Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saline County Museum Open For New Season

We have received notification via Facebook that the Saline County Museum will open for the season beginning today, Sunday, April 2.  

All individuals and families are encouraged to visit and get in touch with this area's unique and special history.  

For those who don't know, the museum's roots can be traced back to the 1950s, when Dorchester's own Rosa Dusanek had a dream of building a Saline County museum to house the history of our area's people. 

Here's how it went down:

In 1957, the Saline County Historical Society was established.  In 1960, the Saline County commissioners gave the society a one-tenth mill levy.

The museum's first building -- the teal colored structure you see from Hwy. 33 -- was built in 1964. 

Today there are eleven buildings (with a 12th being completed in the spring of 2017).

The Chapel contains “In Loving Memory” funeral displays, an altar and wedding dresses and suits. A nearby memorial pays tribute to Dorchester's Charlie Havat, the last American killed in WWII's European Theater.

The Memorial Building has an 1800’s bedroom, a parlor and a kitchen. There is a textile room, dentist office, doctor’s office and a beauty shop.

There is a section for all organizations of Saline County. The Museum will take organizational minutes and scrapbooks from disbanded organizations.

The Weidner Building which houses the fire truck, wagons, photography, and electrical displays.

The Machinery Building has implements from the past centuries.

The Voting Building is original. This building was only used for voting.

The Buckingham School is a one room country school from 1871. It is a building where present day children can go to school to see how their great grandparents were educated.

The Burden Home belonged to the first black homesteader in Saline County. Seven children were born and raised in this two room home, dated 1868.

The Cizek log cabin, which dates back to 1866, is in the yellow building, along with a large collection of barbed wire and other items.

The Dorchester Depot houses fascinating train and railroad-related memorabilia.

And the Plato Post Office building is a traveling post office, a tiny building that moved from farm to farm.

The Saline County Museum is operated strictly by volunteers. The Saline County Historical Society Board consists of ten individuals who meet quarterly.

There is no admission fee, although donations are welcome.

The Saline County Museum is now open for the season -- from April through October -- Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m.  

Museum contacts are: 
Judy - 402-243-2356 
Mary Anne - 402-448-5265

The museum volunteers say they are working on new displays.  If you haven't been to the museum in a while, you and your family should stop by and seen the many changes.

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