Adams County’s Dakota Buttes Museum (DBM) is a great place to think, to learn, to be, anytime.
Located in southeast Hettinger, ND, at 400 11th St South, this four-building museum complex attracts hundreds of visitors a year from the USA and from international countries.
By BONNIE SMITH
For The Record
Operated by the Dakota Buttes Historical Society (DBHS/M), the official historical society of Adams County, the museum houses over 22,000 items of historical interest, covering the life and times of indigenous people through the present and into the future.
In the entry, learn the history of the North and South Dakota pink granite, state line markers and of special, new exhibits.
Look up in the lobby to the Hall of Flags representing 14 ethnic groups that settled this area. See also the photo display of first and second generation area settlers. Learn of the magnificent bison that roamed the Great Plains and see and read about Prairie Thunder.
Stop by the Archives and Reading Rooms that house a large collection of photographs, textual information and scrapbooks, and over a century’s bound volumes of Adams County Records and newspapers from Reeder, Hettinger and Haynes.
Walk through a Mid-Twentieth Century kitchen in building one to learn of life and times on the prairie in the 17 special feature booths, such as the Raasch family’s Five Generations of Military Service and Sacrifice exhibit in the military booth. Pause in the Green Room to learn about religious experiences on the prairie and view models and collections upstairs.
In building two, experience the life and times of communities in the area and learn about, and see, life-size models of early businesses. Don’t miss the restored horse-drawn fire engine, the vintage vehicles, the area’s own Titanic survivor display, or the Yellowstone Trail kiosk.
Walk among the collection of antique farm machinery, equipment and tools in building three. Enjoy even more in the outside display.
While outside, enter the Kansas City Schoolhouse, a fully restored early 20th Century wooden school with vintage books, maps, globe, and desks.
Celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States of America with free birthday cake and ice cream at the museum the afternoon of July 4.
Come on over to the museum during the Adams County Fair August 5 & 6 for this year’s special exhibit from the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND): Land in Her Own Name and to see the new exhibits on women homesteaders of the plains.
The opening program at 1:00 pm Friday, August 5, features Homestead Laws and Process – Ginger Dangerud; Personal Tales of Women Homesteaders – Marge Yohe and Betty Svihovec; and Modern Women Homesteaders – Abbey Richards. After an old-fashioned coffee time, local storyteller Ceil Anne Clement will share ethnic tales of adventure.
Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 am, gather for coffee at the museum and learn about the dreams and challenges of women homesteaders of the Northern Great Plains as found in H. Elaine Lindgren’s book, Land in Her Own Name. Call now to reserve a book at KB Jewelers (567-2358) or check at the Adams County Library, Hettinger, for copies to read ahead of time, if you wish.
On Friday, August 26, be part of the all-day, hands-on demonstrations of homestead life and activities. From 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, area schools and the public are invited to learn more about such early homestead activities as butter churning, goat milking, clothes washing, rope making, fermenting vegetables, spinning, weaving, old time children’s games and more.
This special SHSND homestead exhibit, at Dakota Buttes Museum from August 5 through September 14, culminates with a free bus tour of distinctive styles of remaining early homes in the county on Sunday afternoon, September 4. Meet at 1:00 pm. Light supper at the museum at end of tour.
The Dakota Buttes Museum is open Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from late May through mid-September, 1:00 – 4:00 pm MDT. People who wish to make an appointment for a different time, please call 701-567-4429 or any of the numbers posted on the museum’s main (west) door. Admission: donation. Groups welcome.
It’s a great place to be, anytime.