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Fairbury City Museum Announces October Feature and ProgramFairbury City Museum Announces
October Feature, Program

October 2011 - "Pioneer Farm Life" is the theme for month of October at the Fairbury City Museum. A special program featuring living history demonstrations was held Sunday, October 9th from 1 – 4 p.m.  Over 100 visitors to the museum will had an opportunity to learn about various aspects of life as an early settler on a farm in Jefferson County in the 1860s, the time period that Fairbury was platted as a town.

Fairbury City Museum Announces October Feature and ProgramFairbury native and Fairbury City Museum volunteer Megan (Katz) Smallcomb presented a program demonstrating the techniques and tools pioneer women used to perform the essential chores of cooking and laundry. Dressed in authentic period clothing, Smallcomb gave demonstrations on Dutch oven cooking, including building a fire, preparing food and the use of essential items to prepare a meal. The laundry demonstration focused on the entire process from building a fire to boil water, washing of garments using homemade lye soap, and creating a makeshift clothesline to hang the clothes to dry.

Fairbury City Museum Announces October Feature and ProgramAlso on the schedule for the program were demonstrations by the Prairie Blacksmiths Association. Members Dan Stanton and Bruce Junker of Fairbury taught visitors about the vital role blacksmiths played early pioneer communities. They demonstrated the techniques used by the early blacksmiths as they use fire and basic tools to forge metal into useful tools. The ability to create and repair tools, hardware, utensils and decorative ironwork was a necessary element in every field of the human endeavor and essential to pioneer life on the farm.

“As harvest begins, we are reminded of our agricultural heritage in the Fairbury area. By hosting living history demonstrations about pioneer life in rural Nebraska, we hope to give visitors a glimpse of what everyday life was like for the early settlers in our area. Living history is an excellent teaching tool, especially for children, and fosters an appreciation for how difficult life was for those who came and settled here,” according to Smallcomb.

Fairbury City Museum Announces October Feature and ProgramIn addition to program events, the museum features tools, farm implements and a barbed wire collection all on display both inside the museum and outside in the red barn. Program attendees enjoyed refreshments, courtesy of museum board members. “Spending the afternoon at the museum is a great family activity and the living history demonstrations will be fun for the kids,” according to curator, Art Korte.

In other news:  Attendance at the Fairbury City Museum for the month of August was up 227% over last year. The Board of Directors welcomed new board member, Mick Suey of Fairbury. Upcoming events for November and December are also being planned.

The Fairbury City Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 1128 Elm Street, just two blocks off Highway 136, Nebraska’s Heritage Highway.

 
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