Last Indian Raid Museum in Oberlin

(Frank) Back again. (Deb) Well, I told you last week that I got up to Oberlin to visit with my friend Sharleen Wurm. So, the Last Indian Raid Museum, we talked about how great it was, and that’s what this segment is about. But I want to tell you what’s going on there, and as we have been talking about this wet spring, they had a deluge there few weeks ago, had a lot of roof damage to one of the buildings. Now they’ve got almost 20 buildings on this property. You can’t believe how extensive this museum is. But one of the buildings had a lot of roof damage, and the process when I was up there a couple of weeks ago; they were busy putting on the new roof. But, you can imagine what kind of mess that makes. I don’t think they had any artifacts damaged because some girl came in and they found it as the water was coming through and they got things covered up and out of the way. But you’ve got, you know, the insulation and the ceilings; I mean it’s a mess. It’s a real mess. So it’s a big, expensive job to fix so if you can help out the Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum in their expenses in repairing this ceiling and the roof that would be very nice. So go up and take a look, drop a little something in the collection jar when you’re there. (Frank) Sounds good. (Deb) Alright, let’s take a look at this great museum. Following the Civil War, America moved West by the hundreds, by the thousands. Decatur County’s rolling grazing land and lush bottoms lured rancher and farmer alike to make a life in the northwestern reaches of Kansas. It was an important stop on the Great Western Cattle Trail, which saw thousands of longhorns driven from Texas to northern railheads and markets. The area grabbed the nation’s headlines in 1878 when a band of Cheyenne left their reservation and headed home to the Black Hills, raiding farms and homesteads in their path, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Decatur County’s Last Indian Raid Museum in Oberlin celebrates the pioneering heritage of its community while interpreting one of the most historic events on the Great Plains. More than a dozen buildings with thousands of artifacts tell the stories of men and women who built schools and railroads, soddies and silos, grocery stores and churches. Their clothes, their tools, their transportation, their photographs, all combine to tell the remarkable story of forging the bonds of community. For the tourist, the museum is a fascinating glimpse into the story of pioneering America. For folks who come home to visit from far-flung cities, the displays offer a way to reconnect to the land and to loved ones long gone. Photos of high school classes line the walls of the Alumni Room, faces that are forever young. Situated at the intersection of scenic highways 36 and 83, Oberlin is the place where friends have met on brick streets for generations. The museum is one of those locations that gives friends a reason and a place to come together once more, to reminisce or learn something new. Follow the brick streets of Oberlin to Decatur County’s Last Indian Raid Museum and meet your friends there!

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