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Stuhr Museum is home to some of the oldest original surviving log cabin structures built and occupied by the area’s earliest known Euro-American settlers.

The vast majority of these irreplaceable log cabins were built in the Platte River Valley by some of our community’s founding families. These 160-year-old historical treasures require critical repair and restoration.

The log cabins are an integral part of the mission of Stuhr Museum and serve as a window into the lives of the founding families of Hall County and the way of life of the prairie pioneers of the 1800s.

The museum interprets the mid-19th century log cabin “Road Ranche” collection as the 1800’s answer to the modern-day rest area or travel convenience store. At these Road Ranches of the past, pioneers were able to rest, recuperate, restock their supplies, feed and water their animals, and then continue on their journey.

Within the cabins, children are able to step back in time to live like pioneers of the Nebraska prairie. Students create crafts, build miniature log cabins, and plant crops while experiencing life through the lens of the early Euro-American settlers.

They learn through practical pioneer activities during programming such as hauling buckets of water, using a yoke, and playing games that pioneer children would have played!

Our Summer Adventures Class: “Laura Ingalls Wilder” allows children and youth the opportunity to “join” Laura, Mary, Ma and Pa for a true prairie adventure!

Students learn to sew simple projects, create crafts, and cook on a wood stove, as they experience the type of prairie life that Laura would have known.

The 1800s log cabins provide educational opportunities for generations of youth through many classes and programs. These hands-on experiences leave an indelible impression, providing enrichment and capacity for new learning while connecting youth with the modest, but challenging prairie life of 160 years ago.

The Stuhr Museum log cabins provide a unique, tangible connection to the past that allows for one-of-a-kind immersive, experiential learning. Restoration will safeguard the physical structure of the settlement while also ensuring physical evidence of western expansion for generations to come.

If the log cabin settlement is not restored, valuable classroom space for educational programming at Stuhr Museum, will be lost. By showcasing original Hall County prairie pioneer homes, we endeavor to preserve, protect, and ensure our collective history now and into the future.
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