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The Dawson County Historical Society is committed to the preservation of the unique history and culture of Dawson County Nebraska. Our mission takes us beyond our museum in Lexington, working with local historical societies, civic groups, and other organizations across Nebraska.

However, preservation is only half the battle as we want to inspire the next generation of Americans. Throughout history, all the great leaders have sought inspiration from the past. Educational efforts in local schools and cooperative ventures ensures that learning extends beyond the school house and the museum grounds.

Take a few minutes to explore our site and learn about the society, the museum, and Dawson County. Plan on dropping by the next time you’re in Lexington and see how preserving the past provides inspiration for the future.


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    Randy May said:
    January 9, 2015 at 3:13 am


    I have just recently become acquainted with the Dawson County Historical Society Museum and I am very impressed! I look forward to seeing more and more as it grows .

    I think Dawson County is lucky to have Crystal Werger as Museum Director and I know that there is much more in stock for this museum as time moves forward under her direction. I congratulate the board of directors for their choice in hiring Crystal as director and the support that they are giving Crystal in her endeavors to activate and energize this wonderful county museum.

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    January 20, 2015 at 4:02 am

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    Dennis Roll said:
    February 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Do you know if the Buffalo Lutheran Church at Buffalo in Dawson County is still functioning and has regular services? If so, do you know who I might contact there for information on a burial in the Old cemetery there? Looking for info on a relative buried there a long time ago (1908).

    Thanks.

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      February 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Yes, the Buffalo Lutheran church is still a functioning and operating church. They hold regular church services every Sunday at 10:30 A.M. I have contacted the President of the Dawson County Historical Society Board of Directors, Janet Quitmeyer, who lives in the Buffalo community and attends the Buffalo Lutheran church. She will be checking on the information you have inquired about and will get back to me next week! Thank you for your question!

    ronald gruber said:
    February 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Good morning Would you have a Dawson centennial book ? Ron

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      February 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      I will look for a Dawson Centennial book and get back to you, Ron. Thanks for asking!

    Michael Gard said:
    March 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hello Dawson County Museum staff. Will you please help me? I wonder if you could kindly make a scanned copy of a photo of “Kirby” – “A hunter every winter since 1852.” This black and white photograph hung up on a wall in my grandparents cabin on Johnson Lake – Kirby Point for many years. My grandmother (Myrtle Gard of Overton – deceased) donated it to the museum in the late 1970’s. I f my memory serves me correctly, it was a professionally made photo, with Kirby in his coonskin hat and full armor of ammo belts crisscrossed across his chest, and holding a big gun by his side with its stock on the ground. I believe the photo was taken at Kearney Studios. My grandfather (Grant G. Gard Sr. of Overton -deceased) hunted and trapped with Kirby when he was a young man. Please email me if you have any questions. I work for Texas Parks and Wildlife in Austin, Texas, and would to love to hang up a scanned replica of this cherished photo in my office. I will pay for any expenses if needed to help in this endeavor.

    I would sincerely appreciate your interest and help. Thank you very much for your time.

    Dennis Roll said:
    March 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    A big thank you to Crystal, and to Janet at Buffalo for obtaining records about my Miller, Marcks, and Peters ancestors from the Lutheran church there at Buffalo. Thanks to you I have now been able to piece together more of my family history going back to Nebraska, Illinois and northern Germany. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

    susan winkler van laere said:
    March 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Would you know when the brick streets were laid in Lexington? Family stories say my grandfather Harlan Winkler helped lay them. Thanks so much.

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