The Cass County Historical Museum, located on Main Street in Griswold will open for the 2020 season in conjunction with the Griswold Old Soldier’s Reunion on July 10. Museum hours are normally 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays, and the museum will be open those hours on July 10. On July 11, as part of the Griswold Soldiers Reunion, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New displays this year are a beautiful oak bedroom set that was moved west by a covered wagon and recently returned to Cass County to make its home at the museum.
Another new display is the treasured Linn Mystery Trunk with newly framed high-fashion drawings of Hollywood movie stars. Enjoy a collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls as well as other antique toys and a 100-year-old teddy bear in excellent condition.
Clothing from the Roaring 20’s is displayed for all to enjoy. The museum features displays of wildlife and Indian artifacts from the earliest Indian inhabitants to the present. The Victorian Room contains beautiful furniture, glassware, and clothing from that era. Visitors will enjoy an unusually large marble collection and a Cass County signature quilt.
Each Cass County town is featured with memorabilia in the “Towns of Cass County” Room. Uniforms and souvenirs from the Civil War through the Afghanistan War are on display as well as a large variety of quilts and farm tools.
From antique kitchen articles to a large shoeshine stand made of marble, to medicines guaranteed to cure whatever ails you, one can find it neatly displayed in this building.
One of the most popular rooms is the one containing the Kirchhoff Collection of replica barns and other buildings created to scale by the late Wayne Kirchhoff.
The museum will be open through Dec. 5.
The Cass County Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving the past for the future.
Board members are Sally Hansen, Chairman, Lila Hoogeveen, Shirley Bierbaum, Anieta Gregory, Norma Landon, Nadine Howell, Sheryl Buroughs, Carol Preston, and Diane Curtis.