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Behind museum move to old library building

April 20, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

In an Independent article concerning the future use of the old library building, Museum Board president, Neil Ingebritsen, noted that Lyon County artifacts were first displayed in the basement of the building. Now these items could come "home" again.

The Lyon County Board has offered to buy the library building from the city and use it as a permanent home for the Lyon County Historical Museum, (Independent, April 4, 2012).

Once again there would be room to erect the log cabin, once assembled by Boy Scouts, and to display the "prairie schooner" - a "ship crossing a sea of grass" - as Easterners described the covered wagon.

Even young children appreciate learning about their country's history. Visiting the museum on Third Street to see Native American and pioneer artifacts was always a November trip enjoyed by the 4-year-olds I taught at Samuel Lutheran School.

Ellayne Conyers, the then-museum director, told one group that the log cabin was not quite finished. A usually shy little girl quickly responded, "I can tell it's not done. There isn't any carpeting!"

Last summer, three male former students, now freshmen at Marshall High, volunteered their time to move old newspapers upstairs in the present museum on Main Street. We enjoyed reminiscing about their first visit in 2002. The jail exhibit made a big impression on them.

Hopefully, the Historical Society's or Lyon County's bid for the library building will be accepted. Finding a site for Marshall's alternative high school is important, too. Is the old coke plant a possibility?

Trudy Madetke




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