Dakota Buttes Museum looking toward another “Shining Season”

Sure to be another “Shining Season,” the Dakota Buttes Historical Society/Museum at 400 11th St. So. in Hettinger is readying itself for the 2017 public.

For The Record

The museum, operated by the Dakota Buttes Historical Society, the official historical society of Adams County, opens Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, in its third-year collaboration with the Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115’s Memorial Day Observance.

The Patriotic Legion Program begins at 10:30 am that day, with free dinner and potluck desserts to follow. The men’s singing group, the Borderline Singers, entertain at 12:00, a program that, this year, includes a World War I Sing-a-Long.

The fourth in a series of five special programs in commemoration of the 2014 World War I (WWI) Centennial begins at 12:30 with presentations on Trench and Chemical Warfare. It concludes with vignettes of local family members’ WWI involvement. Coffee and discussion to follow.

On July 4, it’s “Happy Birthday, America!” time again. The museum will be open over the celebration weekend with free USA birthday cake from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4.

The first weekend of August, the Dakota Buttes Museum is open in support of the Adams County Fair with a program and special exhibit at 1:00 pm Friday, August 4, featuring the History of Barns, a photo display of area barns, and live Country Western music.  The special exhibit, the “Elkins’ Family Model Barn and Windmill” is part of an extensive, handcrafted farmstead

created by Earl and Clara Elkins, former Hettinger residents. The complete, to-scale, farmstead will become part of the permanent museum collection.

To enhance this special exhibit, area residents are invited and encouraged to bring to the museum pictures/photos of area barn(s). Museum volunteers will enlarge and mat the photos at no charge (photos will be returned to owners, if they wish), and will be displayed at the museum in August and September. The photos will become part of the permanent collection of the museum’s archives. Please bring identifying information with the photo: whose barn, where it is located and the approximate building date.

On Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 3, the DBHS/M sponsors the fourth in a series of free bus tours, the first three were Adams County bridges, churches, and houses. The 2017 tour focuses on selected barns, representative of the life and times of people of the area. The tour begins at 1:00 pm on the west side of the museum, returning to the museum for a complimentary light supper after the tour.

All events are free and open to the public.

Regular museum hours are Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, or by appointment (701-567-4429).

Save the dates and bring family and friends to the museum in what is stacking up to be another shining season.