Published On: Thu, Jun 1st, 2017

County Museum to mark state’s 150th

HARTINGTON —  An invitation is being issued to a 150th Birthday Party for the great State of Nebraska, which will be held June 4.
What better place to hold the birthday bash than at the Cedar County Historical Museum that includes historical treasurers from across the county.
The celebration, which will be held at the Hartington location June 4, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will offer free hot dogs, chips, birthday cake and refreshments. The event is sponsored by the Cedar County Historical Society and the Hartington Chamber of Commerce. A number of the volunteers who will be helping at the celebration will be dressed in period clothing.
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Museum, which offers a wealth of knowledge, taking one back to the early days of Cedar County. People who settled in the different communities across the county are brought to life through the many exhibits, which include wedding dresses, baptismal gowns, furniture, memorabilia, photographs and news accounts, along with a log cabin dating back to 1869.
Records and information on the old country schools can be viewed. A map, showing the locations along with photographs of over 100 of the one or two-room country schools in Cedar County will be on display.
Several early fire trucks, a funeral hearse, and a buggy that would have been pulled by a team of horses, are among the many items in the display building that was erected a few years ago to hold some of the many interesting historical items that have been donated by Cedar County residents and their families.
The museum dates back to 1964, when the daughters of A.K. Lammers deeded their family home to the newly formed Cedar County Historical Society for the permanent home of the museum.
The Cedar County Historical Museum, considered by many to be one of the best county museums in the state, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, with over 300 in attendance.
“We all felt that we as a county should in some way celebrate this opportunity to join in on the celebration as well as taking this opportunity to showcase our wonderful museum,” she said.
Over the past several years the Museum has taken on a new look through the help from a number of volunteers that have spent countless hours organizing, indexing, labeling, sorting, cleaning and setting items up in themed displays to allow for ease in touring the Museum.
One of the rooms in the Museum, which is referred to as the “town room,” is filled with news stories, photos and items on every town in Cedar County.
Information on towns in the county that did not survive are also included, according to Alice Pommer, who serves as the Vice-president of the Cedar County Historical Society.
“The 150th birthday party is a good opportunity to visit the Museum and see all of the wonderful things that are on display,” Pommer said.
The Museum is a valuable resource for the county, according to Dan Kathol, a board member.