2017 FALL UPDATES

OUR SUMMER WAS A BUSY ONE AND WE APPRECIATE ALL OF OUR VISITORS. THE VOLUNTEERS TRULY ENJOY "SHOWING OFF" THE MANY AWESOME PIECES OF OUR LOCAL HISTORY THAT WE HAVE ON DISPLAY. REMEMBER WE ARE CARETAKERS OF 4, YES FOUR, BUILDINGS SO THERE IS LOTS TO SEE. WE ARE OPEN YEAR AROUND AND IF THERE ISN'T ANYONE AT THE MUSEUM WHEN YOU STOP BY, PLEASE CALL ONE OF THE PHONE NUMBERS POSTED ON THE MAIN DOOR.  SOMEONE WILL ARRIVE SHORTLY TO GIVE YOU A GRAND TOUR OR ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. STEP INTO OUR MUSEUM FOR A UNIQUE STEP BACK IN TIME.

OUR NEW SIDEWALK / RAMP PROJECT WAS COMPLETED THIS SUMMER AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE EASIER AND SAFER ACCESS TO THE MAIN BUILDING.  IT IS A VISUAL IMPROVEMENT TO THE ENTRANCE AS WELL. THE LARGE CEILING FANS INSTALLED IN THE ANNEX CERTAINLY HELP WITH MAINTAINING COMFORT FOR VISITORS STOPPING BY DURING THE NEBRASKA HEAT WAVES!

THE NEWEST ADDITION IS THE LARGE MAPBOARD INSTALLED ON THE OUTSIDE WALL OF THE ANNEX.  THIS MAP HAS BEEN A WORK IN PROGRESS FOR QUITE SOMETIME AS ALOT OF RESEARCH WAS NEEDED TO GET ACCURATE LOCATIONS OF NON-EXISTENT BUILDINGS.  THIS PROFESSIONAL MAP SHOWS THE LOCATION OF THE 7 VALLEYS, THE PAST LOCATIONS OF SCHOOL HOUSES, CHURCHES AND POST OFFICES AS WELL AS PRESENT DAY CEMETERIES. IT IS BOTH VERY EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL ...AND A WORK OF ART AS WELL. WE HAVE HAD MANY, MANY POSITIVE COMMENTS ON THE NEW MAP. 

WE TRY TO UPDATE OUR DISPLAYS REGULARLY .... AND WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED A RESTORED GAS PUMP THAT IS LOCATED IN THE ANNEX. YOU DON'T SEE THESE GAS PUMPS OFTEN SO STOP IN TO CHECK IT OUT.

Annex Updates This Winter

Volunteers were busy this past winter and early spring creating new displays and updating existing ones.  We are also trying to label many of the items on display to make tours more interesting and educational. Your next visit to the Annex should be a pleasant surprise. Besides "tidying up" some displays, we have created a whole new area of Callaway Public School trophies. The trophies are now shown in vertical display cases according to years and are much more visible. We also have a section of Oconto sports items located in the ole' Barber Shop!!!   And the biggest project has been to build a second level above the antique buggy and wagon display for some larger items. This second level is a work in progress but the items to display there should be in place by late spring. It is our goal to keep displays fresh and updated so visitors will want to return. The Annex now has commercial grade fans to keep air circulating making it a more pleasant place to tour when the summer temperatures heat up.  We should soon have a large outdoor sign on the Annex depicting the location of the Seven Valleys, the long ago rural Schoolhouses and the location of area cemeteries. The new sign will be a great addition to our Museum.

Other Museum news---We have been promised that the new sidewalk entrance ramp at the Main Building will be completed early this summer. We are all excited for this to become reality, not only for those entering the building but also to make it easier to carry display items into or out of the facility. The Military Room has had a facelift to better show case the uniforms. Other areas have been or are being updated as time permits.

Please stop in and check out the progress of the ever changing displays depicting our local heritage........you are ALWAYS welcome!!!

 

A SUCCESSFUL AND BUSY SUMMER AT THE MUSEUM

SUMMER IS ON THE WAY OUT AND THE COOLER TEMPS OF FALL ARE A PERFECT TIME TO VISIT THE FOUR BUILDINGS OF THE SEVEN VALLEYS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. JUST A REMINDER THAT WE ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND....IF YOU STOP BY FOR A VISIT AND THE DOORS ARE LOCKED, PLEASE CALL ONE OF THE PHONE NUMBERS LISTED ON THE DOOR. OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE JUST MINUTES AWAY AND WE'D LOVE TO SHOW YOU OUR HISTORICAL GEMS.

DURING THE SUMMER, WE HAD SEVERAL TOURS RANGING FROM YOUNG GRADE SCHOOLERS TO ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENTS AND WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THEM ALL. OUR GUEST REGISTER SHOWED OVER 800 VISITORS FROM 20 STATES!!!  NOW THAT IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE FOR A SMALL TOWN IN CENTRAL NEBRASKA, OFF THE BEATEN TOURISM PATH.

THE NEW "HAT SHOP" DISPLAY IS FINISHED AND READY FOR YOU TO STOP BY AND GET A GLIMPSE OF CLASSY LOOKING CREATIONS AND A FEW OTHER SURPRISES PEEKING OUT. WE ARE WORKING ON IDEAS FOR OUR "OPEN HOUSE" DURING CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN ON DECEMBER 7TH SO BE SURE AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING AT THE MUSEUM......COME BE A PART OF IT!!

                                  AND NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!!!

NEW HAPPENINGS AT THE MUSEUM

  • Check out the new things at the Museum
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  • --A Rodeo display celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the
  • Seven Valleys Rodeo in the Annex

--A new display is in the works in the upstairs area of the main building

--A new ramp entrance is planned for the main building, hopefully it will be completed yet this Fall. We are waiting our turn with the cement contractor.

--We now have quite a collection of commemorative belt buckles depicting area town celebrations and events

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Pioneer Picnic June 24, 25, 26 2016

The Seven Valleys Museum invites everyone who is in town for the annual celebration to stop by the Museum and visit all four buildings if you can. Many changes and improvements have been made including a new air conditioning/heating unit in the main building. New displays are waiting for you at the Annex and as always, one of our volunteers will gladly open the Log Cabin and the Episcopal Church on request.  Have you heard the wonderful sounds of the antique music box, it is worth the trip through the doors of the main building just to hear beautiful music coming from a "tin plate with holes punched in it!!"  Stop by.....you will be glad you did.

"Research Center" located in main Museum Building

Many countless hours have been spent researching and compiling information on marriages, military records, businesses, schools, historical events and cemetery records of the Seven Valleys area. One volunteer is especially dedicated to this area of interest and is constantly updating records. We can boast that seventeen cemeteries have been researched and approximately 10,000 death records have been documented in the South Loup and Wood River valleys. Stop by the Museum if you are needing information for genealogy research, burial locations, obituaries, etc. We will be glad to help if we can.