History museum opens

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Update: 10:45 pm, 9/9/17, Saturday

BISMARCK, Ill. (WCIA) — After nearly 10 years of preparation, one town has opened its history museum. People in Bismarck celebrated Saturday with tours and treats. Officials aren’t sure when the museum will be open from here on out, but they think it will probably be available to tour on weekends. 

Original: 11 pm, 8/27/17, Sunday

BISMARCK, Ill. (WCIA) — After nearly 10 years of preparation, one town is finally opening its history museum.

In 2008, the Newell Township Historical Society bought the old bank in Bismarck. Since then, they’ve replaced the door and the roof, and just about everything else. Now, the 112-year-old building will be a museum. It opens on September 9. People with the historical society say learning about the past helps people appreciate the present.

“It’s nice to be able to show the young people and the children, this is what they had to deal with. we think our times are hard now, but I think they had to work a lot harder than I think than we do now.”

The historical society plans to celebrate the opening with an ice cream social. They’ll be having that across the street at Bismarck-Henning Grade School on September 9 at 4 pm. 

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