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Have you ever sat for too long and when you get up you’re stiff?  Ever thought “if only I had some oil to lubricate my joints?” like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz?  Of course you’d need an oil can to apply directly to the troublesome spot.  A long spout oil can might be just Read more…


The traveling exhibit The Way We Worked will only be at the High Plains Museum for another two weeks!  If you have not had a chance to stop by and see this amazing exhibit now is the time to do it!


At the museum we have a small research library that contains books on museum topics, items in the museum, and books that relate to Sherman County history.  The history books range from Custer, to the railroad to life on the plains.  One book however that caught my eye was Courtship Letters of John Bruere and Lydia Miller 1888. 


On September 21, 22, and 23, 1886 Sherman County had its first fair! It looked different from the fair we know today.  They still had crafts, livestock, and agricultural products, but also had pony and horse races and a baseball game!


When Sherman County was first started children went to school in one room school houses.  It was very different from how it is now, with some children only going three months and eight grades were taught in the same room all together!  Teachers taught with whatever they had on hand and boys and girls could not play Read more…


Black Kettle was a wild horse that used to roam freely in Sherman County with a number of other wild horses before it was settled.  Black Kettle became famous because it seemed no man could catch him.  It was told that his mane and tail were so long that when resting they reached the ground.  Many tried Read more…