Pope County 150 Video

0012016 marks the 150th “Birthday” of Pope County. Brent Gulsvig, our archivist and staff video expert, is hard at work on a video that will cover 150 years of Pope County History.

The video will feature animated maps as well as numerous video clips and photographs. We will cover everything from the Oxcart trails to the Powerline controversy to today.

Come and see the debut of the production at Pope County Expo on April 9, along with a series of banners highlighting different aspects of Pope County History.003

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Progress on the Wall

Things are moving along with the wall repair.

Now …. what new exhibits shall we put in?



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Big Changes at the Museum

003We took down the farmstead exhibit today at the museum. I did a bit of shooting before packing the figures away in a box. This exhibit has been in place since I was a child, but with the walls of the building undergoing needed repair, we needed to take apart several exhibits, at least temporarily. The farmstead, the tack shop and the forge / wood shop have been dismantled. The artifacts have been moved to safe locations away from the work site.012

It is an exciting opportunity to make some changes and updates to the exhibits.


The museum will remain open regular hours during the repairs, but one corner of the gallery and the period rooms will be closed to visitors until further notice.

There is still much to see in the remaining exhibits, and the family history library and archives are not affected at all by the repair work, so stop on in and see us. 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday.018

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Send a card to the future

If you send out Holiday cards with a family photo or a letter summarizing your year, please send (or drop off) a copy to the Pope County Museum. We will place it in your family file. (Did you know we keep files on all Pope County residents – past and present?)

The card will be here for your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren when they come to research their family history.

Imagine what a treasure it would be if you had a collection of letters written by your great-grandparents explaining what they did each year!

Someday, your letters will be a treasure to future generations. Let us keep them safe for you…for them.

You are welcome to add more information to your family file at any time. Memoirs, family photos, family trees, a paper printout of your blog or facebook page, Christmas letters…anything you would like saved for for future generations.

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Holiday Hours

The museum will be open:
Tuesday – Wednesday December 22-23
Tuesday – Wednesday December 29-30

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Board and Staff at the Pope County Museum.

Our regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 resume on January 5.

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Museum Closed this afternoon

Due to weather – we will be closing at 1:00 today (Wednesday). We will re-open tomorrow at ten am.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


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From the Tourists’ Eyes

Glenwood book available at the Museum.Tourists Eye Pope County Tribune Article

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