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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.

      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

      Gene,
      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

      Nancy,
      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

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