CUSTER COUNTY—Earlier this month the Custer County Museum welcomed the Water Ways traveling exhibit to town for visitors to explore the endless motion of the water cycle and its effect on the different components of our lives. The Water Ways exhibit will be available to view through September 21. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Custer County Museum and Historical Society President Lance Bristol said the exhibit was delivered to Broken Bow in 20 crates and volunteers set up the exhibit in just four hours. In cooperation with Humanities Nebraska and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, the Custer County Museum has the opportunity to share water’s cultural, social, and spiritual impact on communities.
“It’s (MoMS) a wonderful program for small museums like us. Without it, an exhibit like this is pretty much impossible,” Bristol said.
On August 10, the museum invited guests for a sneak preview of the exhibit and welcomed local cowboy artists R.P. Smith and Don Schauda as they performed songs and poems all relating to water.
The anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution is August 10, 1846 so Bristol said it was a special night with lots to celebrate. In addition, Rick and Dawn Sebek, of Lincoln, were in attendance and recognized for their generous donation of the Solomon Butcher heart they purchased during the annual Nebraska by Heart auction last fall.
The Water Ways exhibit will also feature unique programs on Thursday evenings. The Water Management Today program will take place on August 30 at 7:00 p.m. This presentation will be done by Lower Loup Natural Resource District Representative Larry Schultz with Jim Jones as a guest speaker.
September 6 at 7 p.m. Windmill Night in Merna with Downey Well showing the Windmill Yard (Merna will host a reception at the community building)
September 13 at 7 p.m. Exhibit is open for viewing
September 20 at 7 p.m. Movie Night at Broken Bow. Showing of several four-minute long videos created by area youth, which tell of the water around us and our story of water.
Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the resource that covers more than 71% of the earth’s surface. The Custer County Museum is located at 445 South 9th Avenue in Broken Bow.