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A museum full of fond memories

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A museum is an institution which acquires, conserves, researches and exhibits the heritage of humanity and its environment for the purpose of education, study and enjoyment.

The Lake Preston Museum is the legacy the past generation leaves to the present and future generations to understand the history of Lake Preston.

The upper area includes displays arranged to show the many aspects of a thriving town: banks, grocery stores, churches, theaters, cafes, businesses, medical and transportation entities. Rooms are dedicated to local military personnel, fire department and ambulance services and schools, along with an informational section about Lewis and Clark’s expedition.

In the lower level, the history of farming, early household appliances, living areas, vintage clothing, toys and entertainment items are showcased. The library contains many reference books for genealogy, obituaries, plat maps, scrapbooks from various clubs and early records of the town. All the issues of the Lake Preston Times, a valuable addition for researching the history of the area, are available.

One of the high points of the lower level is the collection of miniature
vignettes in custom-made, lighted cabinets created by Adrienne Olson Buel, the daughter of Delbert and Florence Olson. The display includes intricate details and has to be viewed from every angle to be fully appreciated.

The Lake Preston Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and also by appointment.

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