Merrick County Historical Museum, Inc.

The mission of the Merrick County Historical Museum, Inc. is to tell the continuing story of the people of the Merrick County area.

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Categories: Arts & Culture
Counties Served: Merrick
Challenge Grant: No
Merrick County Historical Museum endeavors to carry out our mission statement by presenting programs, as well as preserving historical documents and artifacts of the county and its people. We sponsor the Annual Teddy Bear Picnic during Lone Tree Days and an annual Christmas Tea with local entertainment. The museum also conducts genealogical research, hosts an exhibition of historic agriculture implements and country school at the Merrick County fairgrounds. Recent events have included the erection of a historical marker at the grave of Merrick county's namesake, Elvira Merrick Depuy Gilcrest, our annual Christmas Tea, and a "sunny" good time by a record 103 kids at our annual Teddy Bear Picnic during Lone Tree Days. The historical Traver house is regularly open during summer months on Sundays. Our Agricultural building and District 51 Schoolhouse located at the fairgrounds are open during the Merrick County Fair. We offer tours to groups and visitors by special appointment. The museum is 100% volunteer-powered!!!
Merrick County Historical Museum was officially incorporated as a non-profit in 1969. The museums roots began in the early 1930's with meetings to consider ways to preserve the stories, artifacts and information of Merrick County and its people. The Traver House has been home to the museum since the early 1970's, showcasing period rooms, the Cahow Barbershop, a circa 1910 playhouse, and housing county and family histories and information. In 1975 a building at the Merrick County Fairgrounds was added to showcase larger items, including farming implements, early printing presses, a buggy and covered wagon, and the waiting room/ticket office furnishings from the former UP depot. We continue to acquire family history items, artifacts, etc. So…we're bursting at the seams!!! We need one centralized, accessible (ADA and parking), climate-controlled, place to house, properly preserve and showcase both what has been, and will be given into our care. With the completion of this building project our programming possibilities will expand greatly. We have the land to build on. We have a good start to the building and endowment funds. Help us complete this building project to continue bringing the history of Merrick County and its people, past and present, to current and future generations.