ALERTS

Webster County is under a Directed Health Measure until at least May 12th * The RCHS Alumni Banquet has been cancelled * Red Cloud Community Schools will be closed until further notice. School buildings are closed to the public and to students through May 31st *City of Red Cloud offices are closed to the public and the Community Center is closed as well until at least May 12th * The National Willa Cather Center is closed and all educational and Opera House programming has been canceled or postponed through the end of May * On the Brix Tasting Room reopened on March 27th but will have limited service options * Webster County Offices will have limited access and the courthouse building will be locked * The Village of Guide Rock offices will be closed to the public indefinitely * Starke Round Barn is closed indefinitely for tours and to drive-by/drop-in visitors * Webster County Community Hospital's ER entrance is locked--please use the main entrance * Webster County Historical Museum is closed indefinitely * The Palace Lounge & Steakhouse will be closed through April 3rd * The Auld Public Library is closed until further notice * Village Pharmacy is open but only doing delivery and curbside pickup

COVID-19

The South Heartland District Health Department area (Webster, Nuckolls, Clay, and Adams Counties in Nebraska) has reported at least 6 positive cases of COVID-19, 3 of which are believed to be community spread. This means that Webster County is under a directed health measure until at least May 12th. A directed health measure means restaurants and bars can only do takeout, curbside or delivery and that there is now an enforceable order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. As of 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 1st Nebraska has 214 cases and 5 deaths. Kansas has 482 cases and 10 deaths. Kansas is also under a stay at home directive while 41 counties in Nebraska (including Webster) are under a directed health measure. Travel to Red Cloud for anything other than work is not recommended at this time. We will update this page daily.

Due to heightened concerns surrounding COVID-19, the City of Red Cloud is taking precautions to best protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Effective immediately, the City Hall and the Community Center will be closed through at least April 7th.

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Webster County Historical Museum

Webster County Historical Museum

Attraction Information

Hours: Tues - Sun, 1:00-5:00 p.m. April 1-October 30
Except Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and July 4th.
The genealogy department is open year round by appointment

Housed in a 1909 classic revival style brick mansion, the Webster County Historical Museum is a beautiful landmark and an outstanding resource for learning about the area's rich pioneering and agricultural history. The four floors of the museum bring to life the early settlers of Webster County. It is a treasure trove of information about local families living in the Red Cloud and Guide Rock areas during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Items include books, diaries, Bibles, hymnals, paintings, clothing, and furniture. There are also schoolbooks and desks from the first school house in Webster County, which was opened in Guide Rock in 1867.

Mary Kingsley was the first teacher of the Guide Rock school, earning twelve dollars a month in salary. Photographs and a select few brochures and letters from Silas Garber are also available at the museum. Garber was one of the original settlers of Webster County and was the Governor of Nebraska from 1875-1879. There are a few photographs and personal accounts of the "Great Storm of Red Cloud," which happened in 1879, when a storm nearly destroyed the entire town. The majority of the town's buildings were leveled and there was over $10,000 in damages. Museum artifacts also include a 1904 Rumely steam engine and a 1910 Case threshing machine, along with other examples of early day farming machinery. 

The paleontology exhibit, "Digging Through Time" showcases some of the wondrous fossil finds that have been discovered in Webster County. The musuem's genealogy department is a popular destination for those interested in learning more about their family tree. They have marriage announcements and obituaries that date back to the late 1800s. The department also has old copies of the Blue Hill Leader and the Webster County Argus available for review and research.

Address
721 West 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 464
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone
402-746-2444