Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Thurs - Sat, 1pm to 7pm; Sun, 1pm to 4pm

Mon - Wed, closed

Exhibit Building

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!

Chuckwagon setup and cook fire in front of a mural with cattle and the setting sun.

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 of helping harvest wheat. Or, sit a while in "B R" Dew's private railcar exhibit and watch the prairie fly by. flourish

WWI sailor mannequin standing next to a replica WWI trench.

Our Military History - Our Military History is the current 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. flourish

A display of items such as shoes and other household items along with stories from local Dust Bowl families

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. flourish

A wood-fired porcelin kitchen stove and eating table setup as might have been found in a prairie home.

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. flourish

The tipi replica setup with typical belongings.  Stripes adorn one side while horses adorn the other side.

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. flourish

The front of the Exhibit Building with a Facebook Like thumbs up.