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Ditch the Digital and Entertain Yourself with the Obsolete

Visit the Dickinson Museum Center

Can you use a button hook? Transfer a call using a switchboard? Recognize the sound of a teletype?

Find out when you step into the world of the out-of-date at the Dickinson Museum Center this summer at the Joachim Museum’s featured exhibit Obsoletely Entertaining! Objects Once Common, Now Obsolete. Maybe you’ll remember some of the items on display – maybe you won’t; either way, you might learn a thing or two about life offline.

While you’re at the Dickinson Museum Center, kick off your shoes and wander the 12-acre park. You can peek into the past in the historic and reproduction buildings that dot the walkway, have a picnic, or toss a ball with the kids. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guided tours are available.

Lunch pails and chalk dust echo times past in the one-room school house and the general store holds wares from another time. Or, you can visit the country church with its lofty ceilings and original altar. The reproduction buildings bring the cultures of regional homesteaders to life: the Germans from Russia stone house, the Czech Town Hall, and the Scandinavian Stabbur. All hold clues to the past and speak to the history of the region.

Ever wanted to be a pioneer? Learn about busting sod, threshing grain and making a home on the prairie at the Pioneer Machinery Building with its large collection of vintage farm and ranch equipment. Step up to the settler’s claim shack and get a feel for the typical living quarters endured by homesteaders in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The thin walls and sparse accommodations are a testament to the persistence of the people who moved here, survived and thrived.

At the Joachim Museum, you will also find a large collection of canvas prints reproduced from original negatives that tell the story better than words can. These images are evocative, humorous, and sometimes haunting. All are part of the Museum Center’s Improving Our Photographic Memory photo digitization project. The tens of thousands of images included in the collections came from two prominent studios in Dickinson, both of which were in operation from the late 1800s to about 1980.

Join us this summer at the Dickinson Museum Center to explore the past and relax in the present.

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