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Historical Museum improvements to come

December 22, 2010

Richard Wright and LaVonne McGraw work to sort the contents of the filing cabinet at the Historical Museum in Broken Bow.

Last week the M. Eighmy Foundation presented a generous donation to the Custer County Historical Society. This gesture was one of the foremost contributions to a fund drive that began a few weeks ago, to raise money toward improving the museum.
The top item on the list is to put in a modern restroom facility in the upstairs of the building, among other minor renovations. To cover the total cost of improvements, a goal has been set to raise $15,000. Carol Christen, the new director and curator at the museum said, “We’re hoping to enjoy the generosity of many people in Custer County to reach our goal.” Christen went on to tell that the Custer County Historical Society began in the ‘60’s and has been continually expanding since then. She also wanted to point out that the museum not only offers many educational and interesting historical artifacts, but also houses a large genealogy research facility and accompanying archives.
The grant offered to the museum was made possible by Mr. Eighmy, a long time resident of Custer County. The foundation that was set up in his name is directed towards area improvement. Besides donating to the historical society, the foundation also recently put funds towards the community college that’s soon to come.
Another improvement to the museum that’s freshly underway involves members of the Custer County Grange. Some of the members volunteered their time to begin the process of sorting through the genealogy archives.
The group’s objective is to make sure the family files are being stored in alphabetical order within each folder. They also wanted to check to be sure all documents are in good condition, and to photocopy and replace the ones that weren’t. Other members of the Grange lent a hand by assisting with the preservation of local newspapers.
While the papers wait to be transferred onto microfilm, they need to be laid out flat and ordered by publication date for storage. This community service project is a huge undertaking and will be going on for some time. Once finished, the family records and local newspapers will be in better storage condition, adding yet another improvement to the local museum.
For more information contact: Historical Museum, 445 South 9th, Broken Bow, NE 68822. Or telephone: 308-872-2203

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