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Costumed volunteers to bring museum to life

By Staff | May 23, 2014

Submitted Photo Cathy Jelsing, museum director, and village sheriff Kenny Blessum will be on duty when “The Museum Comes Alive” June 1 at the Prairie Village Museum.

Costumed volunteers will bring Prairie Village Museum to life from noon to 3 p.m., June 1. It is the first event in a busy summer at Pierce County’s history museum in Rugby.

“We’ll have people in costume in buildings throughout the village, from the train depot to the church, from the blacksmith shop to the law office,” said Pat Bye, “Museum Comes Alive” organizer. “Volunteers are gathering information about the times to share with visitors that day. It’s going to be a fun event for all ages.”

“Friends of the Museum” will be selling pub burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and pop from noon until gone. Picnic tables will be set up throughout the museum grounds.

The museum is made up of six exhibition halls and 23 historic buildings arranged around a village square. Connected by a wood boardwalk, village buildings are furnished as they might have been at the turn of the century. The museum’s collections range from household items, to Native American artifacts, to antique cars, to a real Great Northern caboose.

The event is free for Geographical Center Historical Society members. Admission for non-members is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors (65 and older) and college students; $3 for kids ages 7 to 17; and free for ages 6 and under. Memberships, which include a season pass to the museum, are $15 for individuals and $30 for households.

Regular museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information on these or other events, call 776-6414.

– Submitted by Prairie Village Museum

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