Custer County Museum Taking Show Up Road To Merna

Custer County Museum Taking Show Up Road To Merna

The “Kellenbarger images from Glass negatives” screen showing project will be on the road on September 14 at 7 PM at the Merna Community Building. The presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Custer County Museum/CCHS as part of the Humanities Nebraska Grant Funding.

This presentation will give you the opportunity to view the images that were scanned into the computer from Glass Negatives and made available in a digital format. These have been printed and are on display at the Custer County Museum for the summer of 2021. These images capture the daily life on the homestead and what the community looked like since it was settled only twenty years prior to when these photos were made by Mr. J. A Kellenbarger. He was also known as Joseph Allen Kellenbarger of Custer County, Nebraska.

Joseph and his wife Margaret had a family of five boys and two girls while living on the prairies of central Nebraska. These artifacts were donated by a Kellenbarger family member that lives in the same house that the homesteaders built one hundred years ago. This is just over one hundred glass negatives that were a treasure of stories and amazing images that capture the history of the area.

Custer County Museum showing of the Kellenbarger images from Glass Negatives) is one of the projects funded through the Humanities Nebraska grants.

After the program the Custer County Museum will be open for you to see the exhibits that include: the General Store of Wescott, Gibbons and Bragg that was in Comstock, the Talbot Mural of Broken Bow and Solomon D Butcher Photo Gallery depicts the pioneer life and spirit that settled our county in the early years. There are several other areas or exhibits of the Museum that may be of interest to anyone.

This is a free event open to the public.

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Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone
(402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail