‘History in Action Day’ is Sunday at the Dawes County Historical Museum – KCSR/KBPY


The Dawes County Historical Society is hosting its 26th Annual History in Action Day on Sunday, September 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dawes County Historical Museum.

Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated. Lunch and pies are available for purchase and there are also free ice creams.

Spokesperson Phyllis Carlson says as always, there are activities, demonstrations and exhibits for all ages depicting frontier life in Dawes County…but with a special focus on children.

Carlson is sad to report that one of the most popular activities, the apple cider press, won’t be available this year, but she thinks people will find plenty of other great stuff.

Numerous demonstrations highlight how difficult life was generations ago, when it sometimes took days to plow fields that modern tractors can handle in just a few hours or when a round trip to town could take all the day.

Visitors are encouraged to explore all of the museum’s exhibits such as the Heesacker Toy Collection, One-Room Schoolhouse, and unique Marcus Cain Equipment Collection.

Some of the more recent exhibits include displays of homemade lace, a restored railway carriage and beauty parlor items next to the Carpenter’s Cove Barber Shop.

The Cove’s sister building is now fully open, housing the doll collection donated by Richard and Clara Erixon and Carl and Fawn Larsen’s historic telephone equipment

The Dawes County Historical Museum is on the grounds of a farm donated to the society for this purpose 3 miles south of Chadron, just past the golf course off Highway 385 on Country Club Road

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Patrick F. Williams