Throughout the afternoon of the Tumbleweed Festival, there is open house at both the completed Haigler Country Schoolhouse 67 South Museum and the developing
. The first Fall Tumbleweed Festival in 2008
was held as a fundraiser for the Haigler
Cornerstone Museum . This project was completed in October of
2010. Last year in 2011; the focus
turned to fundraising for the beginning of the Haigler Cornerstone
Museum--whose mission is to collect, preserve and display artifacts that
reflect the history of Haigler—the “cornerstone” of Nebraska—and the
surrounding farming and ranching community. Country
Visitors to the museums will notice new additions to the grounds, including one of the original Pioneer Ditch slip buckets; a horse drawn ice cutter; walking plows; and the tower for a wooden wheeled windmill (to be completed in spring of 2013).
Many wonderful artifacts have been donated by the community, and are on display. Old bound copies of “The Haigler Newspaper”; the original Haigler Telephone long distance phone booth, cook stoves, cream separators, saddles, jugs, tools, the safe and ledger from the Haigler Drover’s State Bank, and many more surprises will take you back in time. The most recent additions inside the Cornerstone Museum include more display cases, Haigler Eagles memorabilia, the life-sized horses displaying old sets of harness (artist Grace Powell will be giving personal tours of her work), a metal doll house w/ all the room furnishings, mannequins displaying military uniforms of WWI and the Korean War, an authentic WWII army blanket and cot, Parks post office items, and the original pot-bellied stove and bell from the Sanborn Country School.