Group readies exhibits

Volunteers have been hard at work preparing the Greenwood Museum for another season.

This band of merry volunteers has been coming out to the Greenwood Museum every Sunday since January to paint

This band of merry volunteers has been coming out to the Greenwood Museum every Sunday since January to paint

It takes a lot of work to keep a small town museum fresh and interesting and the hard-working team volunteers at the Greenwood Museum have been working every Sunday since January to do just that by creating a couple of new exhibits.

Just like any home reno job it takes people skilled as carpenters and handy with a paint brush to make it all happen.

This year there are two major new displays opening – the Modiste Dress Shop features a beautiful old sewing machine and cabinet, a pair of handmade beadwork birds made in 1878 and 1908 and many other beautiful artifacts on display.

While there check out the photos displayed on the wall. These are reproductions of actual photos in the museum archives of former residents. Also see if you can spot the two mice that have gotten into the shop.

Another new exhibit this year is a hotel lobby that you actually walk right into. The adjoining bar that has been reproduced from a photograph of the former Algoma Hotel in Deadwood. New hardwood flooring from Son Ranch will be laid in time for the May opening. Sitting at the card table is a mannequin dressed as John Jarrett. Jarrett rode with the James-Younger Gang in his earlier years. He died in 1906 at the Sister’s Hospital in Greenwood and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Another display new this year is an immaculate Canadian military uniform donated by Greenwood resident Len Fehr.

If you haven’t stopped at the museum for a year or two you owe yourself a treat. Because, thanks to the efforts of these industrious folks, history just isn’t what it used to be.