(Clarinda) — After nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a historical museum in KMAland is holding a “reopening” house this weekend.
The Nodaway Valley Historical Museum reopens this weekend with an open house on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. the doors of the museum. Bergren says that even though the pandemic forced the museum to close, “the story kept going.”
“A lot of new stuff has travelled, including over 425 articles in the last year alone, so we still had to deal with that,” Bergren said. “Luckily we have a wonderful volunteer staff and board that helped keep me going, but we had to create a little special schedule for everyone so we weren’t all there at the same time. “
New items include several wedding dresses and military uniforms, bringing the museum’s military collection to over 200.
However, it’s not just the items that walk through the door that Bergren and his team have uncovered, as a box placed in a museum cupboard has revealed countless new artifacts.
“And it’s full of slides and negatives, original negatives from the (19) 40s and 50s, so we worked on those and brought them to life,” Bergren said. “We also found nine reel-to-reel video coverages of Clarinda’s runway shows and this is a hoot. So these have been fully restored and digitized and these will be viewed in the duvet room.”
Bergren says the box also included hundreds of photos from various parts of the county from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, which the museum lacked.
With the event taking place on the first Sunday in April, Bergren says it helps get the museum back into routine.
“Over the years they’ve created this ‘first Sunday’ program which is also the first Sunday of every month, and we know that during the pandemic it has limited speakers and limited everything,” Bergren said. “So that kind of gets us back into routine, so we’re back open Tuesdays and Saturdays 1-4, then every first Sunday of the month, so we’ll start doing our first Sunday programs from now on. So , hopefully we don’t have to stop this.”
Bergren also thanked the number of adult and youth volunteers and board members who have continued to help the museum over the past two years.
Refreshments and snacks will be offered during the event. For more information, contact the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum at (712) 542-3073. You can hear Trish Bergren’s full interview below.