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Prairie Village Museum a work in progress

By Staff | Nov 25, 2011

The Prairie Village Museum had a great year, according to director Cathy Jelsing. Overall attendance was up. Much needed repairs and upgrades to some of the buildings were completed. The museum held their first camp and it was a great success.

The Geographical Center Historical Society received a total of Nearly $12,000 in grants this year which paid for needed roof repairs, a computer and printer, tourism promotion, and emergency repairs. Grants can’t pay for general operating expenses, however.

Yearly memberships in the Geographical Center Historical Society which admits the patron to the museum are available. These would make great stocking stuffers for those on the Christmas list who are hard to buy for.

More volunteers and people willing to commit resources to the museum are always needed. Call 776-6414 or send an e-mail to prairievillagemuseum@gmail.com if you would like to help. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be sent to: Prairie Village Museum, PO Box 232, Rugby, ND 58368.

An organizational meeting for Friends of the Museum will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat. Jan. 21 in the Otter Tail Power Company community room in Rugby. “

“The exact nature and role of the organization will be determined by the founding members,” said Jelsing.

Some suggestions for activities the organization might want to do are: pound nails, paint buildings, volunteer for Village Fair and other events, fundraising events, tend the museum gift shop, help with mailings, conduct inventory, document and organize the collections, host lectures and history presentations.

One area that the museum could use volunteers for is their upcoming Old-Fashioned Family Dinner, bake sale and bucket bids event. Some of the tasks that need volunteers is baking for bake sale, setting up tables, collecting money, selling chances on gifts, selling memberships and cleaning up.

An Old-Fashioned Family Dinner, bake sale and bucket bids for gifts will be held at the Rugby Eagles on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5-8 p.m.

Bring the whole family and sit down together for a family meal of roast beef and all the trimmings before the holidays get too hectic.

Rumor has it that Santa Claus will be making a special appearance that evening.

Baked goods of all kinds will be sold that evening, as well. Pick up some baked goodies and cross baking off the list or just add some specialty treats to the family’s traditional ones.

To add to the fun, people can purchase raffle tickets and place them in the bucket nearest a favorite gift. A name will be drawn from each bucket for the gift that is with that bucket. If a person purchases several tickets they might choose to place a ticket in each bucket or place them all in the nearest bucket to a certain gift, upping their odds of winning. Some of the gifts include: a North woods Throw, a night at the Northern Lights Inn/dinner at Dakota Farms, hand-crafted holiday table runners and much much more.

The best part is families can have all this fun together and the proceeds will go to support the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby.

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