Experience Our Heritage

Author: samanthaphilbrick


First Saturday programming kicks off this Saturday, February 1st with Construction Zone!  Between 1:00-5:00 PM we will feature the beginnings of building.  Learn what it takes to start building and then make your own creation with Imagination Playground!  Construction Zone is a come and go event for families here at the High Plains Museum.


Did you know Goodland had two opera houses?  The first opera house was located on West 10th Street between Sherman and Center Streets and went by the name of the Goodland Opera House and later, the Walker Opera House.  It was owned and operated by W.P.K. Hedrick and was first opened on April 6, 1889.  One of Read more…


When you hear the word zither, what comes to mind?  Would a stringed instrument from Austria leap to yours?


Did you know Goodland had a Welcome Wagon during the 60’s?  The photograph on the left is from 1960 and was taken during the welcome wagon groups meeting.  The two women seated in front are the co-hostesses, Pat Knudson and Francis Maricle.  The welcome wagon would come around to people new in the community and have items Read more…


Have you guessed the object?  It is a pinafore!  A pinafore according to Merriam-Webster is a sleeveless usually low-necked garment fastened in the back and worn as an apron or dress. 


Take a look at this object.  Can you tell me what it is?  Please leave your answers in the comments section below and if you guess correctly you’ll get a prize!  Stay tuned later in the afternoon for the answer!


Have you ever had a hat that lost its shape?  The way to prevent that would be a hat stand.  A hat stand can be short or tall.  All hat stands have a base with a rod and a knob at the top.  The difference in size comes from the difference in the size of the rod.  Read more…


The High Plains Museum will be closed Wednesday January 1 for the holiday.  We will reopen Thursday January 2 at 9:00 AM.  This is also your last chance to see the exhibit “Connecting Lives Sharing Culture: 100 Years of AFS” as the exhibit will close January 11.  Have a safe and happy new year!


Did you guess what the object was?  It was a spigot!  There are so many objects that we use every day that we simply take for granted.  One such object is the spigot or faucet.  According to Merriam-Webster, a spigot is a “device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container.” 


Take a look at this object.  Can you tell me what it is?  Please leave your answers in the comments section below and if you guess correctly you’ll get a prize!  Stay tuned later in the afternoon for the answer!