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Posted on May 26, 2016

Museum seeks ranching photos, artifacts for summer exhibit

Staff report

Local families, especially those with longtime ties to the Quincy area, are being asked to dig through their closets and attics for artifacts and photos relating to ranching and sheep herding, two of the most prevalent occupations in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The museum hopes to pull together the artifacts and photos for its summer display, “Home on the Range in the Quincy Valley.”
The museum typically has a special exhibit every summer, said Harriet Weber, a board member at the historical society. Last year the display, “Prairie Roses,” featured, among other things, wedding dresses worn by pioneer women.
This summer, museum organizers decided to go with something a little more masculine, Weber said. They setttled on ranching.
From 1890 to about 1910 ranching and sheep herding were the predominent industries in the area, Weber said. Some of the more familiar names of homesteaders who were ranchers include Escure, Babcock, Benson and Lauzier, she said.
The museum seeks pre-1975 artifacts. That may include saddles, chaps, furs, riding outfits, tools or ledger books showing the sale of sheep or cattle.
Among the items the museum now has are branding irons and a barbed wire collection, Weber said.
If you would like to have an item that could be showcased in the summer exhibit, call Weber at 398-1949. Or bring it by the museum, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays or Saturdays.
Weber asks that all donations, which will be returned, include a brief description of the artifact or photograph. The museum is planning an opening event for the summer exhibit. It will be 2 to 4 p.m. on June 12 at the museum.
Joining in the event will be John “Jay” Kulm, a Quincy native who is a cowboy poet and comedian. Kulm will give a 30-minute performance in the historic Pioneer Church to benefit the museum.

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