Butler County Historical Museum

Once the front door of David City for arriving train passengers, the former Burlington Northern Railroad depot is home to the Butler County Historical Museum. Celebrating 50 years since its beginning, the Butler County Historical Society is working on museum improvements which will greatly increase the public's access year-round. 

LARRY PEIRCE/THE BANNER-PRESS

Two years ago, members of the Butler County Historical Society began re-organizing after years of the organization's inactivity. As in any long term endeavor, there have been progress and challenges along the way.

The Society has received some generous donations, along with funds from the Butler County Tourism Fund, to make some headway on stabilizing the Butler County Historical Museum, the former Burlington Northern Depot on D Street.

The Society’s goals are to preserve the 102-year-old depot and also provide a place where historical artifacts can be preserved and presented to the public.

Along with heating and cooling of the museum, the Society has been working on weatherization. First on the improvement list is replacement of the building’s windows with more energy efficient glass.

Toward this end, the Society established the “Stop the Drafts Window Campaign” to raise funds for window replacement. Contributors who help to pay for windows will have their names on a nameplate near the window for future generations to see as they visit the museum.

Several generous donors have stepped up with gifts to pay for windows in honor of their ancestors who lived, worked and raised their families in Butler County for decades.

Windows range in cost from $500 to $1,200. Brochures are available on the Society's Facebook page and at various locations or upon request. 

Aside from the window campaign, the Society invites new members to join and help to preserve Butler County history for future generations. Membership dues of $10 are due in January.

 The Society meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Meeting locations alternate between David City and the villages of the county. If you’d like to host a meeting, contact the Society officers to make arrangements.

The Butler County Historical Society is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, and all donations are fully tax deductible under the law. For more information about the window campaign, here are contacts: Larry Peirce, 402-875-2073, Greg Fiala 402-367-7945, Steve Barlean 402-367-7907.

Donations can be sent to Butler County Historical Society, P.O. Box 133, David City, Nebraska.

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