BROKEN BOW—Who doesn’t love a slice of pie? Apple, cherry, rhubarb, pecan…with so many to choose from, at least 180 Custer County residents definitely enjoy a slice of pie now and then and took part in the annual pie and ice cream social at the Custer County Museum and Research Center on Friday, June 8.
As part of the State of Art and Music Festival, the Custer County Historical Society hosted the annual event for community members in order to showcase the recent museum renovation as well as reveal the Founding Fathers exhibit.
Museum Curator Tammy Hendrickson said the research for the permanent display consisted of searching through stories of Custer County and researching those who signed the documents establishing Custer County. She tracked down the histories of where they came from, where they died, businesses they started, and much more. Hendrickson said two possible names for our county could have been Garber or Kountz, but in the end, Custer was decided upon.
“I went through the old records and the stories of the county and who was part of the organization—not necessarily who were the earliest settlers—but who put their name on the line with the governor,” Hendrickson said.
The pie and ice cream social brought in $830—nearly twice as much as the average amount for this event, which has been going on for about the last five years. Donations will go toward a museum preservation project.
“A preservation project that we’re working on. We have a set of glass negatives we’re going to get printed but we have to get them printed and it does take that back to the early 1900s. But it’s another set of them, not Mr. Butcher’s, but they are Custer County ones. And then we have some other projects, some older maps, the homestead maps that are cloth maps that will get a reprint also, that will have a preservation,” Hendrickson said.
You can check out the Founding Fathers display posters along with the recent museum renovation during the Custer County Museum’s summer hours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (445 S 9th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822)