GRAND ISLAND, STUHR MUSEUM - If you're looking for a meaningful, historic and fun way to celebrate Memorial Day, Stuhr Museum has what you're looking for. This year’s "1890's Memorial Day" will be on Monday, May 25th, runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and takes place primarily in our 1890’s Railroad Town.
This stirring event begins at 10 a.m. when Railroad Town opens with the townspeople finding themselves in a reflective mood. They gather at the Railroad Town bandstand at roughly 11:30 for a flag-led, quarter-mile procession to the rural cemetery adjacent to the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on the museum’s grounds. A short remembrance ceremony and military tribute with a firearm salute will take place.
After lunch the festivities continue at the bandstand with music provided by Railroad Town’s own Silver Cornet Band, playing patriotic favorites from the period, with the public encouraged to sing along. From there, visitors can watch a historically accurate remembrance ceremony, taken from past Grand Army of the Republic literature, which honors the serving military and those who died in service.
All day, the residents of Railroad Town will be staffing the historic homes and businesses of Railroad Town. Visitors are also invited to visit the Farm Machinery Building, featuring hundreds of pieces from small plows all the way up through steam engines.
Admission to this memorable day is $10 for adults and $8 for children. Stuhr and Hastings Museum members are admitted free of charge. For more information, contact the museum at (308) 385-5316.