Merrick County Historical Museum
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||211 E Street
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||Admission is free (donations welcome), Open 2pm-4pm on Sunday afternoons during the summer months or by appointment.
Merrick County is fortunate to have an active and enthusiastic historical society (Merrick County Historical Museum), which not only promotes this historical heritage of the county, but maintains a museum in Central City and at the Merrick County Fairgrounds. The historical society is responsible for the preservation of the artifacts at both facilities.
The Merrick County Historical Museum conducts bi-monthly meetings, conducts tours and hosts the Teddy Bear Picnic and Parade, as well as an annual Christmas Open House. The Historical Museum purchased the old Traver mansion on old Front Street in 1968, and in addition to restoring the home, exhibits many artifacts and records in the house.
The old city fire bell, nearly buried in the Union Pacific right-of-way has been restored and mounted in a decorative tower on the lawn of the Traver home.
The furnishings of the Cahow Barber Shop of Chapman, featured in the books of author Wright Morris was donated to the museum by the Village of Chapman, and a room in the museum is dedicated to this important display.
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