The Exhibit Building was construction in 2000-2001 after the museum was busting at the seams in the railroad depot. The Prairie Voices addition was built in 2014-2015. The Exhibit Building focuses on rural and agricultural life as well as small town community. It is full of exhibits from a gasoline alley exhibit with a 1920's gasoline pump to an exhibit showing the geological timeline for the local area. A few of the exhibits are detailed below to whet your appetite!
The Cooper Clark Prairie Voices Gallery - Aptly named, the Prairie Voices exhibit resonates with the sounds of the prairie of yesteryear, from the beautiful photography to the stories of pioneering prairie families. You can check out what the inside of a sheep herder's wagon looks like, or see up close an early cowboy chuckwagon. Perhaps the old 1948 Ford grain truck will bring back memories or helping harvest wheat. Or, sit a while in "B R" Dew's private railcar exhibit and watch the prairie fly by.
Our Military History - Beginning in the 2018 season, Our Military History will be the display in the Centennial Room. The museum collected photos, memorablia, and stories of military service from local families. The military timeline begins with the Revolutionary War and continues around the room to the present.
Among the pioneers in this area were veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Read the stories of the sons and daughters of Lincoln County who first answered the call to war during WWI. Few WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans remain today, but it is good to see their stories being told.
The Dust Bowl, 1930-1939 - The Dust Bowl shaped farm and town families alike during the Great Depression. Read the stories of five local families. It was a time when many made do with what they had. Between the dust storms and the grasshoppers, the prairie suffered. It was a very creative time, when necessity was the mother of invention because "new" was not an option.
Prairie Living Room and Kitchen - The homestead wall that defines the prairie home came from the Conrad Shafer Ranch. The two rooms offer a glimpse of a prairie home, from a treasured old world spinning wheel to the latest in Singer sewing machines, from bibles to text books to be read by the fireplace, and from handmade quilts to fancy hats from local milinery.
Plains Indians Tipi - This tipi was constructed for the museum by inmates at the Limon Correctional Facility. Do you know why there are 13 lines on the outside of the tipi? The interpretive display explains that, as well as what was considered proper etiquite when visiting another person's tipi.