Railroad Depot Museum now open for the summer

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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The Railroad Depot Museum, located behind the Hazel L. Meyer Library in De Smet, opened Monday for the season.


The museum, staffed entirely by volunteers, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through August. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering is appreciated.


The main museum building was once the actual railroad depot in De Smet. Men’s and women’s clothing from the 1800s, including two antique dresses found in the cleanup effort following the 2003 Manchester tornado, can be seen. Volunteer Helen Gehm said they are not sure where the dresses came from originally. She said they were so well preserved that they did not have to be cleaned before being exhibited.


Other exhibits include railroad items, antique dishes, toys, tools, electronics — such as the first television in De Smet, a dentist’s chair and equipment that once was used in Dr. Scofield’s office, photographs, school memorabilia, and much more.


Another building houses an extensive wildlife display. Many of the animals are from the collection of former De Smet taxidermist Kevin Pommer.


Several larger items are on display in another building. A sign on the outside of this building identifies it as Sherwood’s Print Shop. The family of the late Aubrey Sherwood, former publisher of The De Smet News, provided funding for the building. Among the many exhibits in this building are newspaper presses and other items once used at the news office, farm machinery and tools, a 1927 Ford Model T mail truck and wagon, and mailboxes from inside the post office.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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