Our Town Grand Island: Stuhr Museum

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Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 10:34 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - An iconic place to visit in Grand Island is the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, which is a place you can visit any time of year.

During our trip the museum, we talked with Karen Buettner, who is the director of marketing and communications there. “I know we are well known for our summers here,” Buettner said. “But the winters are also very exciting for us. We are in the middle of our Christmas past and present event. It’s a step back in time to the sights and smells that made a prairie Christmas what it was. It’s really fun for visitors in the evenings. It’s lit by lanterns, and it’s absolutely beautiful. We also offer some house tours for a closer look during the day time hours.”

Stuhr Museum officials are working to make sure people know that the museum is a place to visit year round. “We are always looking for ways to grow,” Buettner said. “One of those ways is to create a year round experience for our visitors. That’s really what we’ve been focusing on this year.”

Along with the winter activities at Railroad Town, there are other Christmas events happening at the Stuhr Museum. “One of my favorites is in the Stuhr Building is the Fantasy of Trees. That is an exhibit that brings together organizations from all over the area. There is usually about 100 Christmas trees all decked out in different themes, based on how the organizations want to do it. It’s just a friendly competition where we award the people’s choice, the best tree, and there’s even a category called ‘is it a tree’? Along side that, we are part of the Tri-City Food Fight. It’s a fight against hunger, and we donate to our respective food banks.”

When you visit, be sure to tour the Stuhr Building, but also make plans to visit the outbuildings, such as the barn, the houses, and the church. Those are places where you can walk, and we are told that in winter, the farmstead and pioneer buildings are great to see. Be sure to make plans to visit the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer the next time you visit Our Town Grand Island.

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