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Tyler Tribute - Page 6 Wednesday, May 17, 2017 i m sav, ng commu Fifty years ago, upon learning that the Chicago and Northwestern Rail- road depot in Hendricks would be closed, a group of women from several federated clubs in the community met to plan how to purchase the de- pot and turn it into a mu- seum. Along with other interested visionary citi- zens, the group formed an advisory committee made up of Elmer Moen, Edwin Nelson, Mrs. Ewald Kintzi, Lowell Stegner, and Olena Rogness. The committee submitted a sealed bid of $306, which was accepted by the Railroad and Ware- house Commission. In Sep- tember, the city donated a very suitable site in the Lake Park. The next month, on October 13, 1967, at a community-wide meeting at which Mayor Harvey Buchholz presided, the at- tendees voted to form the Hendricks Historical So- ciety, later changed to the Lincoln County Historical Society. The first board of directors elected that evening included Archie Buseth (Chairman], Olena Rogness, Dr. C. O. Thomp- son, Gena Nelson, Norvald Trooien, Carl Wahlstrom, Clarence ]uenke and Iohn H. Midtaune as Treasurer. The task of fundraising and turning the depot building Lincoln County Pioneer Museum News By Kate Aydin into a museum began in earnest. After many volunteer hours to prepare the site, on Nov. 9, 1967, the depot building left its home of 67 years on Railroad St., transported to the park by Telkamp House Movers of Brookings at the cost of $1,500. Establishing a museum became the proj- ect of many committed volunteers, especially The Creative Coterie Feder- ated Club whose members would act as sponsors and major players in the reno- vation. Over the next two years, extraordinary ef- forts were made to restore the depot and transform it into a museum depicting the lifestyle in the years of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Donations came in from many Lincoln County families and from Astoria and Toronto, South Dakota. The first Secretary of the Hendricks Historical So- ciety, Gena Nelson, wrote, "Everyone had a hand in it, one way or another:' It was genuinely a whole com- munity project. Finally, on Aug. 3, 1969, the Pioneer Museum opened with a formal program attended by several hundred peo- ple, tour guides dressed in period attire, along with other activities reminis- cent of bygone days. The museum has changed quite significant- ly over the last 50 years. We are grateful for the efforts of the citizens of Hendricks for successfully saving a favorite commu- nity landmark and for the many volunteers, donors and patrons throughout Lincoln County and be- yond who left us the legacy of the Pioneer Museum. The museum will be celebrating their 50th an- niversary on Saturday, ]une 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities at the museum and in the Veter- ans Memorial Park. Musi- cians, local history buffs and guest speakers will appear on the public stage, discover unique items at the flea market, and take in flint knapping, rug mak- ing, rope making and but- ter churning demonstra- tions. A free-will offering lunch will also be served that day. The information for this article was taken from Hendricks, MN "Centennial Memories," pages 243-256. Copies are available at the Pioneer Museum. Submitted photo Don Buhl presenting the University of Minnesota Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award to Johannah Nielsen. Johannah Nielsen, a stu- dent at RTR High School, has received a Norman Borlaug Science Achieve- ment Award from the Uni- versity of Minnesota's Col- lege of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sci- ences (CFANS). The award recogniz- es Nielsen's academic achievement in the scienc- es. As part of the award, Nielsen received the book Ten Plants that changed Minnesota written by Mary Hockenberry Meyer and Susan Davis Price. This book highlights the importance of the selected plants and their impact - both positive and negative - in the development and future of Minnesota. The Norman Borlaug Sci- ence Achievement Award also includes a $1,000 scholarship upon success- ful enrollment in CFANS, a college within the Univer- sity of Minnesota. The Award was present- ed by CFANS Alum Don Buhl of Tyler. The award is sponsored by the CFANS Alumni Society, a member organization dedicated to connecting alumni and friends to the college; sup- porting excellence in the educational experience; building college pride, spirit, and community; and enhancing the reputa- tation of the college. More information about the college is available at ww.cfans.umn.edu. 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