “country village” at the museum that allows visitors to step back into a quieter time of life. Like many antiquated structures, maintenance is a constant and not inexpensive chore.
In addition to the intriguing displays of our past, special events are held throughout the year, including historical presentations, meetings and Nebraska Humanities speakers.
The people of North Platte and Lincoln County should treasure this "Jewel of the County."
The museum is available to you, thanks to the forethought of previous generations. Plan a visit to enjoy your heritage. The address is 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave.
The Bulletin staff contributed to this report.