Susan Kolbo is an interpreter in Railroad Town at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. In Railroad Town she is the proprietor of the General Mercantile Emporium, a job she absolutely loves.
The emporium is filled with items most general stores would have carried in the 1890s, from candies to boots, jewelry to sewing supplies, and hats to toys. Susan researches old catalogs to see what was commonly sold in the late Nineteenth Century and then finds comparable items she can stock on her shelves. She's commonly asked why prices on her items aren't the same as they would have been in 1893, to which she replies "I can't buy them wholesale anymore for those prices let alone sell them for pennies."
Take the time to visit Railroad Town this summer, or during one of Stuhr Museum's great annual events, and stop into the Emporium for a sour cherry ball.
Shop for antiques along downtown Grand Island's historic streets.
Grand Island is a community with a deep railroad history — built by the rails and throve by the rails.
Stuhr Museum celebrates holidays throughout the year with good food, activities, and parades.