ELGIN, Neb. – A museum in Antelope County is attempting to bring one town's history to life in July, and patrons will be able to see it for free.
The Antelope County Museum in Neligh is recognizing Elgin as the 2021 featured town during its July 3rd "Evening at the Museum." Free admission will be offered for the event from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. life.
Museum officials say there will be displays of prized Elgin memorabilia, including a farmer’s daily journal dating from the late 1800s, pill-making paraphernalia from the pioneer-era Elgin drug store, precious keepsakes from historic Elgin businesses, and more. A video highlighting Elgin past and present will also be featured.
Also included will be a 43-stop self-guided tour of Elgin sites tracking the town’s development since its beginnings in 1889. Elgin’s swanky Hotel Logan and the Koinzan hangar featuring vintage aircraft will be open 2:30-4:30 pm, Saturday, July 3rd.
Patrons can get the tour guide at the museum, The Elgin Review office or on the web at www.antelopecountymuseum.org. There's also the chance to earn Elgin Bucks, which are redeemable at any Elgin business, by answering questions and returning them to the museum before July 3rd.
The museum complex, managed by the Antelope County Historical Society, collects and preserves the county’s rich history. Included is a 7,480 square-foot main building, a newly renovated one-room schoolhouse, historic church and log cabin. Except for Elgin Evening at the museum, admission is $5 and free if under 18.
The historical society maintains an extensive document and photographic collection, including genealogical records, historic newspapers, maps, court records and high school yearbooks.