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Director – Judy Andres


Judy

Judy grew up in Lexington, Nebraska but has lived in Cozad for the last 51 years. She is very interested in history, helped establish the 100th Meridian Museum in Cozad and has served on the Board of Directors for 20 years.

She is on the Board of Directors for the State Genealogical Society and serves as the Publications person. She is a member of the Bonneville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Judy enjoys spending her time volunteering at the United Methodist Thrift Shop in Cozad and also as a Teammate mentor in the Cozad Public School System.

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Board Secretary – Janet Quitmeyer


Janet Quitmeyer

I was born and raised in rural Dawson County. In December of 1974 I graduated from Chadron State College with a major in Library and minor in history and business. I was a volunteer at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron 1971-1974.

I married Dave Quitmeyer and moved to Buffalo community in 1975. I am a Mother of two and a grandmother of four. I’ve had a life-long interest in history going back to the days of Dr. Robert Manley’s TV program.

I enjoy seeing the displays in the museum but it is the pictures and the stories of the people who used the objects that make history the most interesting.

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Director – Pat Gaudreault


Pat Gaudreault

A lifelong resident of Dawson County, Pat enjoys tending his vineyard and many of his neighbors and friends have enjoyed the fruit from his vines when sharing a glass of his wine.

Pat also enjoys restoring antique cars. He restored his first Model A at the age of 16 and is currently restoring a 1912 Model T Touring.

Pat and his wife, Chris, have visited many of the wonderful museums in Nebraska with their daughters and grandchildren. He feels that Nebraska has many hidden treasures just waiting to be explored.

Being a graduate of Cozad High School, Central CC, and the school of hard knocks have helped Pat not only to further his work force accomplishments but also his love for antique cars. He is passionate in his belief of saving memorabilia from the past for future generations.

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Director – Shail Kumar


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I was born in Kanpur (U.P.) India. I grew up with my maternal grandparents who lived in Kanpur. Then when I was 12 I moved to Meerut to live with my parents. My dad was studying at George Town University Hospital in Washington D.C. so my mom & I came to join him in 1957 and stayed till 1959. During that time I went to school in D.C.


After I got married I migrated to USA in 1976. I lived in Gilford N.H. till 1993 when I moved to Nebraska. I have 3 kids 2 daughters Rupali & Sonali and a son Anchal. I also have a grandson Chandan Atticus.

I have always enjoyed being involved in community. While in N.H I started a PTO for our school district K-12, also I started an Indian Association there too. So when I moved to Lexington I got involved At DCHS with art council and later when an opportunity presented I Came on the board in 2007. I love what we are doing here. Hope to be part of the museum for a long time.

In Lexington I own a Book store Kitabee Books, I enjoy the community and the town.

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Part-time Staff

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Display Coordinator – Cheri Bergman


Cheri Bergman

I’m a farm girl from Holdrege, Nebraska. I have a Social Science degree from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. Over the years I’ve been privileged to live in several places and cultures. My work experience with people stretches from running a daycare nursery to planning activities for nursing home residents. I’m a teacher at heart, and I have an artist’s soul. Coming to work at the DCHS Museum is a dream job. The process of pulling together an exhibit employs my passions for history, theater, education and art. I am excited to be a part of the team working to give the people of Dawson County “a fresh look at our history”.

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Director – Mike Hudson


Mike Hudson

Michael Hudson was born in Cozad, Nebraska and moved to Broken Bow in 1981. After graduating from high school he attended college at the University of Colorado in Fort Collins. In 1990 Michael became a police officer in Wichita, Kansas. In 1998 he moved back to Dawson County and joined the Sheriff’s Department where he is now Chief Deputy, supervising 75 Sheriff’s Office employees. Mike and his wife, Stacy, have one son and 4 daughters and reside in Cozad. He has a strong interest in our country’s history and would like to see it preserved. Being on the Board of Directors of the Dawson County Historical Society provides him with the opportunity to preserve Dawson County’s history and meet new people.

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Full-time staff

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Museum Director – Crystal Werger


Crystal Werger

I grew up in Murdock, Nebraska, a very small town between Omaha and Lincoln. I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where I studied history and art history. My last year in college I was able to intern at the Sheldon Art Gallery and so began my love of museums. In 2002, my husband, Mike, and I moved to Elwood, Nebraska where we now live with our two sons Caleb and Joshua. I have had a passion for history all my life! I knew as a child I would do something with that passion but over the years it has changed from wanting to be an Archeologist to Art Historian to Preservationist to Museum Registrar. All those ideas eventually lead me to apply for the job as Director of the Dawson County Historical Society and Museum. It’s a good fit because now I get to do everything I enjoy!

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Board President – Don Batie


Don Batie

Don Batie and his wife, Barb, farm northeast of Lexington. Don traces his roots in Dawson County to his great-grandfather James Pickering, who immigrated to Plum Creek in 1873. Don and Barb own and farm the original homestead, which was filed in April of 1873. They live on James’ tree claim that was filed in 1879. Don is also active on several other boards, including Dawson County Farm Bureau, the Dawson County Planning Commission and the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission. Don and Barb have two daughters, Julie (Doug) Loudon of Grand Island and Cicely Batie of Washington, D.C.

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Director – Donn Newquist


Donn Newquist

I grew up in Dawson county and went to school in Sumner Eddyville Miller. After graduation I attended school in Lincoln at UN/L and got a degree in American History. I taught school for 35 years in Nebraska, Arizona, Georgia, and back to Nebraska. In all the years of teaching I only got to teach history for five years so my love of history became my avocation. No matter where I have lived or traveled I have always relished studying the history around me either through books or discussions with the old timers of the area. Living in Dawson county the last 11 years and being on the DCHS board has given me a lot appreciation for the history that is around us here in central Nebraska. A little known fact about me is I have three college degrees all from the University of Nebraska. History from UN/L, Reading from UN/O, Counseling from UN/K. I am a product of the University of Nebraska system.

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“Wash Day” Exhibit At Dawson County Museum

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Remember the days of hanging laundry outside to dry?
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The feel of the summer heat and the smell of lilacs?

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Experience it all over again at the Dawson County Museum’s exhibit “Wash Day”. We’ll be exhibiting everything from clotheslines and aprons to wash tubs and mangles.

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Take a step back in time when wash day really was a day all its own!

The dates for this exhibit are June30 – September 30.