How to Hang Your Hardware

SCHRANDT & MILLER HARDWARE STORE RENOVATION The recent renovation of the Schrandt & Miller Hardware store in the Plainsman Museum is an excellent example of what a museum actually does. Another huge shout-out to the “A-Team” volunteers, and in particular Bob Cool, the mastermind of the renovation, for re-envisioning the hardware store, painting, hanging, finishing, displaying, fixing, building and fulfilling the mission of our museum to preserve and exhibit Hamilton County history. If you haven’t stopped by to look at this splendid re-creation of the Schrandt & Miller Hardware store on our boardwalk, you are missing out on a real treat. If you've ever walked down the boardwalk of the Plain

President's Day Special: Scots and Water

Hamilton County was named after Alexander Hamilton. Many people think it was because Alexander Hamilton was President. He wasn't. He was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and The New York Post newspaper. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration. Not president, but a man of great importance to the founding of our nation. Sixty-six years after Alexander Hamilton died, the James W

Time Tested Treats for Your Valentine

Valentine's Day is only seven days away. Traditionally this day is associated with Love. And what better way to manifest Love than in handcrafted candy, cookies, and other sweets? When I came across "Our Cookbook" in the museum, the decision to publish a few Victorian era recipes was easy. Back in the day, taking photos of your food wasn't really a thing. So we thought it would be wonderful to invite you to whip up one of the recipes below, snap a digital photo and send it to us to add to this blog post! You can send it via FB messenger @plainsmanmusem, or by regular email at plainsmanmuseum@gmail.com. If you don't do digital, bring the whole dessert in, we'll photograph it. (We even offer

A Painter, A Pilot and an Orange Bowl

I love how history unfolds, revealing secret nuggets of the past, connecting the people of the past with your own present. It's like that 1980s game "Twelve Degrees of Separation" where you try and connect your friends with the actor Kevin Bacon. This Sunday is the Superbowl, which made me think of the Orange Bowl, which made me think of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1970s, which made me think of my dad, which prompted this blog. First Degree It all starts with a mural of a Pawnee Village on the north side of the Plainsman Museum rotunda. This work of art, painted in the colors of sunshine and growing corn, was painted by a Nebraskan of Native American heritage named Win Mumma. Mr. Mumma

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