The year 1896 ushered in Gold in the Yukon, "horseless carriages" in several cities of the world, and the construction of what is now the Faulkner County Museum.
For the first 40 years, it was the Faulkner County Jail. From 1938 to 1995 it was our Public Library.
In 1995, it became the home of the Faulkner County Museum.
The Museum holds treasures for all ages that might surprise some who have never visited.
For the young at heart, there is an extensive and elaborate model train exhibit upstairs, modeling the sights of Faulkner County.
Kids of all ages can grind their own corn and learn to make rope in the native American exhibit.
The museum is also a good place for a newcomer to see the history, maps, and art of the area, while the life-long resident can research, remember, or re-live old times with local yearbook collections from years gone by, or funeral home records, or even an old soda fountain donated by the Brannan family.
Unfortunately, when a building is over a century old, it develops problems.
Due to less than fully waterproof walls and roofing, our old Museum building is temporarily closed for mold eradication, installation of a new roof, and wall repairs, to prepare for the next hundred years.
Recent visitors should be vigilant about any sudden respiratory issues, given the recent discovery of mold in the back rooms.
The County Museum Board looks forward to re-opening the Museum soon with old memories preserved in clean, dry, fresh air.
The public will be welcome to visit, remember, and learn about their heritage again soon.
In fact, on November 5th, the Museum will host its 14th Annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commemorative Christmas ornaments will be sold to help raise funds for repairs.