Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Pioneer Village

How do you celebrate Independence day? Our family's 4th of July traditions are almost as firmly embedded as our Christmas traditions. We make a three hour trek to a small town in Nebraska to visit Pioneer Village. It is about as non-glitzy as you can get; I think it is the antithesis of modern American attractions. I fear it may not be able to remain solvent forever, because the crowds are always small and some of the collections are sorely in need of a little TLC. Still, it has a place in our hearts and it just wouldn't be Independence Day if we didn't go! There will be patriotic music from the Senior Citizen's Band, a picnic on the grass, and small-town fireworks after dark. Sometimes we get in on the Civil War re-enactments and the historical cannon salute at nearby Fort Kearny. I'm thankful that our fun can also serve to reinforce in our children a sense of history and patriotism.

Here is a description of Pioneer Village taken from their website:

Relive America's Golden Yesterdays
You have to see it to believe it... The largest private collection of Americana anywhere. The Pioneer Village complex comprises 28 buildings on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value, restored to operating order, arranged in groups and also in the chronological order of their development. There are 12 historic buildings around the circular "green". There's a Frontier Fort, a real honest-to-goodness Pony Express Station, an Iron Horse, and a home made of sod. There's a general store and a toy store, chock full of all the goods from yesteryear. An original art collection including 25 Currier and Ives prints, 23 Jackson paintings, and the largest single collection of Rogers statues. You can ride a priceless steam carousel, see 17 historic flying machines and marvel at 100 antique tractors. See a 1902 Cadillac and a 1903 Ford, both designed by Henry Ford, plus 350 other antique cars, all displayed in their order of development. For a relaxing trip into yesterday, come to Pioneer Village.
  • Pony Express Relay Station
  • Original Elm Creek Stockade
  • Historic Country Church
  • Historic General Store
  • Historic Sod House
  • One Room School House
  • Antique Toy Collection
  • Blacksmith Shop

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