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Bringing history to a new generation

May 12, 2012
By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent

The Yellow Medicine County Museum and Historical Society opened for its 75th season on May 1, with a new exhibit curator Brian Schulz has been working on for the past year.

Amid the exhibits that illustrate life during the pioneer period is a display shaped like a large book whose pages tell the story of each of the 21 townships in the county.

"On this side we have the plat maps and history of the township," said Schulz, "and on the other side biographies of the original settlers."

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Yellow Medicine County Museum and Historical Society curator Brian Schulz shows a new exhibit installed this year. On one side, each leaf displays a plat map of one of the 21 townships in the county and the township’s history. The other side shows biographies of some of the first settlers of the township.

Still in the planning stages is a tea and social event to be held sometime in July to honor the founders of the museum, which first opened in 1937.

"The purpose of the museum is to display the history of Yellow Medicine County as best as we can, and show our younger generation the history of the county," Schulz said. "All exhibits have to have ties to Yellow Medicine County."

Exhibits are usually donated by residents of the county, or former residents now living elsewhere, according to Schulz. Aside from a fair amount of military uniforms and equipment donated by veterans and their families, there are rooms furnished and equipped as a parlor, doctor's office, barber shop, and country store.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The season runs from May 1 to Oct. 31.



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