Expecting to tour a home when its under construction never works out very well. The same result is what happened when I stopped by Gering’s Legacy of the Plains last summer. At the point, their museum renovations were almost complete. I saw enough of the updates to know that I definitely would want to return. But for that trip, at least I was able to enjoy the “Prairie Wind Voices” exhibit.
Technically the name of the display is “Voices on the Prairie Wind,” but I decided that “Prairie Wind Voices” is a bit easier to say. Small displays lined the wall to show different aspects of cultural life. Especially featured in this exhibit are the ways that farming and ranching impact the community.
This collage provides a closer view of each of the cabinets in the “Prairie Wind Voices” exhibit. The larger image contains an old-fashioned sextant that early pioneers may have used during their travels. Looking at the tractor and sheaf of wheat demonstrates the adjustments that must be made for dry land farming. Cowboy apparel and necessities are shown in the next display. Intricate beadwork heightens the beauty of the Native American handiwork. The influence of technology is shown in the next two displays including the old-fashioned radio. Products grown or manufactured in the area is a part of that as well. Sugar beets is the final crop on display. Plantings have been asset to this area, but hard work is definitely necessary for production.
Along the other wall, a map shows more details about the Panhandle as well as the surrounding areas. This helps to put progress into context. The pictures that they chose to highlight are quite interesting as well.
To visit Prairie Wind Voices at “Legacy of the Plains”
Admission for adults is $10. For school children under 18, that cost is half price at $5. Children under 5 are free. Educational tour prices are also available if arranged in advance. This museum is open the following hours.
Winter (Jan. 1 through Apr. 8): Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer (Apr. 9 through Dec. 30): Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
If possible try to visit on one of the days that they are having their special events. No matter when you go, you will enjoy your experience. And that definitely includes the “Prairie Wind Voices” exhibit.
P.S. Even though I did not get to see the completed updated “Legacy of the Plains” museum, I definitely included this location in my book, Detour Nebraska. Parts of pages 125-127 to be precise. Their outdoor display honoring pioneers is rather quirky, so I had to include a picture of their memorable “art.” To learn how two museums became one and about some of the special annual events that take place at “Legacy of the Plains,” you will want to read that excerpt.