100th Celebration of Home State Bank Building

100th Celebration of Home State Bank Building
The Home State Bank building, in Dunning, has been standing for 100 years and is now home to the Sandhills Heritage Museum. (Photo: Sandhills Heritage Museum Facebook page)

DUNNING—Come home to Dunning! The Home State Bank building, now home to the Sandhills Heritage Museum (416 Jewett Ave Dunning, Nebraska), has been standing for 100 years. A birthday celebration will be held on Saturday to wrap up the 2018 Blaine County Fair.

Birthday cake will be served on Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. and the Blaine County Fair BBQ will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Dunning Community Hall. A group of musicians are reuniting to reminisce about spending time in the now 80-years-old community hall and will perform live music. Boots N’ Country will begin at 7 p.m.

Sandhills Heritage Museum Board Chairman Kathy Martendale said she is excited for people to tour the museum, the Herefords Crossroads exhibit, and see the new post office and Robinson House parlor room display.

“We just are completing the post office display and the parlor room display. They’re both connected to history in Dunning. The post office and the bank, at one time, shared the same building. So we were given back pieces of the original post office and we put them in place. They aren’t exactly what they were before but they give you the impression and hopefully bring back memories and show the young people what it was like back in the day,” Martendale said.

The museum will be open for the public to tour and enjoy the centennial celebration.

Special guests include Nebraska Senator Tom Brewer of District 43, Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska, Rebel Sjeklocha and Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019 Lady in Waiting, Eva Oliver.

In addition to birthday cake and BBQ, the Sandhills FFA and Farm Bureau will be serving root beer floats in the park from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We’re anxious to have people see that new display and we’d like them to just come and share in the day that we want to celebrate the fact that that bank has stood for 100 years,” Martendale said. “It’s community, it’s county, it’s working together in our small group of people that we have in order to have a great time and we invite everybody to come and join us.”

Contact Kathy Martendale with any questions at 308-880-0787 or visit the Sandhills Heritage Museum or Blaine County Fair Facebook pages.