Observing Memorial Day 1890s style starts at 10 a.m. Monday at Stuhr Museum.
The folks in Railroad Town are finding themselves in a reflective mood and opt for a flag-led procession from the bandstand to the rural cemetery near the church, starting at 11 a.m. A short remembrance ceremony and military tribute with a firearm salute will take place at the cemetery.
After lunch the festivities continue at the bandstand with music provided by Railroad Town’s own Silver Cornet Band, playing patriotic favorites from the period. From there, visitors can watch a historic remembrance ceremony, taken from past Grand Army of the Republic literature, which honors the serving military and those who died in service.
All day, the residents of Railroad Town will be staffing the village’s historic homes and businesses. Visitors are also invited to visit the Farm Machinery Building, featuring hundreds of pieces from small plows all the way up through steam engines, and check out the new exhibit in the Stuhr Building.
Prepare for a journey inside 1890s medicine with “Pioneer Medicine: Physicians on the Platte” on display through Sept. 8.
Through artifacts and photos taken from Stuhr’s collection, this exhibit tells the story of early medicine in the first communities established by settlers in Nebraska. The exhibit is separated by discipline, showcasing pieces dealing with dentistry, midwifery, nursing, general practitioners and more.
The museum’s extensive collection was tapped to create this exhibit, with some pieces going on exhibit or the first time.
From the genius to the necessary to the outright strange, the exhibit will capture the imagination as well as showcase the ingenuity and grit of our early medial practitioners. The exhibit will also grow as the summer moves on, with several pieces to be added in mid-July.
Stuhr will be open until 5 p.m. Monday. Admission to the Memorial Day event is $10 for adults and $8 for children; Stuhr and Hastings museum members are admitted free.
Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Stuhr Building opens at 9 a.m.; Railroad Town and the Fonner Rotunda open at 10. The Farm Machinery Building is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Pioneer Earth Lodge and Road Ranch Log Cabins are open weekends.
Summer admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for youth ages 6 to 12; children 5 and younger are admitted free. A veterans discount is available. For more information about any of the museum’s activities, call (308) 385-5316.