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Archives Museum to expand hours

Know and Go: The Lincoln Area Archives Museum will now be open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Wednesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Lincoln has changed quite a bit over its history. For instance, Awful Annie’s used to be a grocery store and a hotel once was where Big O Tires is now. Information like this, and photos of Lincoln over the years are what can be found at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, which will now be open five days a week, starting Monday. “People have come forward from Lincoln offering their time,” said Shirley Russell, the Archive Museum’s volunteer executive director. Russell said the museum went from having five volunteers two months ago, to now having 14, which is why the museum will be able to be open five days a week. Right now, the Archive Museum is only open on Wednesdays. Jerry Logan, who started the museum in 1993 and is also an adviser, said the museum being open four more days “makes it more convenient” for people who can’t make it to the museum on Wednesdays. “More people will have more opportunity to come to the Archives,” Logan said. Volunteers will greet patrons and help them use the archives, according to Russell. George Patterson, a member of the Archive Museum’s board, said visitors can use the museum to learn about local history and their family history. The Archives Museum has a variety of resources available to learn about local history and seek a good mystery. That includes old photographs, Lincoln High School yearbooks and even the time sheets for Gladding, McBean in 1940. “I think it’s fascinating because the Lincoln area is rich in history,” Russell said. “I want people to know the history of this area is rich with so many things.” Patterson said the museum is also trying to “involve younger people” by having them come in and help so they can know about their city’s history and also that of their family’s. “I’m also a genealogist and wish I had started when I was younger,” said Patterson. He said there will be a virtual museum in the next two years, where the museum’s materials can be viewed online. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@goldcountrymedia.com.