Out of the Museum

Really tied into our area’s history

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted


Last week’s mystery item from the Lincoln Area Archives Museum was a hard one to identify but significantly tied into Lincoln’s beginnings.

This week’s mystery item, which takes on a life science focus, can be found in practically every city.

If you know or might know what animal this skull belongs to, pictured above, please send answers to by Jan. 1.


Last week’s mystery item

Don Jochens: “It looks like it could be a belaying pin used on sailing ships to secure lines of running rigging.”

David Lucey: “The mystery item for this week is a pin for a link and pin type of coupling to connect railroad cars together.  This was used prior to the knuckle type coupling and air braking used today.”

According to the museum docents, last week’s mystery item is an attachment used to couple train cars together as early as the 1850s and the 1860s.  Workers had to be agile or there might be a loss of fingers and hands, the docents said.

Couplers have been changed over the years and cars are hooked now together electronically.

The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is closed for holiday break through Dec. 29 and reopens Jan. 2.