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.

      Diann May Sherwin said:
      September 9, 2015 at 7:41 PM

      Hello, Randy,
      Are you from the Lexington area? My paternal grandparents lived there, as did my great uncle. Maybe we’re related.

        Randy May, Site Admin. said:
        September 9, 2015 at 8:28 PM

        Hello Diann … Happy to meet you!
        I was born at the Lexington Hospital in 1947, to Wayman and Sara May of Cozad. My grand father was William E. May who’s father Oliver May homesteaded NorthEast of Cozad. Oliver had two brothers that I know about, Frank May and Leo May. Frank was never married, but Leo did have two children, Geraldine May Buss and Dr. Derald May, both of whom migrated west to New Mexico and Phoenix. I know of no other May folks that were related to us in this area. I do know that Frank May owned farm ground in Phelps County after leaving Dawson County.

          Cheryln may wahlgren said:
          November 16, 2015 at 3:26 PM

          William, Charles,Frank & Leo May were SONS of Oliver may brothers. 2 daughters were Minnie & Sarah. I was surprised to find that Leo & Frank (who was single & lived with his brother for many years) died within 30 days of each other. Also grandpa William & his brother Charlie died less than 4 months apart!

      Garr Nielsen said:
      October 10, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      My maternal grandfather (Hibbert Krier) lived in Dawson County and published the newspaper. We have a number of items from his father’s (Benjamin Krier) civil war service and wondering whether these items would be of interest to your museum

        Crystal Werger, Director responded:
        October 10, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        Yes! We would be very interested in your Great-Grandfather’s Civil War items! We have a Military Hall of Honor with a Civil War display. Thank you for contacting us!

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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).


      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.

      Kristie Gard said:
      June 2, 2016 at 2:39 AM

      I remember that picture. Do you know the address of the cabin?

    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.

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      The brick streets in Lexington were laid in 1919. We’re looking for more information for you and hope to find some reference to your grandfather!

    Eugene Arundel Miller (Gene) said:
    May 20, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Hi Crystal,
    My father was Glenn E. Miller. During WWI he served as an Army company commander during the final offensives that won the war. For that service he awarded the French Croix de Guerre..

    Later, in civilian life, he was Superintendent of Lexington schools 1935-56, Dawson County Judge 1963-64, and on Lexington City Council 1966-70. At some time later in his life he donated his WWI Army uniform to the museum, It was displayed and I presume it still is there.

    Among the items I inherited when he passed away are numerous items from his service in World War I. I would like to donate those keepsakes to the museum. They are not a large collection but they do include photographs, his diary, letters, insignia, shoulder patches, etc. (About 1/4 cu ft.).

    You possibly have there at the museum a copy of the book “Soldiers Letters Home”.(Now out of print) About one third of the book is devoted to the story of Glenn’s WWI Service. I will include a pdf print out of it with the collection.
    Please let mw know if the Glenn Miller collection would be welcomed at the Museum.

    Eugene A. Miller aka Gene

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      May 22, 2015 at 4:25 PM

      The museum would be honored to house and display your father’s WWI keepsakes. Last summer we moved our military display and completely renovated it and added many more items we had in our collection. We do have your father’s uniform and a few other items belonging to him during his service in the War. Please contact me whenever you are ready to donate your father’s items. We are very proud of our “Military Hall of Honor” and would be very grateful to have your father’s keepsakes!

    Nancy Mikoda said:
    May 22, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    I found a Dawson Cook book from 1914 in my mother’s belongings. If you do not have one, I would like to send it to you. It has ads in it from the local business’s along with location and some 1 and 2 digit phone numbers.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    Nancy Mikoda

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      May 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      I am very interested! We do not have a 1914 Dawson County Cookbook. The oldest I have found at the museum is from 1924. We would love to add your mother’s 1914 Dawson Cookbook to our collection!

    dwight farmer said:
    June 14, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    one of parents dealt in antiques, ran onto a lexington minuteman booster club pin,back in the 1970s we would go to a antique showes at ddpp in lexington, my dad was got acquianted with neal kugler, name sallenz,anthony maloley dabbled in antiques

    John Kelley said:
    July 6, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Kindly email me a current email address for the following:
    Lexington Genealogy Society
    P.O. Box 778
    Lexington, NE 68850
    e-mail: ebrummet@q.com

    Thanks in advance. John

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      July 6, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      The President of the Lexington Genealogy Society is Karen Henry. Her phone number is 308-324-5791. She does not have email. But if you need to send something to an email address you can send it to Marge Bader mbader57@msn.com

    Margaret Bader said:
    July 19, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    This is a Web Site is a great idea. Thank you, Crystal, and everyone else working at the museum. By the way, we will get back to working on the 4th Thursday of the month on all the schools of Dawson County; and we are pleased to have any information on them so we can get the map up on the wall.

    Kris Chisholm said:
    July 27, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    My great great grandfather, John Anthony Duffy, built a home in the 1800’s in Plum Creek, now Lexington, Nebraska, that is supposedly still standing. Do you know of this home, location, or images that may exist of this residence? I am in California, so would appreciate any images you have. Thanks so much!– Kris

      Randy May said:
      July 28, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      Thanks for the question, Kris! We will do some looking around here at the museum and around the town of Lexington and, hopefully, will be able to come up with something for you! – Crystal, Director

    Julia Coldren-Walker said:
    August 14, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I have a long roll photo of a fraternal organization with my great grandfather Frederic Sylvester Thornburg was an officer. It is about 10 inches tall and maybe 30 inches long (or longer) would you be interested in it.

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      August 14, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Yes! We would be very interested! Next year we will be working on a “Gentleman’s” display and this picture you describe will work wonderfully with the exhibit. Thank you for thinking of the Dawson County Museum!

    Barb Endorf said:
    October 8, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Do you have a map of Evergreen Cemetery, I have a great uncle buried there he died in 1889 age 12. Grave is unmarked would like to find the location of the grave.

      Crystal Werger, Director responded:
      October 8, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      We have a book at the museum that lists all the graves at Evergreen Cemetery and where they are located. If you are unable to come to the museum and go through it you can give me his name and I can try to find it for you.

    Ray Stout said:
    May 5, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Was there some kind of check station on Highway 20 at the Iowa border in February 1939 for communicable diseases such as chicken pox? I’m in a rush right now but will explain later, likely tomorrow. Thanks for your assistance.

    Christine Johnson said:
    June 29, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    My maternal great great=grand parents lived in Dawson County and are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. I did not know this until recently. I had already planned a road trip and it is not a great deal out of the way for me to visit your museum. Their names were Henry and Martha West. Do you think it would be possible that I would find out more about them at the museum?

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