The Buena Vista County Historical Society museum is taking on a new look as it prepared to open a new display for the upcoming season.
This year's theme is "People Getting Down to Business," showcasing the early settlers, business and industry of Buena Vista County.
The annual meeting and open house for the museum is April 28. Keith Carter of Newell will be the speaker, sharing his experiences in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. There will also be musical selections. The event begins at 2 p.m.
The Pioneer Main Street has been completed with a new glass-showcased wildlife display, utilizing weathered barn wood and complete with its own tree and pond. Warren Wilson has provided a collection of preserved wildlife to add to the museum's own specimens.
The barn display has been improved with the installation of a barn door and a new mural by Mary Veehoff that gives the illusion of a horse in another park of the barn.
Also new since last year are a painted "Cobblestone" floor for the Main Street, carpet for the museum exhibit hall, and a quality control room system to aid in the preservation of the society's clothing and other conditions-sensitive antiques. The city provided $2,500 toward the upgrades to the mechanicals system.
The historical society has received funding from the Strawn family for the "Bessie's Gardens" display at the Pioneer Log House. A new sign has been installed, and identification signs are being created for all the traditional plants.
Lilac bushes have been planted at the Schoolhouse Museum, where third grade students will be attending "Country Schools Days" in May. Other landscaping is in the works.
The historical society is continuing a project to host a large painting or mural representing the history of each community in the county. Several are now on display, but artists are still needed for pieces on Albert City, Rembrandt, Marathon, Trusedale and Storm Lake.
New officers elected by the historical society for 2002 include Marjorie Neulieb, president; Helen Dorn, vice president; Margaret Weber, secretary; and Richard Stille, treasurer.
Stop at the museum to join the society. Dues are $10 for individuals or $15 for families.